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.
Services & Appointments
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.
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
Sessions: Appointments are available in the evenings and weekends. Each session is 50 minutes in length.
Fees: $90* per session. A sliding fee scale is available for a limited number of spots. Payment can be made via cash or cheque. 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.
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 was recently interviewed by Food Allergy Buzz.
I'm allergic to peanuts and shellfish. I love family, food and travel.