I am the Founder, Clinical Director, and a Registered Psychologist with Little Oaks. It is my hope that this blog and the news posted to this page can offer information about who we are as a team, as well as a resource and support for our clients. Today, I will be uncovering some of the values that make up Little Oaks Psychology.
At Little Oaks, we enjoy quotes and phrases that we feel define our values and help us orient our practice to align with those values. The first of which, is:
"Mighty oaks from little acorns grow"
This quote, as you can likely tell, speaks to many things - it suggests the inherent growth pattern of child to adult; it emphasizes the role of small actions to establish significant change; and it reflects the importance of the journey in learning and coping. Little Oaks Psychology was founded in this phrase because we feel strongly that growth and change are part of life, and we hope to help our clients find their best path to enable them to succeed to their potential. We believe there is a mighty oak waiting to emerge in each of you, and our goal is to offer seeds and nourishment to help it grow. When you come to our office you are already at least a little oak, if not a mighty one in some ways, but perhaps there are other ways in which you wish to be mighty but feel little yet. There are many paths to achieving growth and change. At the end of our time together, it is important to us that each client feels that their growth potential can be met, if it has not been so already.
As you may have guessed by now, the second phrase is our slogan and tag line:
Little Oaks, Mighty Minds
This phrase stems directly from the quote above, and serves to emphasize the relationship between strong and stable trees with the human mind. Our brain and mind are ever growing and changing, but we often forget that this is perhaps the intent or goal of human nature, and we instead tend to get caught up in knowing exactly what, where, who, and how we are supposed to be in any given moment. As a society it seems often that coping has been forgone and forgotten with a tendency toward avoidance as the preferred mode of managing difficult situations. We feel strongly at Little Oaks that the ability to cope and overcome challenges (aka. resilience) is the ultimate goal in development. We aim to offer the tools needed to build these abilities, whether the tools are primarily information-based, strategies that can be implemented, or plans that can be set upon to develop over time.
I hope you have found this helpful and that it has helped you feel a little more connected with Little Oaks' philosophy.
Larissa Predy, M.A., R.Psych.