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”.
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!
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
My expertise includes trauma-focused counselling with teens and adults (including seniors) and I have a vast knowledge of learning and behavioural disabilities. As an EMDRIA Consultant-in-Training, I also provide consultation to EMDR Therapists.
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 International Association (EMDRIA)
Areas of Struggle That I Support:
I provide counselling support to teenagers (13 +) and adults using various therapeutic modalities.
Abuse and neglect (sexual, physical, emotional, mental)
Attachment issues (including wounds from adoption, foster care, prenatal trauma, etc.)
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Communication issues, including boundary setting and assertiveness.
Complex trauma and dissociation
Emotional distress and/or dysregulation
Family of origin injuries
Grief and loss
Occupational injuries (physical and emotional)
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Relationship concerns and interpersonal difficulties
Trauma and Adverse Life Experiences (a.k.a. crappy stuff from the past that still bothers me now)
Unhealthy coping strategies (e.g., substance abuse, eating disorders, self-injury, addictions)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy
Ego State Therapy
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Successful counselling requires the goodness of fit between:
Client and therapist,
Presenting issues and therapeutic approach, and
Goals and budget (both financial and time).
Client and Therapist
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 done within 48 hours of the session occurring.
If finances are a concern, please request an “Application for Bursary.”
$225.00/hour per 50-minute session
Clients are required to have a credit card on file, but e-transfers, debit, and cheques are accepted if that is preferred. Cash is 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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