About Erin and Laura
I am a trauma therapist, certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR). I have been in practice for 10+ years and I will work with anyone in need of assistance. I have significant experience working with Veterans, active Military, RCMP and Police. I am also trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for individuals suffering from panic, phobias, anxiety and depression. I work regularly with college and university students in the areas of stress, anxiety and burnout. I am extremely approachable and I make clients feel at ease, because I know how much courage it takes to begin therapy and open yourself up to trusting a professional. I often use trauma therapy (EMDR) for a wide range of challenges. I am also trained in Recent Traumatic Events Protocol (RTEP) to help individuals who have experienced a recent trauma or tragedy (within 3 months of the event). I can speak and understand French.
Graduate Intern: Laura Kubisheski
I am so happy for the opportunity to join Erin’s clinic. I have previously completed an Honours Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Graduate Certificate in Autism and Behavioural Science. I have many years’ experience working with children and youth who have struggled with ASD, ADHD and behavioral issues. I also work as an EA with the Upper Canada District School Board which has helped me to understand the school system and how parents and students can experience a wide range of difficulties.
I will be using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Solution Focused Therapy as a framework for my sessions.
In my learning practice I would like to work with teens and adults who struggle with anxiety, depression, stress and job burn-out. My approach to therapy is to be where you are at in your life circumstances. I will listen and let you explain what you hope to gain from therapy, then together, we will come up with a treatment plan. I am highly empathetic and non-judgmental, I have life experience and I understand what it is like to go through challenging times. I hope to build a trusting relationship with my clients and help them through their journeys. I look forward to working with you.
in Kingston, Ontario
Trauma can overtake our lives in unpleasent ways and it can take many forms such as PTSD or Acute Stress reaction which include a multitude of symptoms such as panic attacts and hypervigilence. EMDR therapy helps to lower the physical and emotional responses thereby improving your quality of life and those around you.
Stress is like an iceberg coming out of the ocean: individuals only see your "chaos" on the surface not the disappointment, guilt, loss, shame, sadness and frustration which lies beneath. Stress and burnout are becoming mainstays in today's culture. We have many demands and pressures and not enough time for relaxation and reflection. Through CBT, EMDR and "simplicity guidance" I can help you to slow down by teaching relaxation and mindfullness skills.
Grief and Loss
All of us are impacted by loss in our lives, it is highly inevitable. I want to help you understand your reactions to those losses and allow yourself the right to navigate your "new normal".
Anxiety is a very common struggle for many individuals in today's society. I use many different treatment modalities for tackling this inconvenience. I generally start at the beginning by exploring childhood memories and developmental histories.
What is EMDR?
EMDR utilizes an 8-phase standard protocol for processing traumatic memories. Dysfunctional/pathological traits, behaviors, beliefs, affects, and body sensations are seen as manifestations of the unprocessed memories. It is a 3-pronged approach targeting the past, present and future issues. The intent of the EMDR approach to psychotherapy is to facilitate the client’s innate ability to heal. Therefore, during memory reprocessing, the therapist intervenes as little as possible to allow the client time to process the trauma using bi-lateral stimulation. Bi-lateral stimulation means using a tool that helps the eyes moves back and forth. It may sound intimidating, but the processing only begins after getting to know your history and teaching a few grounding/relaxation techniques.
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Erin Merry MSW, RSW
Certified EMDR Trauma Therapist
“I find you very easy to talk to and it's easy for me to open up. Thank you very much for all your help.”
- Linda D.
“Waiting to get help makes it harder to heal. Don't wait. Erin knows what she is doing and I highly recommend her.”
“If it wasn't for you, I don't know if I would be here today. I'm very grateful.”
- Julie C.
- Jessie P.
“Erin is an excellent EMDR therapist and a compassionate and dedicated clinician. She has demonstrated a thorough understanding and skill in her application of EMDR Therapy for a variety of clinical situations in her work with veterans, survivors of trauma, abuse and relationship issues.”
“I have collaborated with Erin on complexes cases over the years. She has helped many clients through trauma successfully with EMDR.”
- Dr. Jan Wilson (Psychologist)
- Kathy Karn, M.Ed., RP, (C) OOACCPP
(EMDRI Approved Consultant and Trainer)
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