Maribela Arruda-Block, MEd., R.Psych., CPT, CCC

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Life stressors are inevitable. Healthy coping and mental health are critical to dealing with life's obstacles and unforeseen circumstances. Working with a mental health professional can assist you to deal with these stressors and move your life forward in a healthy and positive direction.
I believe in using an integrated model of therapy that is client directed and culturally appropriate. I use the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics to inform assessment and practice; and I base treatment on client's neurodevelopmental functioning and response. I believe individuals have the ability to reach their goals through a supportive, caring, collaborative, and responsive therapeutic relationship.

As a Certified Play Therapist, I believe play is a key mechanism in communication for children. Through play, children can explore and express their inner thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. Play Therapy provides a forum for resolution of a number of childhood developmental disorders and mental health struggles including trauma.
Education and Experience:
My education consists of a Bachelors of Arts in Justice & Law (1994); Applied Counselling Degree specializing in sexual abuse, domestic violence, and addictions (1998); and Masters degree in Educational Psychology (2003). I have Level II certification in Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics from the Child Trauma Academy with Dr. Bruce Perry (2012). As well, I have extensive training in cross cultural awareness/sensitivity.

Previously, I have worked for several community service agencies and a few government departments (i.e. Justice, Health, and Education). I am skilled in providing clinical treatment, clinical case management, monitoring progress, and evaluation. I have facilitated treatment programs in a variety of clinical settings. Over the last ten years I have been working with children, youth, and families from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds, within the education system and the mental health system.
 I am a Registered Psychologist (R.Psych), Certified Play Therapist (CPT), and Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC). I offer a variety of services including therapy and assessment that can assist you to achieve your goals.

Clients that I provide services for include: 
children (3 years old and up)
families (Attachment based - Theraplay)
E-counselling also available.
I provide assessment and therapy for:
Mental Illness
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Sexual Abuse
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Developmental Disorders
Learning Disabilities
Career Counselling
Attachment Disorders
Emotional Dysregulation
Behavioral Problems

My approach:
Integrative Model
Play Therapy (Directive/Non-directive, SandTray, Theraplay)
Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Trauma Focused - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Solution Focused Brief Therapy
​Narrative Therapy
Multicultural Counselling & Therapy
​Motivational Interviewing

Maribela Arruda-Block Reaches

Olds AB
Three Hills AB
Blackfalds AB