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A PLACE OF HOPE AND HEALING

People often say to us that they feel at peace as soon as they arrive. Whether walking along the pathways, listening to a horse's neigh, sitting under the shade of the trees, or viewing the mountains to the west, the peace and tranquility of Mission Acres and the surrounding landscape embrace you.

 

At Mission Acres, we encourage you to "come as you are”. Bring your hope, pain, aspirations, and uncertainty. Together we will grow in knowledge and emotional health.

 

“It doesn’t take as long to heal as it took to get hurt”.

 -Michele Pillar

SUSAN ROCHOW

Registered Psychologist

EMDR Approved Consultant

I believe that all presenting mental health conditions (e.g., depression, anxiety, personality disorders, eating disorders) are influenced by biological factors and life events. 

My work focuses primarily on the life events that have contributed to the current challenges.  As clients heal from their emotional wounds, symptom reduction naturally occurs.  

At the same time, sometimes clients need a sounding board, help with problem solving, or need to develop new skills and strategies.  Thus, therapy is customized based on clients' goals and preferences.

QUALIFICATIONS

I have worked in the field of psychology since 1998 and became a Registered Psychologist in 2004. In 2007, I began to specialize in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)

Therapy, which revolutionized my clinical practice as I began to see clients heal from their emotional wounds rather than simply learn how to cope with and manage their symptoms.   In 2013, I became a Certified EMDR Therapist, and in 2022, I became an EMDR Approved Consultant.  

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AREAS OF SPECIALTY

Abuse and neglect (sexual, physical, emotional, mental)

AD/HD

Attachment issues (including wounds from adoption, foster care, prenatal trauma, etc.)

Anxiety​

Autism Spectrum Disorder​Communication issues, including boundary setting and assertiveness

​Complex trauma and dissociation​Depression​​

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EDUCATIONAL & PROFESSIONAL PROFILE

Master of Science in Counselling Psychology, University of Calgary

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (With Distinction), University of Calgary​​

Bachelor of Christian Studies, North American Baptist College

Member in good standing with:

College of Alberta Psychologists (CAP)

Psychologists' Association of Alberta (PAA)

EMDR Canada

EMDR International Association (EMDRIA)

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We are pleased to provide counselling services for:

  • Adults

  • Teens

  • Children

We are pleased to be able to offer therapy in the setting that best suits your personality and needs, including:

  • Face-to-face sessions in an office setting, with more than adequate social distancing

  • Face-to-face sessions outdoors, with or without animals

  • Remote sessions by video or phone

THERAPEUTIC APPROACHES
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)

  • Solution-Focused Therapy

  • Equine Facilitated Mental Health (EFMH)

  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

  • Natural Processing

  • Person-Centered Therapy

  • Ego State Therapy

  • Emotion-Focused Therapy

 

Successful counselling requires the goodness of fit between:

  • Client and therapist

  • Presenting issues and therapeutic approach

  • Goals and budget (both financial and time)

We all click better with some people than with others.  Therapy is no different.  During your first session you will likely be able to determine whether or not your therapist is a good fit for you.  There are many variables that may impact this, and your therapist will not be offended if you decide you would like to try someone else, whether that’s after one session or twenty.  In fact, your therapist will support you in finding someone you might feel more comfortable with.

Billing and Bursary:

 

  • Invoicing and collection of payment are typically completed within 48 hours of the session occurring.

 

  • If finances are a concern, please request an “Application for Bursary” form.

Susan Rochow - $225/hour*

Colleen Harvey - $200/hour*

*Based on a 50-minute hour

Clients are required to have a credit card on file, but e-transfers are accepted if that is preferred.  Cash, debit, and personal cheques are not accepted at our locations.

How do I choose an EMDR therapist?


It is important to know that there are currently three levels of training/expertise for EMDR therapists.

 

Level 1 – Basic Training

Mental health professionals must first complete Basic Training, which allows them to work as EMDR therapists.  However, at present there are no additional requirements for those with Basic Training, meaning that the knowledge and expertise of these therapists are highly variable and largely dependent on how much additional professional development they complete.  The majority of EMDR therapists in Canada are at this level. 

