Registered Psychotherapist Vaishali Patel has waged a personal and professional battle against Superwoman Syndrome, where one depletes themselves by spending most of their time, energy, and effort taking care of others.
Often this can become problematic because if left unchecked, it can bring symptoms of depression, anxiety, unhealthy coping mechanisms, and strained relationships. She has found that many women who experience this have developed a belief system that encourages them to put themselves as a lower priority. In her work, Vaishali works with clients to figure out how this belief system was implemented in the past, what currently enforces it, and what they can do to critically examine and transform the belief system; so they can be better to themselves and those around them. Often Vaishali works with clients to re-evaluate priorities, establish and enforce boundaries, foster realistic healthy self-worth, and reconnect with joy.
Vaishali is registered with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario, and certified with the Canadian Counseling and Psychotherapy Association. She received her Master’s Degree in Community Counseling at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro (UNCG). She is a client centered therapist, and draws her approach from Narrative, Existential, and Positive Psychology modalities. She has been counseling since 2003, and worked in the field of Employee Assistance Programming (EAP) for more than six of those years, gaining experience and a greater understanding of the importance of work life balance, and overall wellness of individuals.
Along with issues with Superwoman Syndrome, Vaishali can help with concerns with relationship issues, bicultural identity, and life evolutions and transitions.