Get to know . . .

Riley Giles

Offers Reduced Rates / Psychotherapy Internshe/her/hers

Riley is a bubbly therapist in training who strives to make the therapy room a little brighter for her clients. Riley values building genuine and meaningful connections across diverse backgrounds. As Riley is a curious and growth-oriented person, she places great importance on empathetic listening to fully understand her clients’ unique experiences and perspectives. Riley offers a warm, comforting and nonjudgmental space where you can be your authentic and genuine self. She believes healthy and honest communication is the key to positive and fulfilling relationships.

Offering Sessions in . . .
  • Individual Therapy
I’m the therapist for you if:
  • You wish to develop a better understanding of your thoughts, emotions and behaviours
  • You’re a woman looking to explore emotional and sexual intimacy, as well as sexual empowerment
  • You would like a therapist who has strong background knowledge in the education field and the stressors that come from it
  • You wish to strengthen your communication skills
  • You’re a student that would like to develop strategies to manage and overcome stress associated with school responsibilities, and work towards prioritizing a good work-life balance

Session Types: Individual Therapy, Virtual Therapy

Therapeutic Interests: Communication, Emotional Awareness, Conflict Resolution,  Trust, Existential Therapy and Meaning-Making, Core Beliefs and Values, Growth, Purpose, Anxieties Accompany Aging, Grief and Loss, Motivation, Anxiety, Stress and Work-life Balance, Role Conflict/Strain, Life-Transitions, Family Bonds and Close Relationships, Re-Discovering and Discovering Sex and Intimacy, Confidence, Self-Esteem, Body Acceptance, Sexual Attitudes and Communicating Individual Desires

Approaches: Strength-Based Approaches, Constructivist Approaches, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Attachment based Therapy, Person-Centred Approaches, Psychodynamic Approach, Motivational Interviewing, Compassion-Based Approaches, Intersectional, Anti-Oppressive and Inclusive Frameworks

Favourite Resources:

  • Come As You Are by Emily Nagoski (Podcast)
  • Gottman Card Deck (App)
  • We Aren’t Really Strangers – Friend and Couple Version (Physical card deck)
  • @Jayshetty (Instagram)
More About Riley

Riley completed her undergraduate degree at Nipissing University in the Honours Specialization in Child and Family Studies program. She is currently completing her Masters in Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy, at Wilfrid Laurier University.

Riley has experience in educational settings working mindfully with children, parents, caregivers and instructors. Additionally, she has worked with seniors to alleviate stress, anxiety and loneliness during the arrival and transitioning process to retirement home living.

Riley’s goal is to promote the wellbeing of her clients. Riley believes in listening to understand her clients’ individual worlds and realities. This approach, she believes, allows her to privilege her clients beliefs, perspectives, values and ideas, fostering a better therapeutic alliance and enhancing client growth. Riley is a lifelong learner and approaches each person she meets with curiosity, openness, acceptance, inclusivity and compassion. Riley appreciates diversity, different cultures and learning new languages.

Riley believes meeting individuals where they are in their healing process is essential in providing curated care. While Riley is growth-oriented, she understands that the change process is unique and personal, and must be approached with a client-centred lens. In session, Riley will offer gentle compassion for individuals who are feeling stuck or uncertain of where to turn next.

Riley is sex-positive, and enjoys supporting individuals in exploring what sex and sexuality mean to them. Riley is passionate about helping individuals connect better to their sexual selves and strives to enhance the communication that occurs in relationships.

Outside her professional life, Riley cherishes time with her family, friends, and pets – Vimy, Juno, Beaumont, and her chickens. She enjoys biking, hiking, traveling, playing sports, watching movies, reality TV, and staying active at the gym. Riley values appreciating the simple things in life and has a passion for nature and animals.

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