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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

I consider it a great honour to journey with my clients through their emotional healing and growth.  I know how difficult it is to share our most private thoughts and feelings and am humbled when clients invite me into such vulnerable and sacred spaces. I believe that each human has the capacity to heal, change and grow when provided with the right conditions and support, and that each one of us wants to be known, understood, and valued. As a therapist, I endeavor to create an environment for clients that meets these needs and feel incredibly blessed that I get to see healing happen every day!

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 2021, I became a Consultant-in-Training, working toward becoming an EMDR Approved Consultant.  

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

  • 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

PHILOSOPHY

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.

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)

We are pleased to provide counselling services for:

Adults

 

Teens

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)

  • Equine Facilitated Mental Health (EFMH)

  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

  • Natural Processing

  • Person-Centered Therapy

  • Solution-Focused 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*

*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

Tese individuals can train others in EMDR.  I am presently a Certified EMDR Therapist and “Consultant-in-Training” (working towards Approved Consultant status). 

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 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. 

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

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.

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

Trinity Nina Nathoo

It is my absolute honor and pleasure to serve in an effort that aids in the transformation of lives. I am humbled to be the person that people seek to gain clarity, guidance and support through their toughest and most vulnerable times. Through a warm, empathic and open heart, I strive to meet clients where they are at without holding a personal agenda for the nature and direction of their healing journey. No one person is broken and in need of fixing, but rather in pain and in need of healing. I endeavor to give clients the room to access their own wisdom creating a sense of personal empowerment rather than a culture of dependency. I fully respect that only clients know what it best for them and I am not afraid to honor that I don’t know it all. A collaborative, relaxed, non-judgmental atmosphere where the client is the expert on their experience and I am the expert on the counselling process, where the client and therapist work together in partnership, is at the forefront of my therapeutic approach. 

QUALIFICATIONS

I am a Registered Provisional Psychologist (AB) and I hold a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology. I am also a Certified Energetic Medicine Practitioner, with extensive training in attachment theory, meditation, and various approaches to trauma.

I have additional training and experience with equines, which includes groundwork and centered riding.

I am currently working towards triple certification with Pro-EFW Canada in the Mental Health (MHP), Learning Professional (LP) and Equine Professional (EP) streams. Prior to registering as Provisional Psychologist in 2014, I worked in the mental health field for seven years in a variety of positions within government funded and community agencies, ie. Wood’s Homes, Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter and Alberta Health Services. Lastly, I also own a private practice established in 2016, where I have the honor and privilege to offer comprehensive healing services pertaining to the mind, body and soul.

AREAS OF SPECIALTY

I have trained in many modalities and theoretical approaches, and been most significantly influenced by Transpersonal Psychology (Jungian Psychodynamic Therapy) and Attachment therapy (through Peter Levine and Gordon Neufield’s work). 

I work with individual adults experiencing a variety of presenting concerns, including anxiety, depression, trauma – Simple, Complex and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, grief and loss, family change (separation/divorce), stress, personal growth/change, chronic illness/pain and spiritual direction.

PHILOSOPHY

It is my mission is to help individuals move towards a path of wholeness and to find their authentic selves. I believe that horses have a unique capacity to hold a safe emotional space within which healing can occur for those who may have lost faith in themselves

and in others. Horses have an incredible power that stems from their constant connection to the earth and spirit, living in the present moment and in a state of genuineness and authencity. I believe human beings have this same ability to thrive and grow into a state of unconditional acceptance of “the self and other” should a nutrient rich environment be provided where unmet needs are fulfilled and relational pain is healed. As such, a specialty therapeutic approach I offer as part of my work with clients is Equine Facilitated Mental Health (EFMH). My vision is to offer therapeutic sessions to adult clients in partnership with the therapy herd of horses, creating a non-judgmental healing environment where individuals can feel safe to open their hearts, restore their faith, and ultimately break free and thrive.

EDUCATIONAL & PROFESSIONAL PROFILE


Master of Counselling Psychology
 University of Calgary


Bachelor of Science in Psychology
University of Calgary

​Member in good standing with:

 

  • College of Alberta Psychologists

  • Psychologist’s Association of Alberta

  • EMDR Canada

  • Pro-EFW Canada

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