About Paula Eagles
Paula is a Registered Psychotherapist and member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. In 2016, nearly three decades after completing her B.A. in Psychology-Neuroscience at Laurentian University, Paula returned to academia and completed her master’s degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology at Adler Graduate Professional School.
Paula brings a warm, compassionate, friendly, and engaging style that is client-centered and collaborative. As a mature and eclectic individual, she imbues a natural sense of ease and adventure into her therapy sessions. Paula is committed to creating a safe and non-judgmental environment where clients are supported, honored, and encouraged to freely explore all areas of concern. Paula helps her clients turn insights into action as they create new lifestyle choices and healthy beliefs about themselves, their relationship with others, and their place in the world.
Paula is especially interested in working with adolescents, adults, and couples who are experiencing the effects of trauma, anxiety and depression, relationship issues, and difficult life transitions. Paula’s clinical training and experience working with Psychologists and assisting with psychological assessments also helps her identify issues requiring specialized supports, such as ADHD, learning disabilities, Autism/Asperger’s, and serious mental health issues.
Over the past few years, Paula has provided specialized treatment for clients experiencing PTSD and complex trauma. She has helped these clients work through a variety of concerns including occupational stress, secondary trauma and compassion fatigue, childhood trauma/abuse, grief and loss, adjustment issues, substance use, phobias, and the impacts of motor vehicle accidents (MVA) including chronic pain and traumatic brain injury. Paula also draws from her own life experience, as she has worked through the effects of childhood trauma, parental divorce and family estrangements, tragic losses of loved ones, chronic pain, and the physical and emotional effects of multiple car accidents.
While many clients choose to work on singular issues, like developing more effective coping strategies or interpersonal skills, others search for deeper answers in pursuit of their authentic selves. Paula is especially keen on helping individuals who are struggling with issues related to personal identity, belonging, life satisfaction, and existential-spiritual concerns. To help these clients work toward deeper insights and a more transformative experience, she uses several experiential techniques that involve visualizations, metaphors, archetypes, and dreams. She also has a special interest in working with people who are “highly sensitive” or empathic. As a “highly sensitive person” herself, Paula understands the unique struggles that often accompany this set of personality traits.
As a life-long learner who thrives on personal growth, Paula brings a wealth of life experience to her work as a psychotherapist. Her previous ventures include a career as a Correctional Officer with young offenders, owning/operating two businesses (a multi-faceted holistic-metaphysical business and a small fine arts/design business), work in psychometric testing, workshop facilitation, and creative activities including theatre arts (acting, directing, etc.). Through her work and extensive practicum placements (1000+ hours) Paula has had the privilege of engaging with a wide range of culturally diverse clients, from young children to older adults. She has worked in a variety of settings, including private practice clinics (psychology and integrative health), self-employed retail/clinic, correctional facilities, and academic and occupational settings (on-site testing).
Outside the office, Paula enjoys spending time with her husband of 25 years and their highly social cat. She loves to socialize with friends and family, which usually involves lively and deep discussions about the state of humanity and the world at large, or the odd game of Scrabble. Otherwise, her interests involve creative and spiritual (non-denominational) activities, writing poetry when inspiration strikes, holistic healing, home renovations and gardening, and indulging in “good TV” on endless topics.