Ainsley Powell

Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.” – Rabindranath Tagore

Hello and welcome! There are times in our lives when the direction along our path remains unclear. We know we are going forward, yet we are unsure of our destination. It is in these moments of life that we may turn to our systems of support to help guide the way. As a member of your support system, my goal is to help plant the seeds along your path that will allow you to weather the storm and emerge along your journey with blossoming hope. I am proud of you for taking a brave step toward this goal.

My Practice Area

I primarily work with individuals (aged 16+), couples, and families (with children aged 12+) who are navigating intrapersonal or interpersonal conflict, relationship concerns with self and other, communication issues, and adjustment to life-cycle transitions. I also work with such presentations as coping with career burnout, depression, anxiety, grief, and ADHD. Having lived courageously with type 1 diabetes for 30+ years, I have a sincere interest in supporting individuals and their families navigating the psycho-social impacts of chronic illness on emotional and relational well-being.

My Therapeutic Approach

I strive to create a safe therapeutic space where my clients will feel seen, heard, and understood. Together, we will connect at a fundamentally human level, where empathy and compassion meet the human experience. We will then work to understand your concerns by broadening the perspective toward a systemic lens. This means I will lean in with curiosity toward the familial, social, and cultural narratives that influence the relational sense of self. We will work to bring awareness to the interaction dynamics that inform your current challenges, while also identifying your inner sources of resiliency to foster relational growth.

My Education & Professional Development

Inspired by family legacy, I believe deeply in the value of education, the power of human connection, and the tools that accompany meaningful communication. It is through my formal education that I have blended my personal values with my professional identity. I have a Collegiate Diploma in Social Studies with a concentration in Child Studies from Dawson College; a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology & Child Studies from Concordia University; and a Master of Arts degree in Counselling, Psychotherapy & Spirituality, with a concentration in Couple & Family Counselling from Saint Paul University. I am recognized by the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario as a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) (#15945). For my continued professional development, my psychotherapy services operate under the clinical supervision of Anjali Joseph, MA, RP, RMFT.

About Me

It is an honour to accompany my clients through the challenges of life. When I am not practicing psychotherapy, I enjoy turning to sources of creativity in which I can self-express through movement, such as in dance, yoga, and Pilates. These practices allow me to turn toward my own sources of resiliency within the challenges of life. As well, together with my life partner and our pet poodle, we enjoy adventuring. Whether it be in our own backyard or across the pond, we allow these adventures to inspire connection and exploration. And when possible, we enjoy prioritizing downtime with our close network of family and friends.

I am currently accepting new clients and would be glad to connect for a free 15-minute phone consultation to address your questions or curiosities, and to learn more about how I can best support you along your journey. Please feel free to reach out by email at ainsleyrp@cottonmillrehab.com.

I look forward to connecting!