Hey viewers! Thought I could start this first blog off by introducing you to the face behind Carters Counselling!
My name is Katharine Carter. I am a registered social worker, registered mental health therapist and a certified Canadian Counsellor.
I grew up in Niagara Falls and Crystal Beach Ontario for the first 20 years of my life. As a child I went through the ups and downs of life. I lost my mother to cancer as a teenager and more recently my father. I attended post secondary school at Fanshawe College in London Ontario and completed a program called “Police Foundations”. It was there that I started volunteering at a women’s shelter for women who were experiencing domestic violence. It was also there that I decided to pursue a career in the human services /social work field. I then took a program called “Social Service Worker”. After taking this program I applied to various jobs around Canada and ended up taking a job in Saskatchewan so I packed up my car and drove three days to good old Saskatoon! It was here at Red Willow Centre where I found my place of belonging. It is here where I found a love for indigenous culture. It is here where I found that self-care and being balanced is so important in our lives. It is here where I found the true meaning of friendship and supporting each other and how we endure and survive difficult things in life. Looking at the whole picture of a person is important.
Returning to school in my late 20s I graduated with a social work degree in 2017. In the last few years, I have been very grateful that I have been able to work within mental health and addictions in the Saskatchewan Health Authority as well as in the children’s emergency department at the new Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital. It was here that I truly realized I wanted to do more and made the decision to open a private practice where I could support the individuals as a whole, guide them and support them to enable them to live the best versions of themselves.
I am a mother, I am a wife, I am a sister, and I am a survivor. I have learnt that as humans we need to learn perseverance and push through obstacles in life. I enjoy running, I enjoy crafts, I enjoy playing with my kids and typically I enjoy travelling, which is not happening much these days due to COVID-19. I am very excited and grateful to have the opportunity to give back to the community I have grown to love and cherish. Saskatoon/Martensville is my home and being a part of healing and growth to the men, women and children that live here is an honour that words cannot describe.
This will be the first of many blogs that I will post I hope you enjoyed reading this and have gotten to know me a little bit better I look forward to meeting with you soon.