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Empowering children and families
with food allergy anxiety

Food allergies can affect every facet of one’s life - school, playdates, extra curricular activities, holiday and birthday parties, vacations, dining out and even romantic relationships. Carroll Counselling is committed to helping individuals and families devise strategies to better cope with allergy-related stresses. Carroll Counselling works with clients to explore their feelings, thoughts and behaviours so that they may live better, safer and happier lives.

 
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SERVICES

I offer individual and family counselling to those affected by food allergy anxiety. As a social worker with clinical experience in counselling, I create a space in which children, youth and adults can focus on their food allergy issues.

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Counselling sessions may explore a variety of issues, including: 

  • Advocating for yourself or your child

  • Feelings of exclusion/missing out

  • Challenges related to eating outside the home

  • Dating and relationships

  • Anxiety, fear, isolation related to allergies (for parent or child)

  • Communicating with children, family and caregivers

  • Dealing with non-compliance or lack of understanding

  • Parental guilt

  • Cross-cultural understandings of allergies

 
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appointments

Sessions: Appointments are available in the evenings and weekends. Each session is 50 minutes in length.

Fees:  $120* per session. A sliding fee scale is available for a limited number of spots. Payment can be made via cash, cheque or e-Transfer. Cancelled appointments require 24 hour notice.

Location: Sessions are held in the Annex, Toronto, walking distance to Christie station.

*Please note: Social work services are not covered by OHIP. However, social work services provided by private practitioners may be covered under private health plans or employee group benefits plans.

 
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about

 

My name is Samara Carroll and I've been living with anaphylactic food allergies since I was two years old. I know what it's like to navigate the daily stress of allergies, and understand the importance of finding a balance between remaining vigilant and enjoying life. 

I have a Master of Social Work from the University of Toronto, as well as an MA from York University. I am a registered social worker in good standing with the OCSWSSW and a member of the OACW. I have worked with children and families in clinical and community settings for more than 10 years.

I'm allergic to peanuts and shellfish. I love family, food and travel.

Carroll Counselling in the media:

Today's Parent
Eat Allergy Safe
Food Allergy Buzz
Allergy Bites
Food Allergy Canada