“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.”
-Viktor E. Frankl
To provide the highest level of care for her current clients, at this time Vanessa is not accepting new clients.
As a counsellor, I strive to listen closely and compassionately. My focus is on helping youth and adults untangle life’s complexities within a safe therapeutic environment. I support clients in discovering and exploring core beliefs that influence their lives with the help of empirically supported cognitive-behavioural interventions. My practice is informed by person-centered therapy and mindfulness-based approaches. I also integrate emotional regulation strategies into therapy to build a personal toolbox of helpful and practical coping strategies. Using a collaborative approach, I help my clients identify valuable strengths and resources they can use to pursue their goals.
Educational and Professional Background
My education includes a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in Psychology and a Masters of Counselling (Applied Psychology). I have 7 years of experience working in the community mental health field in a variety of settings, including disability treatment programs, residential treatment homes, criminal justice programs, and mental health crisis response services.
I am passionate about working with people who experience symptoms of anxiety and depression, and who struggle with the effects of grief and loss. I also have experience working with youth and adults with a variety of emotional and behavioural concerns.
My clinical work is supervised by Alexandra Froese, M.Ed., Registered Psychologist #927 and Megan Wood, M.Ed., Registered Psychologist #831.
Foundations: 5 Day Narrative Therapy Practice Training Certificate – Vancouver School for Narrative Therapy
CBT for Depression. Online course with the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Essentials of the CBT: Beck Approach. Online course with the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Childhood Trauma Training
Trauma Competency Training: Traumatic Stress, Grief and Loss
Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Training
ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training)
Standard First Aid and CPR (AED)
Vanessa is one of our counsellors connected with the Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) program and the Victim Services program. If you can receive counselling services under one of these programs, please feel free to book a session with her. If you have any questions about the programs, you can call NIHB Saskatchewan at Toll free: 1-866-885-3933 or call us at (306) 290-8720.