there! My name is Kirthana, and I’m a provisionally
registered psychologist in the province of Alberta. I have recently moved to
Edmonton from India, and I speak fluent English and Tamil, and can also speak
with you in Kannada or Hindi.
I completed my Masters in Psychology (Clinical) from Christ University, Bangalore, India, and on coming to Edmonton, got my academic credentials equated to Canadian standards. I also volunteered with a child, adolescent and family mental health centre, here in Edmonton, and gained experience with the people, their outlook and lifestyles. In India, I have worked as part of the Clinical Psychology team, under the Psychiatry Department at two established hospitals in Bangalore. I have worked with a variety of clients at this time, and also conducted a number of assessments.
In my practice, I take a person-centred approach, where you and your unique experiences are important, and I work with you to help you discover your own insights and answers in a safe and confidential space. The time we get together is to explore the person that you are, and to develop supports, strategies and goals that are important to you, that we can work towards, for your growth and peace of mind.
I also have a deep interest in alternative healing methods like hypnotherapy, mindfulness, progressive muscular relaxation, positive affirmations, tapping and energy healing. I find that incorporating these methods with traditional cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) leads to quick and effective results in therapy. If you would like, we can explore these avenues as well. We will ultimately take the approach that best works for you and your unique circumstances.
I work with young children, adolescents, adults and couples. I explore various issues including:
- Depression (ranging from sadness to hopelessness and self-harm behaviour)
- Anxiety and Stress
- Anger and Anger Management
- Relationship Concerns (family, work, parental and intimate)
- Addictions (drug and alcohol)
- Grief and Loss of Loved Ones
- Self-Development (overcoming procrastination, meeting deadlines, improving self-esteem, enhancing performance)
I am also passionate about working with children and adolescents, and their unique concerns about school, playmates, self-expression, relationship with parents, as well as trauma and abuse that they might have faced.
Coming from a different cultural background, I am able to appreciate the importance of embracing cultural diversity and uniqueness. I understand differences in world-views and how traditions and culture impact one’s lifestyle and ways of functioning. I am interested to hear your story and to work with you in gaining insight into patterns that have come up in your life. I can help you find ways and means that work best for you, to deal with your unique situations and challenges.
I also have experience conducting a variety of assessments and believe that they provide an avenue into understanding the overall functioning of an individual. I administer cognitive, neurological and personality assessments.
If you would like to contact me, you can reach me at 780-428-9223 or at firstname.lastname@example.org