Gita Ward, BA, MSW, RSW

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You may be struggling with worry, sadness, anger, self-esteem, relationships, guilt, lack of motivation, avoiding work/friends/family or trying to bounce back from a trauma. Therapy can help you to relieve these symptoms, improve relationships and restore hope. With over 10 years of experience in mental health and addiction I am able to help you make the changes you want and better manage this difficult time. 

I offer individualized services for a variety of concerns that you may be experiencing. I specialize in individual counselling for adults and youths who may experiencing the following


Anxiety Symptoms and/or Disorders including:
  • Generalized Anxiety
  • Social Anxiety
  • Agoraphobia
  • Phobias
  • Excoriation (Skin Picking)
  • Obssessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • High Stress

Depressive Symptoms and/or Disorders including:
  • Depression (mild, moderate, severe)
  • Dysthymia  
  • General feelings of sadness, hopelessness, lack of energy and motivation
  • Increase or decrease of sleep and appetite
  • Thoughts of suicide
  • Loss and grief

Trauma Symptoms and/or Disorders including:
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder 
  • Nightmares and Flashbacks
  • Avoidance of people, places, things
  • Feelings of numbness or unable to regulate emotions
  • Hypervigilence- hyper aware of everything around you
  • Thinking about the trauma all of the time
  • Trying to push the trauma memories away
  • Childhood emotional, physical and sexual abuse

Substance Use:
  • Over use of Alcohol, Marijuana and/or Prescription Medications
  •  Choice of use is getting in the way of going to work
  • Substance use is controlling your choices
  • Substance is affecting your relationships
  • Finances are affected by your use
  • Legal matters due to use 

 Borderline Personality Disorder/Traits:
  • Fear of real or perceived abandonment
  • Inability to express feelings appropriately
  • Self harm and/or suicidal behaviours
  • Chaotic relationships
  • Struggle with interpersonal relationships 
  • Inability to regulate emotions 
  • Struggle to express anger in a healthy manner

Family Concerns:
  • Family member struggling with Substance Use
  • Raised in a chaotic home- parents w/substance use and/or mental health concerns
  • Family member struggling with mental health concerns
  • Current family conflict

In addition to a B.A in psychology and a Master’s in Clinical Social Work I have been trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for general problems and Anxiety by the world-renowned founder of the CBT approach at the Beck Institute and completed Level 1 and 2 Gottman approach with one of the world's leading marriage experts Dr. John Gottman. I also have advanced training in Prolong Exposure Therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Mindfulness, and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy. I draw from these models to ensure that I provide you with an individualized and professional service that best suits your needs to improve your quality of life.

Personally, I love to travel the world to meet new people and learn about all the cultures the world has to offer. I love to spend time with my family and my pug, Walter. I strongly believe in giving back to the community and building stronger communities through education, so I started an ongoing bi-yearly scholarship for GED graduates pursuing a higher education.  I am originally from the East Coast and enjoy going home to Prince Edward Island once a year to visit the ocean, red sands, family, and eating delicious PEI potatoes, mussels and lobster.

I look forward to working with you in an empathetic and collaborative manner to provide therapy that best suits your needs. contact me today to book an appointment and for further information go to my website www.truelivingcounselling.com


Gita Ward Reaches

High River AB