Working with Me

fees

Individuals ages 18 and up: $150 per 50 minute session

Sliding scale available; contact me to confirm eligibility

location

In-person at The Therapy Commons in Burlington:

3425 Harvester Rd, unit 213, Burlington, ON L7N 3M7

Walk & Talk/outdoor sessions available in Hamilton.

Take advantage of the soothing effect of being in nature.

We can walk at your pace or find a quiet spot to talk.

E-mail me for more details.

I also work virtually across Ontario and Canada, via phone or secure video.

In-person at The Therapy Commons in Burlington:

3425 Harvester Rd, unit 213, Burlington, ON L7N 3M7

Walk & Talk/outdoor sessions available in Hamilton. Take advantage of the soothing effect of being in nature. We can walk at your pace or find a quiet spot to talk.

E-mail me for more details.

I also work virtually across Ontario and Canada, via phone or secure video.

hours

MONDAY - THURSDAY | 11am-8pm

FRIDAY | 12pm-6pm

SATURDAY | 12pm-5pm

how I work

I have a relaxed, conversational approach, welcoming all emotions, experiences, and personal histories. You can be messy or uncertain in sessions—it's all part of the process. If something feels off in your life or relationships, but you're not sure what, I'm here to help you navigate it.

I'm easy to talk to, down-to-earth, and nonjudgmental. I've been through my own challenges and I understand the struggle and importance of taking small steps toward change.

With empathy and compassion, I'll support you to work on your goals at your pace. I can help you process emotions, learn coping skills, challenge unhelpful thoughts, and figure out what you really want in your life or relationships. Together, we can work toward getting you back on track to living the life you envision for yourself.

If you're curious about working together, book a free consultation to see if we're a good fit.

some of the approaches I use:

Psychodynamic Therapy

I use a psychodynamic approach to learn how your past experiences and relationships have shaped your current strengths and challenges. This approach can help uncover limiting beliefs, distorted thought processes, and emotional processes that might be keeping you stuck.

In practice, this looks like having deep conversations about your personal history, including your childhood, your family dynamics growing up, and impactful relationships and events throughout your life. A psychodynamic approach helps explore the different patterns and aspects of your life and self that could use attention.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to help untangle the feedback loops between beliefs, thoughts, emotions, and behaviour that are keeping you stuck. CBT helps root out and shift negative beliefs and cognitive distortions in order to improve mental well-being and change problematic cycles in our lives.

Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)

I have training in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for both couples and individuals. EFT is a modality that can help clients improve deep-seated patterns in their relationships, emotions, and sense of self. It's an experiential approach that gently guides the client(s) through their challenging emotional and communication patterns to learn new, healthier ways of handling them and connecting with others.

Polyvagal Theory

Polyvagal theory is a framework that helps us understand how our body's nervous system responds to stress, trauma, and social interactions. It explores how feelings of safety and threat influence our emotions, behaviours, and motivation for social connection. Polyvagal theory also helps clarify how trauma and difficult experiences shift our body's automatic responses, and how we can shift them back toward feelings of safety.

Polyvagal theory can help us gain insight into our own reactions and coping mechanisms, and learn what we need in order to feel safe.

education & training

MA: Spiritual Care & Psychotherapy, MLUC, Wilfrid Laurier University - 2023

BA: Psychology, Concordia University - 2019

BA: Communication Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University - 2008

Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy - 2024

Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy - 2022

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) - 2020

Anti-Oppression Training - 2010

CRPO License #14898

OSRP member

Verified by Psychology Today

a bit about me

I love nature, plants, gardening, photography, playing guitar, singing, karaoke ('80s, '90s, and '00s hits all day please), and dancing my heart out.

I lived in Montreal for 10 years where I worked as an assistant to an illustrator, was in 2 bands, volunteered in community bike shops, and made linocut and woodcut prints for a spell.

I'm part of the Latvian community here in Hamilton.

Songs on repeat:

Smalltown Boy by Bronski Beat

Too Much by Carly Rae Jepsen

Red & Blue Jeans by the Promise Ring

Crush by Jimmy Eat World

Favourite self-soothing practices:

Lying under a tree and looking up through its branches

Going for a walk in nature, through a cute neighbourhood, or at dusk

Cuddling with my old lady cat

Favourite quote:

"Anything worth doing is worth doing badly."—Julia Cameron

(Meaning, we don't have to be perfect or get things right all the time. It's okay to make mistakes—that's part of being human. You're allowed to try new things and not be good at them. I think this applies mostly to things like creative pursuits, new projects, and developing new skills.

For things like parenting and relationships, I'd say it's human and normal to make mistakes, but it's important to own it when you do and work on doing better.)

want to work with me?

This is what beginning the therapy process looks like.

01

Book a complimentary consult call to see if working together could be a good fit.

02

If you choose to go ahead, book your intake session. Fill in your intake form and informed consent form.

03

In your intake session, we'll discuss your current concerns, challenges, and goals. We'll begin formulating a therapeutic plan tailored to your needs.

Book your free consult call

Get unstuck and show up for your life and relationships more fully.

Zinta Auzins

Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario

virtual, in-person, and walk & talk therapy

zinta@litfromwithincounselling.com

(226) 705-0564