Alana Hunt M.Ed, RP, CCC

Alana Hunt is a registered psychotherapist, Canadian certified counsellor and safeTALK and ASIST trainer. For years, she practiced as a lawyer at top tier law firms in Toronto and London (England). She gained a practical edge in a legal department at a financial institution in England. She followed this by working on the trading floor at a financial institution in the financial district of New York during 9/11 before moving back to Toronto to practice law. Then she decided to bring more of what she loved about the practice of law into her work days. In 2010, she began a series of changes with life-altering impact that continue today as she transitioned from practicing law to practicing psychotherapy, counselling and training. Alana currently practices here at Fallingbrook Wellness Clinic and at 80 Carlton Street at Church Street in downtown Toronto.
 

Alana earned a master of education in counselling psychology and a bachelor of arts degree at the University of Toronto as well as a bachelor of laws at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University. Since then, she completed post-graduate training in narrative therapy at The Hincks-Dellcrest Centre/Gail Appel Institute, suicide intervention and suicide alertness at LivingWorks Education, cybercounselling at the University of Toronto and Worldwide Therapy Online Inc., internal family systems therapy at Pesi, Inc. and EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) basic training approved by EMDR International Association.

For more information on Alana, her approach, online counselling with Alana and what you can expect from therapy, you can visit her website at www.alanahunt.ca.
 

SERVICES AVAILABLE
 

Alana works with men and women individually who are ready to be heard and validated, with caring, respect and compassion. They may be facing one or more internal and external stressors or challenges like:

  • depression

  • anxiety

  • emotional distress

  • self-esteem/self-worth

  • relationships

  • communication difficulties

  • perfectionism

  • academic and work-related concerns or transitions

  • loss

  • stress

  • trauma
     

Sometimes you don't know what's wrong ... you just know something is wrong. Behaviours and thoughts that were helpful may have become unhelpful and harmful. Maybe you are tired of feeling unlovable, disconnected, incompetent, alone, anxious or depressed. You may be living with a problem. But you are not the problem. Alana believes change is about building forward momentum, one step at a time, to tackle a challenge … much like climbing a mountain where you have gear and the unknown ahead of you. There is only so much planning you can do when facing the unknown. If you have help tackling that challenge in safety, like a guide or an anchor, even when you find yourself on shaky ground and are facing insecure footholds, deep crevasses and maybe difficulty breathing, you can find yourself on the other side of that challenge. That doesn’t mean it is easy to head into the valley with the memories of everything you learned on the upward journey. In fact, those memories may fade – your skills, knowledge, resources and capabilities may slip from your mind.
 

In therapy, Alana will help you tackle your challenges in a safe, collaborative, empathetic and respectful environment. This helps give you the space you need to work towards exploring and deepening those skills, knowledge, resources and capabilities - so you can learn how to get on the other side of your challenges.
 

When clients can’t make it into the office, we can speak by phone or video using a service like Skype that is geared towards mental health professionals and their clients. You may also decide to bring somebody with you to therapy and when you do, we often learn valuable and helpful information.