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

To provide the highest level of care for her current clients, at this time Vanessa is not accepting new clients.

 

My Approach

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.

Additional Training

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.