In light of recent measures the Government of Alberta put in place to reduce COVID-19 transmission, Brave Space Counselling will be adhering to the Proof of Vaccination (age 12 and over) program for all in-person sessions starting September 20, 2021. Clients will be asked to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test prior to in-person sessions.
Online sessions will be provided to clients who do not meet the in-person session criteria.
Your safety and health are my priority.
If you are facing the challenge of raising children in two homes, you may be feeling overwhelmed, frustrated, angry or unsure how to develop a healthy coparenting relationship. I can help.
I help coparents manage intense emotions, learn to communicate effectively, and lower stress levels by creating a new story that focuses on raising children with their best interests in mind and consciously working together to meet this goal.
As a coparent myself, I am passionate about helping uncoupled parents navigate their co-parenting relationship. I believe in helping clients focus on what matters most to kids so that clients can make child-centered decisions. I provide a safe, neutral, brave space that allows clients to create a peaceful and positive environment for raising children cooperatively.
A brave space is a place of courage where clients engage in conversation, activities, and deep reflection in order to nurture and navigate the important relationships in their lives including the one with themselves.
Learn more about me, my educational background, professional memberships, certifications and training.
I offer various services to meet the mental health and wellness needs of clients.
I provide a compassionate, empathetic, empowering client-centered approach to help clients flourish in their lives and relationships .
Find out how to schedule an appointment and fees that are charged.
This section includes contact information and office location.
I am a compassionate, empathetic, strength-orientated individual dedicated to helping others overcome personal obstacles. I believe in taking a holistic approach within sessions and acknowledging the power of the mind-body-soul connection. I am passionate about providing a brave space for people to have the courage to lean into how they think, feel, and what they believe with eyes and heart open.
Emotions can be heavy or negative, and often we want to avoid them, change them or numb them. In our human journey, we do a great service to ourselves when we honor all emotions. Within the therapeutic relationship with me, you will be given the space to explore those emotions and empowered to decide how to respond. The space and time we share is a safe harbor where you can drop your anchor to share and express.
I am a Registered Social Worker #14770 with the Alberta College of Social Workers, a Canadian Certified Counsellor #10002254 with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association and a registered member of the Association of Counselling Therapy of Alberta #1399. I have a Bachelor of Social Work and a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Calgary. I also possess a Master of Education degree from the University of Lethbridge and a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University. I have the Gottman Method Couples Therapy Level 2 Training Certificate of Completion.
Individual counselling allows clients the space to feel empowered and in control of the counselling process. Individual counselling will help clients work through various aspects of their lives and acquire the awareness to make positive changes. I am committed to working with all ages of clients, including children and youth.
The objective of co-parenting counselling is to strengthen your children’s sense of stability and safety by employing strategies that maintain an integrated sense of family for your children. This means working together as a team to love, protect and raise your children, ultimately, giving you and your children a chance to flourish.
There are no perfect co-parents instead we strive for “best possible.” Best possible co-parenting focuses on each partner’s strengths, acknowledging those strengths, and protecting them.
Couples will learn tools to deepen their friendship and intimacy, manage conflict effectively and appreciate what they have in each other. The couples strengths are highlighted, and ways to gently and lovingly navigate through vulnerabilities are explored. Couples counselling helps the couple gain insight into the relationship, resolve conflict, learn how to communicate, ultimately improving relationship satisfaction.
Online services can provide needed support in a convenient way. All services can be provided in an online format that is safe, secure and confidential.
Most people who are interested in coaching do not require emotional healing. They are interested in setting and meeting goals in their personal or professional life. They may be looking to explore undiscovered potential, find ways to make changes in their lives or figure out how to make a dream come true. Coaching is about empowering clients to help build, meet and exceed their goals through gaining clarity, designing a realistic plan, setting goals, and being held accountable.
Coaching can help you:
My counselling approach is client-centered and strengths-based rooted in positive psychology. I use a variety of techniques and methods to ensure the client feels empowered and in control of the counselling process. I tailor each session to take into account the unique strengths, challenges, and concerns of the individual, couple, or family. I place great value on acceptance and non-judgment, which is expressed in all my interactions with clients. I am committed to providing a safe, compassionate and welcoming therapeutic space for clients. I offer an empathetic, empowering style to help clients flourish in their relationships and lives. I deeply respect the client's strengths and believe it to be the cornerstone of the work I do.
The first session is 60 minutes in length. This is to allow time to go over important consent and intake forms. Couples sessions are 90 minutes in length.
Fees and Sliding Scale:
I understand that sometimes finances can be an obstacle to seeking counselling. As such, I offer a sliding scale option. Please contact me directly to inquire about fee options.
Fees are payable, at the end of each session, by debit, cash, on-line INTERAC® E-Transfer, Visa or Mastercard.
Many companies, unions and organizations have employee assistance programs or health spending accounts which provide coverage for counselling sessions. These plans may cover counselling provided by a registered social worker. Ask your employer or health insurance provider about health coverage eligibility. Your receipt, presented at each session in exchange for payment, may be submitted to your insurance provider to request reimbursement, according to the terms of your coverage.
Where is Brave Space Counselling located?
The address is Suite 111, 2632 24th Street SW in Calgary, Alberta. There is parking at the back of building or street parking on the side streets. Permits are required for front of the building parking.
What type of payment is accepted?
Payment is due at the end of our session. I accept debit, cash, e-transfer or credit card. Your receipt, provided at each session in exchange for payment, may be submitted to your insurance provider to request reimbursement, according to the terms of your coverage. It is the responsibility of the client to ask their employer or health insurance provider about health coverage eligibility.
How do I make an appointment?
You can make an appointment using an online booking system called Jane. To book a session, please visit this link to view my availability and session options https://bravespacecounselling.janeapp.com.
Do you offer online sessions?
Yes, I offer online sessions. Online sessions can be booked using my online booking system https://bravespacecounselling.janeapp.com.
How long are the sessions and how often should I book a session?
Session are 60 minutes in length and typically occur once per week. Depending on the nature and severity of the issue, sessions may be more or less frequent. Weekly sessions help to develop a strong therapeutic relationship and create momentum toward reaching your goal(s). Sessions may become less frequent as you progress toward reaching your goal(s).
How long will therapy last?
Depending on your specific needs and goals, therapy can be short-term for a specific issue or longer-term to address reoccurring life patterns or your desire for in-depth personal growth and development.
Is therapy private?
All the information shared is confidential and no information will be released without written authorization. Limits to confidentiality include:
· When there is risk of imminent danger to the client or to another person;
· When there is reasonable suspicion that a child or elder or any vulnerable person is being sexually, physically or emotionally/psychologically abused or neglected or is at risk of such abuse;
· When disclosure is ordered by a court.
Do I need to fill out paperwork before we meet?
You will be asked to fill out an intake and informed consent form. There are also consent questions that you will be asked to complete on the online booking system.
What will the first appointment be like?
The first session is a time to start to share your story, talk about your goals and what you would like to change in your life. Another important part of the first appointment is to determine if we are a good fit. The aim is to ensure you feel comfortable and safe talking openly. Establishing a relationship is paramount for working together.