Individual, Couple and Family Therapist
Lee Horton-Carter is a psychotherapist who has been in private practice for 23 years helping people to heal around issues related to childhood physical abuse and sexual trauma, low self-esteem, anxiety, depression and PTSD.
Because past traumatic issues of any type can create difficult dynamics in marital, work and parenting relationships in the present, she provides tools to help people process unresolved emotions and acquire the skills needed to deal with their present lives in more effective ways. After the 9/11 tragedy, Lee travelled to New York with the Waterloo Regional Police Department to help the NYPD debrief their experiences. This sparked an interest for her in working with First Responders. Lee has been providing Critical Incident debriefings and therapy to the First Responder populations since then and has developed some expertise in working with their issues.
In 2000 Lee added EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) to her range of knowledge and experience. EMDR is a therapeutic technique that has been scientifically proven to be effective in treating trauma. This approach offers a gentle, yet effective, way to release old feelings and thoughts which may be preventing people from experiencing the full range of feelings and choices in the present. This therapeutic technique is particularly helpful in dealing with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Anxiety Disorders and Depression.
Organizations that have hired Lee to provide either debriefings or presentations on mental health and the relationship issues that can occur within First Responder populations include: Waterloo Regional Police Department, Kitchener Fire Department, Family and Children’s Services, Grand Valley Institute for Women, Tema Conter Memorial Trust, & the Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists.