My name is Kate Pugh and I have been working as a Social Worker for 19 years.  I hold a Masters of Social Work and am registered with the College of Social Workers and Social Services Workers.  I am able to provide counselling to individuals (over 16 years of age) and couples.  I have worked with clients of all ages, from a variety of cultural backgrounds and faiths.  I have a particular interest in working with individuals who have experienced trauma or abuse.

I am proud to be a part of the health team at Headwaters Wellness where different professionals can work together to aid individuals in their physical, spiritual and emotional well-being.

My Therapeutic Approach

Social work is a profession which focuses on helping individuals, families and communities enhance individual and collective well-being.  The profession aims to help people develop skills and abilities to use their own resources and those of the community to resolve the problem at hand.

I draw from a number a different approaches, mainly Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Attachment theory, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness and Trauma Informed.   The counselling experience can be a chance to step away from the rush and struggles of life and provide an opportunity for healing and self discovery by developing new understanding about a situation and/or creating a plan to overcome obstacles.  This process can allow one to achieve increased peace and contentment as well as create clarity and vision in one’s life.