My qualifications and approach to counselling and psychotherapy
Life can be challenging and confusing. Relationships can be difficult. Events can occur that hurt and cause pain.
My passion is to help when these things happen. I work respectfully and collaboratively and have compassion, empathy and understanding with couples, individuals and families. My own life experience greatly contributes to my ability to understand the difficulties clients are facing and to help on a journey of hope, change and personal growth.
I am a registered psychologist, counselling professionally since 1999.
When relationships are hard, I help clients to value their emotional needs. I help couples to understand and change patterns that keep them stuck. I provide effective tools to communicate and manage conflict in ways that lead to a greater sense of connection and emotional safety. Couples begin to feel supported and each person feels that their needs and wants are being met. I help couples to learn how to have fun and restore romance in their relationships and to create dreams and goals together.
Dealing with personal struggles such as stress, anxiety, depression, anger and recovering from past abuse can be very difficult. I offer supportive help and tools and hope to clients dealing with any of these concerns.
The spiritual, emotional, mental and behavioural aspects of clients’ experiences are important. I help people to see how these are inter-connected and help them to be able to make changes in each aspect. Clients find new meaning to their lives, new perspectives regarding their problems, gain hope and find resolutions.
I encourage clients to reflect on the meaning of their life’s stories and to see these stories differently to build positive change for the present and future. There are times when it is important to look at past and childhood experiences in order to understand the past, the present and to make changes for the future. Clients learn to recognize what is working in their lives and to build on their strengths.
Negative thought patterns and beliefs affect people’s emotions and behaviours. As clients become aware of and change these negative patterns; they experience a greater sense of control over their own lives, increased sense of positive and are able build healthy relationships.
I incorporate several theories of counselling to help clients on their journeys of healing and personal growth. I continue to learn through educational opportunities and stay current with new and more effective approaches to counselling and psychotherapy.
- Emotionally Focussed Therapy for Couples and Individuals
- Gottman Method Couples Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Family Systems Theory
- Solution Oriented Therapy
- Narrative Therapy
Credentials and memberships:
- Master of Education (psychology) 1999, University of Regina
- Saskatchewan College of Psychologists; Registered Psychologist, #551
- Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association; Certified Canadian Counsellor (C.C.C.)
- Professional Association of Canadian Christian Counsellors and Psychotherapists; Certified Member
- American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists; Affiliate Member
- American Association of Christian Counsellors; Member
Mary Ross ReachesRegina SK