Dr. Agnes Wainman, C. Psych.
I understand what it's like to feel overwhelmed, to face unexpected life stressors and to struggle with finding balance between self-care and the care of everyone else. I know what it's like to feel like you're doing everything that you "should" do, yet it still never feels like it's enough. It is exhausting, both physically and emotionally. I want to help you silence that nagging voice in your head that says that you're not good enough or that you're not doing enough. I want you to be able to enjoy your life without having to imagine all the possible worst case scenarios and feeling like you need a contingency plan for all of them. My passion is to help you put you back on your own priority list, without guilty or worry.
I decided to pursue my PhD in clinical psychology because I have always been intrigued by people, their stories, their relationships, their responses to stressful situations and their resilience. During my studies at Western University in London, Ontario, I was incredibly lucky to have trained in a number of different settings including working with university students at the Student Development Centre, patients with spinal cord injuries at Parkwood Hospital, patients living with chronic pain and other medical conditions at London Health Sciences Centre. I received training in a number of different theoretical orientations including cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy and mindfulness meditation training. During my residency at the London Clinical Psychology Residency Consortium, I continued my training within programs such as the Fertility Clinic and received specialized training in the relationship between physical health and emotional well-being. Following the completion of my Doctoral Degree, I began working in private practice and then founded London Psychological Services. I am so privileged to be invited into your life.
In addition to my clinical work, I love sharing resources on the blog, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. I also provide talks within our London community. If you have a group or organization that could benefit from a talk on issues such as stress management, self-care, or transitioning and thriving in motherhood, please contact me here.
Am I the right psychologist for you?
One of the best predictors of success in therapy is the fit between you and the person you are working with. I truly value fit and want to ensure that I am the right choice for you. Those who tend to benefit the most from working with me are feeling like they are running on fumes. Your coping tank is empty and something has got to give. Your normal coping strategies aren't working anymore and if we looked up "burnt out" in the dictionary there is a good chance that your picture would be there. You take care of everyone else, are the fixer, the problem solver and always have a contingency plan for when/if things go awry. You may even be an anxious overachiever. You may struggle with imposter syndrome. You may be struggling with one of life's curveballs, like infertility, and your usual coping strategies aren't working. You are ready to make changes. You are ready to refuel.
Our work together will always be collaborative. We will laugh together. I love using analogies to illustrate patterns in your life, and some of them will be awesome and some will be terrible (I apologize in advance). You will never have to apologize for crying or try to shut down your feelings. Our time together will be all about you and your needs, so it may feel a bit foreign at first. We will figure out how you got to this place in your life and try to ensure that you do not feel this bad again.
If you would like to set up an appointment, please call or e-mail. If you have any additional questions, please get in touch as well. I'm always happy to chat to see if we would be a good fit.