Annette Ruel is a registered social worker (#13233) with a master’s degree in social work and postgraduate training in the area of mental health and trauma. She is honored to be part of the team at the Shuswap Clinical Counselling Center and welcomes the opportunity to join children, youth and families in a therapeutic counselling relationship.
About Annette Ruel, MSW, RSW
Registered Social Worker
I am the proud mom of two beautiful daughters and have in my life a very special little three year old Simon. I am grateful that I am able to call the Shuswap my home and everyday enjoy the mountains and countryside beauty which surrounds us.
Within the context of BC Public Service, I've worked in this region for approximately twenty years where I have had the privilege to walk alongside and support the journeys of children, youth and families. Within a holistic lens, I see the value of locating problems within the sociopolitical context of the environments in which we live. I believe the developmental phase of adolescence brings forth many challenging moments, and I am always honored to work closely with youth and engage in courageous conversations around issues of bullying, self-esteem, anger, anxiety, depression, self-harm, as well as suicidal thinking. I am grateful for the opportunity to support adults in their parenting role - inclusive of foster and adoptive families - as well as adults confronted by their own personal issues. I recognize the importance of cultural diversity and hold high regard for issues faced by aboriginal communities.
For the last several years I've worked in the area of child & youth mental health in the community and in our schools where I assumed responsibility for intake, assessment, suicide risk assessments, treatment planning, psychiatry, and outreach counselling. My professional interests include a strong commitment to ongoing learning in the area of trauma; how to reframe painful experiences, and reveal strategies so that historical trauma has less control in our everyday life and relationships. I am trained in the work of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) and find it useful in the process of releasing traumatic material or in conjunction with other therapies for safe and effective treatment.
I believe that we all aspire to live our life well. However, there are times in our journey when coping becomes difficult and beyond our capacity. It is my desire to bear witness to your experience, and to offer a safe and professional space that will allow joy and freedom back into your life. Sharing experiences, stories, and vulnerabilities takes great courage and strength, for which I have enduring respect. As a clinical counsellor, I draw from a combination of different treatment modalities and in efforts to find solutions, we together can create a plan that is unique to you and your situation and/ or family.