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The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.
- Carl Rogers 

Ali Burke MSW, RSW

I am a seasoned therapist with over fourteen years in practice, supporting individuals, couples and families faced with the effects of depression, anxiety, trauma, stress, loss, and significant mental health and substance use concerns.

To explore how therapy might help, reach out today:





Narrative therapy supports individuals, families and couples with the belief that they are experts in their own lives and have many skills, abilities and values to draw upon to manage the difficulties that they are faced with.   This highly respectful form of therapy has been shown to be effective with children, teenagers and adults, as well as families facing a variety of challenges including:  Grief and loss, anxiety, depression, stress, relationship difficulties, and trauma.


The treatment of trauma can include a number of treatment modalities such as: Attachment-focussed therapy, Narrative Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, and Cognitive Processing Therapy.  We will work together to determine the best fit for you. The initial goal of trauma therapy is to develop skills and strategies to manage the impacts of trauma and regain a sense of safety.

Change and wellness are within reach.  


If you are feeling stuck, lost, or overwhelmed, counselling is a good place to start. Whether you are struggling with depression, anxiety, the impacts of trauma, or relationship challenges, counselling offers real support and fosters real change. 

My aim is to provide a safe, validating, and confidential space to explore the challenges and stressors that are getting in the way of your wellness and your relationships.  Most importantly, counselling will help you identify the concrete tools and strategies that work best for your to increase your resilience and move forward in the direction you choose. 



In-Person and Virtual Services: 

  • In-person services are available in Cambridge, Ontario. 

  • Services are also available virtually by video-conferencing or telephone to all Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador Residents. 



Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a solution focussed therapy that highlights the connections between thoughts, emotions, behaviours and physical sensations.   It is an evidenced based treatment for a wide range of difficulties including: depression, anxiety, insomnia, addiction, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and chronic pain, among others.


Mindfulness-based therapy is an evidenced based treatment that supports individuals to develop skills to increase their present moment awareness.  It has been shown to reduce the impacts of stress, depression, anxiety, and other life challenges.



Contact me by email or phone to schedule an appointment, or to arrange a time to discuss your needs and to learn more about how counselling might help you. 

32 Grand Ave. South, Cambridge, Ontario 


Land Acknowledgement:  I acknowledge that the land that Oakwood Counselling is situated on is the the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabe, and Haudenosaunee Peoples. I also acknowledge the enduring presence and deep traditional knowledge, laws, and philosophies of the Indigenous people with whom we share this land today. We are all treaty people with a responsibility to honour all our relations.

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