 

Level 2 - Certified EMDR Therapist

This requires significantly more training and ongoing professional development. 
 

Level 3 - Approved Consultant

These individuals can train others in EMDR.  Susan Rochow is an Approved Consultant. 

Do I require a referral to become a client?


No, you do not require a referral to become a client, but if you have a benefit provider, we encourage you to review your benefit information to see if they cover Counselors, Registered Provisional and Registered Psychologists and if they have any stipulations for you receiving service.

How do I become a client?


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Though unsettling, adversity in this life is guaranteed. As faint as it may be, it is ‘hope’ that has brought you to this page. We seek support, in the hopes that things will change for the better. It is through faith placed in our support network, that we allow others to walk alongside us. Thank you for trusting me to walk with you through this season in your life.

QUALIFICATIONS

I hold a Master of Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University and a Bachelor of Psychology from the University of Saskatchewan. 

Since 2013, I have been working as a Mental Health Therapist in government settings, non-

profit organizations and now, private practice. I have had the joy of working with adolescents and adults, in the areas of expertise listed below. 

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AREAS OF SPECIALTY

  • Abuse (survivors of abuse and perpetrators of abuse)

  • Anger and Aggression

  • Anxiety

  • Christian Counselling

  •  Emotion Dysregulation

  • Grief and Loss

  •  Interpersonal

  •  Mood disorders

  •  Personality Disorders

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Trauma, Complex Trauma

  •  Self-Esteem

  • Self-harming Behaviour

  • Suicide Behaviour

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PHILOSOPHY

​Your brain is an incredible organ involving intricate and complex processes, often unnoticed by the conscious mind. A combination of your biochemistry and interactions in this world, leave imprints on your brain that impact your behaviour.

 Understanding the underlying processes in our brain allows us to explore more effective solutions. Using an integrative approach in therapy allows me to individualize our sessions based on my training, knowledge and your specific needs. My practice considers the biological, psychological, social and spiritual determinants of health.

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EDUCATIONAL & PROFESSIONAL PROFILE

​•    Master of Counselling Psychology, Yorkville University
•    Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of Saskatchewan
•    Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association

  • College of Alberta Psychologists

  •  EMDR Canada

  • EMDRIA

  • Psychologists’ Association of Alberta

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Colleen Harvey

Counsellor

I believe in a client-led, collaborative approach when working with clients to uncover their strengths, recognize themselves as capable, and achieve their counselling goals.

I am firmly grounded in a culturally responsive, socially just approach to counselling and believe that establishing a trusting therapeutic relationship with clients is the key to successful therapy.  

I believe that clients are the experts of their lives and I take the time to learn and understand each person’s unique story and experiences. I draw from a strengths-based approach to therapy, incorporating narrative, solutions-focused, and cognitive-behavioural techniques, based on each client’s unique needs.

I am deeply humbled to walk alongside my clients in their healing journey and am in awe of their strength to seek support and to take action towards positive change. 

QUALIFICATIONS

I have an undergraduate degree in Psychology and completed my Master of Counselling in 2022. I am currently in the process of registering as a Provisional Psychologist in the province of Alberta and expect to receive this designation in October 2022. 

Prior to focusing on my career as a therapist, I worked as a psychological assistant and cognitive/behavioural intervention specialist. However, my desire to advocate for children, youth, parents, and families began over ten years ago in my role as education assistant, supporting students with special needs. I have an extensive music background and often have connected with younger clients through play and music therapy techniques. 

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AREAS OF SPECIALTY

Anxiety  (Academic & Social)
Behavioural Challenges 
Developmental disorders 
AD/HD 
Autism Spectrum Disorder 
Down syndrome 

Intellectual Disabilities

Gender Identity/Sexual Orientation 
Parenting 
Peer Relationships 
Self Esteem 
Self-harm 
Suicidal ideation 

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EDUCATIONAL & PROFESSIONAL PROFILE

Master of Counselling, Athabasca University 
 

Alberta Graduate Excellence Scholarship (AGES) recipient, 2022 
 

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (With Great Distinction), Athabasca University 

 

Member in good standing with:

Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)

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