Cindy Werner, M.Div., M.Couns.

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Thank you for taking the time to learn a little bit more about me and my counselling philosophy.

I was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alberta (1986). I married and created my family. I have twins who are twenty-five years old and a son who is twenty-three.   I obtained my Master of Divinity in 2001 and was a pastor in Saskatchewan and Alberta for several years.  I lived in Calgary, AB. with my family until 2016.

The desire to learn more about trauma and grief was sparked in me over the course of my young adulthood and career.  Since I have experienced many losses and traumas in my own life, I wanted to "pay it forward" by using those experiences to help others through the same.  So in 2009, I attended Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA and obtained my Master of Counselling with Distinction. My area of study and concentration has been complicated grief due to suicide, homicide, and accidental loss as well as traumatic life events.  In 2017, I obtained my Basic Training Certification in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing).  This is a well researched and scholarly sound therapeutic approach that aids in the healing of trauma, PTSD, abuse, grief, addictions, chronic pain, phobias, nightmares,  panic attacks, illness, disturbing memories, performance anxiety, stress reduction, and body dysmorphic disorder.

While living in Calgary, I opened a private counselling practice and worked in eight Calgary funeral homes as a funeral celebrant. A counselling position became available at the Canadian Mental Health Association – Calgary Region, in their suicide bereavement/family support programs so I jumped at that wonderful opportunity. I provided individual and group counselling primarily for people whose loved ones died by suicide. I helped to organize the agencies’ annual Survivors of Suicide Loss Day. I later supervised the counselling and education programs at CMHA.

In 2016, I moved to Regina to be closer to my daughter and granddaughters. Upon moving here, I worked at Greystone Bereavement Centre/Regina Palliative Care Inc. as a counsellor/educator. I provided individual counselling as well as a variety of group supports: loss specific grief groups, a support group for people aged 60+, a traumatic loss group, as well as suicide and homicide drop-in groups. However, the itch to have my own private practice became strong once again and so here I am today!

The base of my practice is rooted in compassion, empathy, understanding, and sincerity.  I hold your feelings of safety, security, and trust in highest regard.  I encourage the open expression of any feelings without judgment. Always know...you are in the driver’s seat in our working relationship. As a team, we work together to achieve your therapeutic goals – no matter how big or small. I will assist you in identifying your strengths, even when it doesn't feel like you have them some days! 
 
My hope is that you experience hope in the midst of difficult times.  Hurts can be healed - I am living proof of that.

 


Cindy Werner Reaches

Moose Jaw SK
Regina SK