Hi. I’m Laura Boyko.
For 20 years I have worked with individuals with a variety of concerns such as mental health, addictions, relationships, and challenging life circumstances in a variety of environments such as community-based care, hospital and postsecondary education. I enjoy supporting people as they manage life transitions and set new goals. I invite couples to reignite their love for each other through a respectful and collaborative process. I engage with families who are traversing through stages of change with empathy and active listening.
My expertise in areas such as mental health, addictions, relationships (i.e. communication and conflict resolution), grief/loss, sex & sexuality and employment transitions will hopefully match a challenge that you are currently facing.
Whatever may be testing you right now, know that you are not alone. I am glad you are taking this step to care for your mental health and be your very best version of you.
I am a registered social worker (MSW RSW) with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. I have a Master of Social Work from York University and a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Yorkville University. I am a certified Life & Leadership Coach(ACC) and registered through the International Coaching Federation(ICF). I am a lifelong learner and take every opportunity to learn about others, new counselling approaches and the world around me.
I have developed skills in different approaches to therapy such as cognitive behavioural therapy(CBT), Internal Family Systems (IFS Informed), solution-focused, dialectical behavioural therapy(DBT) and often incorporate mindfulness and meditation as well. I am also trained in equine assisted therapy.
I continue to strive to improve my practice and skills through regular engagement in courses, podcasts and webinars as education doesn’t always happen through formal academic means.
Outside of providing therapy to my amazing clients, I am married to my husband and partner in life and mother to two daughters. I give back to my community by volunteering on the Board of a local community health centre. I love to play volleyball and walk with my Australian Sheppard, Sadie.
I look forward to hearing from you soon!
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Questions you may have
Going to see someone about your problems can be scary.
Lets get you the information you want to know.
People at all stages of life seek counselling to explore, discover and seek ways to improve or manage their mental health and relationships. 1/5 people will experience some form of mental health concern in any given year. It is a leading cause of disability in Canada. At any time 500,000 employed Canadians are unable to work due to mental illness. I work with youth(12+), young adults, mid-life to older adults.
Counselling can help you understand your mental health better and learn ways to cope better or find solutions. It can provide a place to learn more about yourself and your relationships so that you can live a more harmonious and peaceful life. It can help you see things differently in order to move past old hurts or traumatic experiences and feel in control of your thoughts, feelings and behaviours.
One on one counselling for individuals struggling with a variety of concerns using evidence-based practices. Feel comfortable knowing that all the intersections of you will be welcomed in a non-judgmental space where your thoughts & feelings can be discussed.
Relationships can be challenging for a variety of reasons; communication, trust & commitment concerns and ways to manage the conflict are some. BeWell welcomes all couples to learn to love, appreciate and harness the relationship you dream of.
The stages of life raising a family can be filled with experiences that test us but also fill us with joy. Family therapy is provided in an age-appropriate and engaging way that all members will feel heard and respected.
Equine Assisted Therapy
Equine Assisted Therapy (E.A.T.) is a form of therapy that uses a therapist, equine specialist and therapy horse, working together to elicit growth and healing for the client. All activities unmounted. No riding experience required.
1:1 or Group/Corporate Sessions available
In the spirit of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, I am privileged to live and work here today and acknowledge that we are gathering from a variety of traditional and treaty territories including the Mississaugas of Scugog Island, First Nation, the Mississauga Peoples and the treaty territory of the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation. It is on these ancestral and treaty lands that we teach, learn and live.