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Anna Riddell MSW, RSW

Registered Social Worker, Perinatal Therapist

Accepting New Clients

Accepting New Clients

Virtual

Daytime, Evenings, Weekends

Being a parent can feel like having your whole heart walking around in the busy body of a five-year-old. It can be wonderful, but also overwhelming. Cultural expectations around parenting don’t always give us space to explore the difficult emotions or experiences it can bring, including guilt, isolation, coping with change, loss, shifts in identity, and changes to our relationships.  The early years of parenting are a time of massive transition and growth and most of us feel unprepared and unsure how to cope; you don’t need to navigate this time alone!

With a background in clinical counselling and education, and training in emotionally focused therapy, I have a diverse range of skills to draw from in our work together.  I am passionate about supporting parents in the early years as they adjust to their new identity and roles and navigate relationship challenges.  I also deeply enjoy supporting youth and teens who are navigating their own massive developmental milestones. 

As a parent myself, I know firsthand how we all need a safe place to order and make sense of complex experiences and to process difficult emotions. Being heard and validated can develop our compassion for self and others.  Talking things through also helps us to engage in creative problem-solving that supports positive changes in our lives.  

In our work together, I will offer a safe space for you to explore your full range of emotions, including those that may feel unacceptable or difficult to share. I will help you to gain insight into your challenges and pain points, build new skills to cope differently, and offer you tools to develop healthy relationships.  It is possible to find greater fulfillment and ease in your day to day life, and I would be honoured to help you work towards this goal.

Appointments available in:

Training and experience:

  • Master of Social Work
  • Bachelor of Education
  • Bachelor of Arts Honours
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy (for Individuals & Couples)
  • Internal Family Systems Immersion
  • Integrative Sex and Couples Certification Training

Anna outside of work:

Anna is very creative! She loves dancing, teaching Visual Arts, and playing improv games with her daughter.