Services to Fit Your Needs
Rooted Thistle Counselling is committed to offering counselling services that fit your lifestyle as a busy mom. Sessions are offered in a variety of formats at flexible times to make scheduling easier. As a client of Rooted Thistle Counselling, you will have access to online scheduling and your own unique profile where you can make payments, manage appointments, and receive resources specific to what you're working on. In-person sessions are available for residents of Waterloo Region and Guelph and distanced formats are available to anyone living in Ontario. As a mom myself, I understand how difficult it can be to reach out for support and I want to make it as easy as possible for you to do so.
Common areas of Concern for Moms:
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Postpartum depression, anxiety, or rage
Self-esteem & body image
Anxiety, depression & other mental health concerns
Boundary setting, social skills & relationship building
Processing difficult emotions
Adapting to change
Past pain points that are impacting your parenting today
Moms are busy people with a lot on their plates. What works for one mom, may not work for you. I use a variety of approaches in our sessions together because I recognize therapy is not a 'one size fits all' type of situation. My goal is to get to know you and provide a comfortable place for you to open up and be yourself. If you have feedback, I want to hear it and make sure the direction we are going in therapy is working for you.
Some of these approaches include:
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Solution-focused Therapy (SFT)
Family Systems Theory
Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
Meet Rochelle Kaikai
Registered Social Worker
I am a Registered Social Worker with a passion for supporting the mental health of moms during pregnancy, postpartum and beyond. I am a mom to two boys, a wife, sister, daughter, and friend. Sometimes you could even call me a chef, plumber, maid, problem solver, finder of all things, entertainer, chauffer; the list goes on. As a mom, I wear many hats throughout the day and am always (mostly) ready to face any challenge that quite literally may be thrown at me. Toddlers, am I right? All joking aside, I take great pride in both my career and my role as wife and ‘mommy’. It is through my professional experience as a Social Worker and my personal experience as a mom that Rooted Thistle Counselling was born.
When I had my first child I put a lot of pressure on myself to do things perfectly. It took me a while to understand that motherhood is not perfect and things will inevitably come up that are uncontrollable. I had to learn how to show myself compassion and work through challenges as they come up in a healthy way. Motherhood is full of transitions. Whether you are a new mom still trying to find your groove or an experienced mom whose children are leaving home for the first time, change is inevitable. The key is knowing when your tank is empty and doing something about it so you have the energy to face challenges as they come. As moms we are often told to put everyone else’s needs ahead of our own, to keep going even when we are depleted, and to rarely ask for help. It is this type of thinking that prevents moms from being able to get the support they need when they need it. I believe all moms are worthy of support, recognition, community, and health. I see you, I see your struggle, and I want to be there with you while you work toward rediscovering yourself within motherhood.
Master of Social Work-Wilfrid Laurier University
Bachelor of Social Work- University of Waterloo
Honours Bachelor of Arts in Social Development Studies- University of Waterloo
Maternal Mental Health Certificate- PSI
Certificate in Studies of Child Abuse- University of Waterloo
Diploma in General Studies of Social Work- University of Waterloo
Addictions Certificate- Wilfrid Laurier University
Registered Social Worker in Good Standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers
I have worked in a variety of settings including community mental health agencies, schools, counselling services, and the criminal justice system as a Social Worker. I am experienced in supporting people living with moderate to severe mental health diagnoses or symptoms, addictions, and other disabilities that present challenges in daily functioning. My strong skills in the areas of individual counselling, goal setting, symptom management, crisis intervention, and assessment provide me with the tools needed to support moms, like you, in achieving their goals.
Individual Counselling Session
Phone Consultation: FREE
(Formats: Video, Phone)
Home-Based Session: Contact for rates & availability
Please Note: Home-Based sessions are only available for residents of Waterloo Region & Guelph.
Many extended health care plans provide coverage for individual counselling services rendered by a Registered Social Worker. You have the option of paying by Interac E-transfer, credit card, or cash. A receipt will be provided at the end of each session, which you can submit to your extended health care provider if applicable.