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To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.
– Henri Bergson
Who I serve: Providing individual counselling services to adolescents and adults.
Providing counselling for a wide range of issues:
- Chronic Pain
- Relationship Difficulties
- Emotional Challenges
- Family of Origin Challenges
- Trauma & PTSD
- Life Transition Adjustment
- Wellness & Coping Skills
I utilize integrated therapeutic mind/body principles that can help ease stress, anxiety and pain, restore your sense of presence, and your ability for connection and integrated emotional stability. The intervention process encourages the development of relaxed alertness, increased awareness and physical, mental and emotional healing by addressing accumulated stress on the nervous system.
The Specialized Therapeutic Services I provide include:
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR Therapy)
- Somatic Experiencing (SEP)
- DARe /SATe – Dynamic Attachment Re-patterning Experience / SATe – Somatic Attachment Training Experience
- Developmental Needs Meeting Strategy: An Ego State Therapy for Healing Adults with Childhood Trauma and Attachment Wounds.
Please contact me for a free 15 minute phone consult to see if my integrated therapeutic approach might assist you to make the changes you want to see in your life.
I strive to assist with immediate support as well as long-lasting benefit so my clients can achieve their full potential. I am committed to providing compassionate treatment and consultation services that are consistent with accepted best practices of the profession.
Every person has the ability to grow, heal and change.
I have been a provisional then Registered Psychologist working in Grande Prairie and Northern Alberta for over 26 years. I have a Masters of Educational Psychology – Counselling Specialization from the University of Alberta.
Since 1993 I have utilized a wide range of theoretical perspectives and approaches with clients in a wide range of ages, stages and life span challenges.
My approach integrates principles from the theories of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Solution-Focused Therapy, and Narrative Therapy.
I have completed Advanced Level training in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR Therapy) founded by Dr. Francine Shapiro (PhD). Advanced Level trainings: Uri Bergman, Esly Carvalho, Carol Forgash, Ana Gomez, Mark Grant, Jim Knipe, Deborah Korn, Deany Laliotis, Katie O’Shea, Sandra Paulsen, A.J. Popky, Arielle Schwartz & Robin Shapiro
SE Practitioner. I have completed the SEP Certificate in Somatic Experiencing founded by Dr. Peter Levine (PhD). I have also completed Kathy Kain’s Touch Skills Training for Trauma Therapists as well as Kathy Kain and Stephen Terrell’s Somatic Resilience and Regulation: Early Trauma.
DARe/SATe Certificate – Dynamic Attachment Re-patterning Experience / SATe – Somatic Attachment Training Experience by Dr. Diane Poole Heller (PhD).
Developmental Needs Meeting Strategy: An Ego State Therapy for Healing Adults with Childhood Trauma and Attachment Wounds by Shirley Jean Schmidt.
Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy (PACT) by Dr. Stan Tatkin.
- College of Alberta Psychologists (CAP)
- Psychologists’ Association of Alberta (PAA)
- Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute (SETI)
- United States Association for Body Psychotherapy (USABP)
Your mind, emotions and body are instruments and the way you align and tune them determines how well you play life.
– Yogi Bhajan
The structure and frequency of the counselling sessions will be decided with each individual client in the development of the treatment plan.
For information regarding fees please contact me. The fee schedule is set in consultation with the fee schedule recommended by the Psychologists’ Association of Alberta.
Cash and cheques are currently accepted. Fees are to be paid in full at the time of the appointment.
Many insurance companies and extended health benefit plans cover the cost of counselling services with a Registered Psychologist. Please contact your insurance carrier directly to inquire about your eligibility.
I do not offer direct billing to insurance companies or benefit plans but I do provide a receipt to be submitted for reimbursement of fees.
Please note that all sessions are provided by appointment only.
Please call to book an appointment
What is DNMS?
The Developmental Needs Meeting Strategy (DNMS) is a multidimensional, comprehensive, strengths-based, client-centered, ego-state therapy that treats complex trauma wounds, such as those inflicted by repeated physical, emotional, or sexual abuse; and attachment wounds such as those inflicted by chronic neglect, rejection, enmeshment, or misattunement (DNMS Institute 2016).
What is EMDR?
“Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR Therapy) is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches. To date, EMDR therapy has helped millions of people of all ages relieve many types of psychological stress.” (EMDRIA, 2013)
What is Somatic Experiencing (SE) and how will it benefit me?
“Somatic Experiencing® is a body-awareness approach to trauma being taught throughout the world. It is the result of over forty years of observation, research, and hands-on development by Dr. Levine. Based upon the realization that human beings have an innate ability to overcome the effects of trauma, Somatic Experiencing has touched the lives of many thousands. SE® restores self-regulation, and returns a sense of aliveness, relaxation and wholeness to traumatized individuals who have had these precious gifts taken away. Peter has applied his work to combat veterans, rape survivors, Holocaust survivors, auto accident and post-surgical trauma, chronic pain sufferers, and even to infants after suffering traumatic births.” (Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute, 2013)
What is SATe?
Adult relationships offer the most powerful opportunity to resolve old insecure patterns based on adaptations that occur originally related to lack of safety, trust, consistency or protection to name just a few possible bonding deficits.” ”You can overcome the grip of past trauma to have more fun, connection and healthy intimacy in your relationships now.” (Somatic Attachment Training & Experience, 2013)
Counselling & Psychology Links:
Help Line: www.mymentalhealth.ca
Help Guide: www.helpguide.org
College of Alberta Psychologists (CAP): www.cap.ab.ca
Psychologists’ Association of Alberta (PAA): www.psychologistsassociation.ab.ca
Knowing others is intelligence.
Knowing yourself is true wisdom.
Mastering others is strength.
Mastering yourself is true power.
– Lao Tzu
- Monday-Tuesday: 9am – 5pm
- Wednesday-Thursday: 10am – 7pm
- Friday: 9am – 5pm
Please note that all sessions are provided by scheduled appointment only.
Please contact the number below for your free 15 minute telephone consult and to book an appointment. Please send any other inquiries to my email and I will respond within 2 business days.
#419, 9728 – 101 Avenue
Grande Prairie, AB