About

Why Beach Grove Counselling

Let’s say you have been asked something like “Imagine a place where you feel calm.” People often respond with being on a beach, near a lake, by the seaside, along a river. Water and beaches are evocative of calm and peaceful states.

People will also say they are among trees, walking through a forest, strolling through a glade, dell or valley. These places can also surface feelings of serenity and of being connected.

Beach Grove Counselling strives to be this safe place. A place where you can feel connected with another human, a place where you are at the centre, a place of calm.

Beach Grove Counselling is an online counselling service. We work with adults who are experiencing grief, loss, work disruption, job loss, anxiety, stress, and depression.

You are welcome to explore how we can work with you.


About Matthew


Matthew Asser, MEd, MA, CCC, RP
Principal & Registered Psychotherapist
Beach Grove Counselling
My name is Matthew Asser, and I am the owner of Beach Grove Counselling. Prior to moving to Ontario (many years ago now), I lived in a small community. Like many small towns it had different residential pockets. We lived in Beach Grove, an old beach house community going back a century. Our home was built in the ‘30s, on three hemlock logs that had long since sunk into the sand. Beach Grove had its own elementary school and was (at the time) a community of teachers, artists, and aging hippies, among others of course.

It was a community that was safe, where neighbours met and talked, and houses were often left unlocked. Kids from Beach Grove would ride their bikes in packs up to the high school in a different part of the town. Our house was often populated by wayward adults, the recently separated, the lonely, and others who felt they were at the margins of society. It was also a joyous micro-community, our house was a safe place.

Beach Grove Counselling is reflective of these memories and values.


Qualifications

My work at Beach Grove Counselling is a synthesis of my education and clinical experience in Counselling, with my education and experience in Distance Education and Coaching.

Formal Education
Yorkville University
– Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology (MA)

Athabasca University
– Master of Education in Distance Education (MEd)

Credentials
College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario
– Registered Psychotherapist (RP designation)

Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association
– Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC designation)

York University
– Emotion-Focused Therapy, Level 1

University of Toronto (OISE)
– Solution-Focused Brief Therapy & Counselling Program (Fall 2020)

Windz Institute (Toronto)
– The Brief & Narrative Therapy Certificate Program (Fall 2020)

Traumatology Institute Toronto
– Clinical Traumatologist Certificate (TITC-CT)
– Early Intervention Field Traumatologist (TITC-FT)
– Compassion Fatigue Specialist (TITC-CFST)

Evergreen Certifications
– Certified Clinical Telemental Health Provider (CTMH)

Institute of Certified Anxiety Treatment Professionals
– Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional (CCATP)

Professional Education
TeleHealth for Mental Health Professionals: 2-days PESI, Inc.

Rewire the Anxious Brain—Using Neuroscience to End Anxiety, Panic, and Worry: 2-days, PESI, Inc.

First Nations Cultural 1-Day Workshop: Niijkiwendidaa Anishnaabekwewag Services Circle, Peterborough

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy for Single Session Therapy: 2-days

Narrative Approach to Single Session & Walk-In Therapy: Windz Institute, 2 days

2019 Ontario Walk-In Counselling Symposium: Windz Institute, 2 days

5-Day Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Intensive Training: Sponsored by Kinark

ASIST—Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training: LivingWorks Education Inc., 2 days

Mental Health First Aid: Mental Health Commission of Canada, 2 days