ABOUT ME +
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
emotional, physical, and sexual abuse
accident or injury
pregnancy, miscarriage and birth challenges
loss and grief
any experience that affected your sense of self-worth
INTERPERSONAL + FAMILY CHALLENGES
abuse or neglect within families
family conflict and challenges
parenting and caregiving challenges
relationship violence, gaslighting, and abuse
MENTAL HEALTH + ADDICTIONS CHALLENGES
depression and low mood
borderline personality traits
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.
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.