Erika is particularly interested in helping individuals who:
Are experiencing symptoms of anxiety, depression or low self-worth
Want to manage stress more effectively
Identify as being “highly sensitive”
Erika Ristok sees clients in the Burlington and Milton clinics and offers virtual appointments. She is a registered social worker (RSW) who works with adults seeking to better cope with life’s challenges. She views therapy as an opportunity to uncover and explore self-limiting beliefs in a safe, supportive and collaborative environment. She enjoys helping her clients expand their “mental health toolkits” in support of their personal growth and well-being. To facilitate this, Erika helps clients develop greater self-knowledge and coping strategies, and encourages clients’ connection to their own values, resources, and strengths.
In addition to her knowledge and experience with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Erika uses Internal Family Systems (IFS), applied mindfulness strategies, including mindful self-compassion, and also draws on strengths- based practices including Solution-Focused Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.
Erika earned a Master of Social Work degree at Wilfrid Laurier University and an Honours Bachelor’s degree in Psychology – Neuroscience and Behaviour, at McMaster University. Her professional experience included clinical placements with Halton Healthcare’s Adult Outpatient Psychotherapy Service and the Halton Hills Family Health Team. Also a retired Naturopathic Doctor and former clinical supervisor at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, Erika is a member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) and the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW).
Hi, I’m Erika Ristok, and I’m a registered social worker.
Maybe you identify as being highly sensitive. Maybe you’re feeling anxious, or unworthy, or you’ve lost your sense of purpose. Perhaps you’re having difficulty managing stress, or coping with life changes.
Expanding your toolkit of skills and strategies, while developing self-understanding, self-compassion, and connection to your own values, strengths and wisdom, is often the result of the work I do with clients. So if you need some help moving forward, do reach out. I’d be pleased to work with you.”