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ABOUT ME +
MY APPROACH

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I'm Carly, a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with BCACC. I have been working in the field of trauma since 2012, initially without realizing. Working for organizations and programs addressing mental health, homelessness, the justice system, education gaps, addictions, and physical health, I began to notice a common thread: that trauma and negative life experiences have lasting effects on mental health, addictions, relationships, family, parenting, housing, education, work, self-esteem, and overall wellness.


As a counsellor, I work from an attachment lens, which means that I consider how early experiences of care, neglect, and love influence our current lives, wellness, and relationships. I also use an embodied approach, which means I often explore body sensations and experiences along with memories, deeply held beliefs, emotions, and thoughts. 


I strive to be mindful of where you're at, what you are comfortable with and needing, and collaborate with you through the process. I balance warmth and care with honesty and genuineness and truly enjoy my work as a counsellor and psychotherapist. I will keep us both accountable to the goals we have set and progress towards the life you want.

 

AREAS OF WORK

I have experience and interest in working with a number of challenges and diagnoses, including mental health, addictions, chronic medical conditions, and trauma, and my approach often involves exploring how your past experiences influence your current functioning and wellness. I have experience and training working with individuals who are experiencing challenges related to:

TRAUMA + NEGATIVE LIFE EXPERIENCES

Including:

  • emotional, physical, and sexual abuse

  • sexualized violence

  • family conflict

  • accident or injury

  • bullying

  • pregnancy, miscarriage and birth challenges

  • loss and grief

  • any experience that affected your sense of self-worth

INTERPERSONAL + FAMILY CHALLENGES

Including:

  • abuse or neglect within families

  • family conflict and challenges

  • parenting and caregiving challenges

  • relationship violence, gaslighting, and abuse

  • intergenerational trauma

MENTAL HEALTH + ADDICTIONS CHALLENGES

Including:

  • anxiety

  • depression and low mood

  • borderline personality traits

  • dissociation

  • phobias and other fears

  • substance use & addiction

If you don't see your challenge listed here, please note that these are only some of the forms that trauma, mental health, addictions, interpersonal, and life challenges can take. If your situation, feelings, symptoms, experience, or history is challenging for you, then it is legitimate and you deserve support.

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EDUCATION + TRAINING

I have experience and training in a number of evidence-based therapy modalities, including:

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

  • Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT)

  • Emotion Focused Family Therapy (EFFT)

  • Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP)

  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)

  • Motivational Interviewing (MI)

  • Interpersonal Social Rhythms Therapy (IPSRT)

  • Mindfulness-Based approaches and practices


I have my Master's in Family Relations and Human Development - an interdisciplinary degree in psychotherapy, research, and social services - from the University of Guelph, Ontario. I also have  a Bachelor's in Psychology from the University of Toronto, where I also studied Buddhism Psychology and Mental Health, and Sexual Diversity Studies.

I would be pleased to connect for a complimentary consultation to see if we would be a good fit.

 

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