I am a registered psychologist with the
College of Alberta Psychologists as well as members of the
Psychologists' Association of Alberta and the Canadian Register of
Health Service Providers in Psychology. I completed my M.A. in
Counselling Psychology through City University of Seattle. I am committed to staying up-to-date on best practices for client
I have a passion for dance, movement and creative expression. My first career provided the opportunity to feel
empowered through the joy of improvisational movement and expressive art in workshops given to
children, adolescents and adults across Alberta. I translate this passion into my counselling practice by recognizing the innate
wisdom of our minds and bodies, and in knowing that each individual has the
ability to find a way back to health and wholeness. I believe that it is often through the experience of joy that we rebuild hopefulness and smooth the way for change to happen.
Sometimes clients jokingly say, ‘I have
issues’. Well, we all have ‘issues’. Having issues is part of living life. However, sometimes these issues can become hard to deal with and my role as a counselling psychologist is
to help you gain the skills necessary to heal and move on. To this end, I believe the therapeutic process is a
partnership in which the therapist not only supports the client in identifying their own
strengths, but provides insight and specialized skills to deal with even the most challenging of problems.
At times, pain and suffering are inevitable. Therapy provides a safe place to work this out. I think expressing both "negative" and
"positive" emotions are important to well-being. I believe that a good session may include
both tears and laughter.
I consider a session a success when a
client leaves with increased clarity about the issues that they are dealing with, feels hopeful about addressing the challenges holding them back, and feels
confident practicing new skills that they have added to their personal skill set.
I understand the challenge of changing uncomfortable thoughts,
feelings and behaviours. I have a warm, empathic approach, and a good sense of humour. I am both pragmatic and creative, and work with each individual and couple to find the best way to work through their particular issues.
I offer body-centred therapy such as SRT (Self-Regulation Therapy), EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and
Reprocessing), talk therapy, EFT (Emotion Focused Therapy), and movement/expressive art therapy. My extensive background in creative modalities provides alternate approaches for individuals or couples who have not found more traditional counselling approaches to be helpful.
- Trauma, such as abuse or assault, accidents & injury.
- Anxiety, fears and worry
- Body-Image issues
- Chronic Pain & Health Issues
- Addictive Behaviours
- Self-Esteem issues
- Managing stress & burnout
- Sexuality, GLBTIQQ
- Grief & Loss
- Communication & Assertiveness
- Relationship Issues
- Couples' counselling
Note: I am a registered Medavie Alberta Blue Cross provider for Veteran's Affairs, the RCMP and the Canadian Forces. I am a registered provider with British Columbia's Crime Victims Assistance Program (BC CVAP).
Laura Kennedy ReachesOliver, Edmonton ABSherwood Park ABSpruce Grove ABSt Albert ABStony Plain AB