Feel free to check out some resources, helpful information, and definitions I have gathered. If you need immediate assistance or to be connected to emergency resources please call 911, or scroll to the bottom of this page to view other services that may be available to you
Some Therapeutic Approaches and Modalities I May Use
What is Psychotherapy?
According to CAMH, "psychotherapy is a general term used to describe a form of treatment that is based on "talking work" done with a therapist. The aim is to relieve distress by discussing and expressing feelings; to help change attitudes, behaviour and habits that may be unhelpful; and to promote more constructive and adaptive ways of coping."
Interpersonal Violence and Abuse
"Violence is when there is an unlawful exercise of physical force that may result in criminal charges or physical and/or sexual abuse.
Abuse is when someone in a caring relationship does or says things to gain control over another person by hurting that person or causing feelings such as fear, anxiety, nervousness, guilt, helplessness or worthlessness.
Interpersonal violence and abuse refers to violence and abuse that occurs between people who know each other. It can occur within or outside a family setting.
Women, men and children can all be victims of interpersonal violence and abuse. Older family members can be abused by their adult children and other caretakers. Interpersonal violence and abuse may take many different forms and include physical abuse, mental and emotional abuse, sexual abuse, intimidation, financial abuse and threat.
Abusive behaviour is rooted in the desire for someone to gain control over another to the advantage of the individual who is gaining control. An abuser may not need to hit or physically harm an individual to gain control over them. Emotional and verbal abuse can have the same impact as physical violence." - saskatchewan.ca
Interpersonal violence includes intimate partner violence, family violence, and domestic violence - and impacts victims deeply. I have been expanding my practice to incorporate more specialized training and networking with local organizations and agencies to better support victims of abuse.
Through my own life story I have experienced the barriers accessing support, trying to process the mixed and confusing feelings, and everything in between. I am passionate about walking alongside others through their own journey of healing and finding their way back to themselves. If you are wanting to learn more about violence and abuse, the resources available, and safety planning please feel free to book a session with me or access these sites that are dedicated to supporting individuals and families:
Canada-wide - Domesticshelters.org
Alberta - Domestic Abuse Resource Hub
Edmonton - The Today Centre
True mental health emergencies cannot be addressed at private clinics and should be treated by emergency services like mobile response teams or hospitals. Since I book sessions with clients in advance I am often not able to accommodate same day sessions – but sometimes it is possible, or I can offer you a session as soon as possible. Alternatively, I can provide you with information for walk-in counselling clinics in case of emergency
If threat of danger is immediate, call 911
Edmonton and Area
Access 24/7: Call 780.424.2424 or walk-in to the Edmonton Community Health Hub North at 13211 Fort Rd NW, Edmonton, Alberta
CMHA 24-Hour Distress Line: 780.482.4357
Edmonton Sexual Assault Centre 24-Hour Crisis Line: 780.423.4121
Seniors Abuse Helpline: 780.454.8888
Contact 211 to access an entire network of community, social, health, and government services. Your call, text, or chat will be answered by a professional 211 Community Resource Specialist who is trained to assess your need and refer you to the most appropriate service or services
24-Hour Mental Health Line: 1.877.303.2642
Family Violence Information Line: 310.1818
For Indigenous People
Hope For Wellness 24/7 Help Line: 1.855.242.3310
For Youth and Young Adults
Kids Help Phone: 1.800.668.6868 or text CONNECT to 686868
Trans Helpline: 1.877.330.6366
Talk Suicide Canada: 1.833.456.4566
Canada Mental Health Association