is a well qualified and experienced Therapist. She brings professional
competence and a wealth of personal experiences to her work with clients.
Family has always been important to her. After immigrating to Canada she raised her three children, received a
B.A. in Psychology, a B.Ed., and then her Masters degree in Marriage and Family
Therapy, MMFT, from the University
of Winnipeg .
She and her husband live in Kingston, Ontario.
provider for Victim Services - Department of Justice
External Therapist for the Immigration and Refuge Therapy Program, University of Winnipeg
Therapy in English and German
Certified EFT Therapist - Emotionally Focused Therapy
AAMFT - Clinical Fellow - Member of the American
Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
RMFT - Registered member of the Canadian
Registry of Marriage and Family Therapists
Couples Institute – Drs. Peter Pearson and
Academic Proficiency Scholarships abroad and in Canada.
Gold medal in Germanic Studies, University of Winnipeg.
Elizabeth Tresoor Award, University
EFT – Susan Johnson
Her Approach to Therapy
IFS – Richard Schwarz
- John Gottmann Workshop
Narrative approach – Michael White, David Epston, Johnella Bird,
’s approach to
therapy is very much client centered. She works within a framework of the
systems approach to therapy. Entrusting one self to a professional with one’s
inner emotional experiences can create comfort but also sometimes unexpected
fears. As a professional she knows how important it is to be sensitive to those
fears. She therefore works with clients toward a trust relationship in which
new understanding and new meaning can be created.
It is her passion to
help individuals, couples, and families move through challenging and sometimes
trying times. She strongly believes that individuals, couples and family
systems come equipped with the ability to change. They have strengths and
resources to adapt to new situations and circumstances in healthy ways.
Her theories for therapy include:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy - CBT
Emotional Focused Therapy
- EFT for Couples
Internal Family System - IFS
How can Therapy help?
or chronic stress comes to all of us at some time in our lives, often in
unpredictable ways. The death of a loved one, a chronic illness, a relationship
break-up, separation or divorce, conflicting views in parenting, a change in
status or immigration may leave us feeling bereaved, numb and alone,
frustrated, angry and confused, discouraged or powerless. With the increased
demand on our time, mental, emotional, and physical resources our familiar ways
of coping may not work anymore. Sometimes we feel stuck relating to one another
in unhealthy ways. We don’t like who we have become.
Professional support can be helpful. Alma has a profound
understanding of the need to establish, restore and preserve human dignity in
the face of stressful situations and circumstances. She can help to find ways
to ease emotional pain and restore human dignity. In times of emotional pain and confusion, she
helps her clients to discover healthy ways of dealing with distressing events
in their lives.
Client focus/Special interests
loves working with
are tired of being stuck in living in destructive patterns with self or in
relation to others.
has a particular competence in helping couples
in stressful times of separation, divorce
or infidelity. Couples who are struggling
with “How can I forgive you?” or “Do I stay or do I go”
a former educator Alma
knows about the hopes and dreams of young people and the many challenges
they face, on a developmental, social and emotional level. She understands
the needs of teens and their families and can help make a desired positive
knows first hand
the challenges of acculturation and integration to a host country and
society. The acquisition of a new language, adapting to new cultural
practices, creating a feeling of belonging while mourning the loss of the
familiar, requires considerable time, emotional resources and resilience. An
immigrant herself, she can help facilitate
a more efficient transition and effective integration.
available for appointments days, evenings and week ends.
To make an appointment
call 613-766-8984 or E-mail Alma at firstname.lastname@example.org.