Burlington, ON – Marleen Filimon
Registered Psychotherapist, BSc., MSc
I love working with individual, teens, and families who experience stress and discomfort due to anxiety, depression, a traumatic experience, relationship issues, and self-esteem issues gain a better understanding of what they are going through.
I specialize in working with Emergency Responders (i.e. Police Officers, Fire Fighters, Paramedics, and ER personnel) and family members of suicide victims
My passion for working with trauma victims stems from two very important and personal life lessons. The first one is my own traumatic experience and shopping for “the perfect therapist” to help me battle my inner demons. I tried many different paths, have been guinea-pigged on by an intern experimenting with her own self-taught therapy, and finally ended at the doorstep of my last therapist. Her enthusiasm for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and the effect it had on me finally gave me the chance to make peace with my past and live my life to its full potential.
The second one stems from my working experiences as (a) a socio-therapist at a forensic psychiatric hospital coaching rehabilitated detainees with a mental health disorder back to society, and (b) as a trauma therapist for the United Nations in Haiti. For this last one, myself and a team of other mental health professionals were responsible for the welfare of more than twelve thousand UN personnel, including civilians, UN police, UN firefighters, and UN military personnel.
In my sessions I use an eclectic approach combining Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Narrative Therapy and Acceptance Commitment Therapy.