Vanessa Driedger, M.C., Registered Psychologist (Provisional) #1147

“When we are no longer able to change a situation,

we are challenged to change ourselves.”

-Viktor E. Frankl

Vanessa is currently on leave from her practice. If you have any questions, please email us at [email protected]

 

My Approach

As a counselor, 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 help clients build a personal toolbox of helpful and practical coping skills. Using a collaborative approach, I support my clients in identifying personal values, 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 worked in the community mental health field in several settings, including disability treatment programs, residential treatment homes, and mental health crisis response services.

At this time, I provide counselling services to adolescents and adults who have experienced anxiety, depression, grief and loss, trauma, stress, and interpersonal difficulties.

My clinical work is supervised by Alexandra Froese, M.Ed., Registered Psychologist #927 and Megan Wood, M.Ed., Registered Psychologist #831.

 

Additional Training

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Beginners. Online course with Psychwire.

Motivational Interviewing. Online Course with Psychwire.

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)