Psychology & Counselling

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What can therapy do for you?

When seeing a therapist, you are provided a safe, supportive, and nonjudgmental atmosphere to discuss your thoughts, worries and express your emotions. Therapy can be an effective treatment for mental and emotional problems, as well as it can provide a space to learn and grow. If you are struggling with your mental health, you want to make changes, and/or you want to explore how you can become a healthier and happier person, therapy can help.

Therapy in Lethbridge

Performance psychology, Sport performance excellence, mental blocks, performance anxiety, recovery & return from injury, competition preparation, teambuilding.

Psychology & Counselling Team

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Sasha Mourits

Sasha Mourits is a Registered Provisional Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists. Sasha is attachment and trauma informed and draws on a Solution-Focused and Strength-Based approach. She takes a person-centered approach when meeting with clients, with an emphasis on empowerment. Her main priority is her client’s safety and comfort and she strives each session to create an environment to help her clients explore and grow.

Focus areas: trauma, attachment issues (historical childhood trauma), addictions, eating disorders, anxiety, depression and life-transitions.

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Sharie Falk

 Sharie has been described as a healer who has a unique ability to weave ancient ways/wisdom into conventional therapy approaches. She is skilled, intuitive, heartfelt, compassionate, and empathetic. She has a deep respect for the people she works with and creates a safe space for people to share their story, grow, heal, and make changes to live their best life. She offers an integrative approach grounded in transpersonal psychology and believes in working with individuals as a whole being. She has over 15 years of clinical experience and is educated in both conventional treatment modalities as well as alternative approaches to healing making her work unique.

Focus areas: trauma, addiction, personal growth, mental health (ie. Depression, anxiety, personality disorders), chronic pain/illness, Womens’ issues, relationship struggles, life transitions, grief and loss, lack of meaning and purpose, spirituality

 

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Brittney

Brittney is a Mental Performance Specialist and her work focuses on helping clients reach their maximum performance potential through mental skills training. She holds two degrees from the University of Lethbridge in Finance and Kinesiology and a Master’s degree in Psychology from California Southern University. As a professional athlete herself, Brittney brings a wealth of personal experience in the sport and exercise domain along with first-hand experience as an elite athlete competing at the highest level in her sport. Brittney is a member in good standing with the Canadian Sport Psychology Association and the Association for Applied Sport Psychology and is currently working on registering as a Psychologist through the College of Alberta Psychologists so she can expand her services to individuals seeking a wider variety of psychological aids. Her expertise is in the area of sport and performance psychology and she works with a diverse range of performers including athletes of all ages and abilities, musicians, and business executives to name a few examples.

Focus Areas: Performance psychology, Sport performance excellence, mental blocks, performance anxiety, recovery & return from injury, competition preparation, teambuilding.

Counselling & Psychology FAQ

What can therapy do for you?

When seeing a therapist, you are provided a safe, supportive, and nonjudgmental atmosphere to discuss your thoughts, worries and express your emotions. Therapy can be an effective treatment for mental and emotional problems, as well as it can provide a space to learn and grow. If you are struggling with your mental health, you want to make changes, and/or you want to explore how you can become a healthier and happier person, therapy can help.

How do I know who to see?

Your schedule, benefits and finances will play a factor in to who you choose to meet with for therapy. We encourage you to read the bios on our website to see if any of the staff stand out to you and your needs. From there, we encourage you to schedule a complimentary meet and greet, to meet your therapist and determine if it is the right fit for you.
Have attended several sessions and you do not feel it is a good fit? No problem! We encourage you to discuss this with your therapist as your comfort is our number one priority. From there we can refer you to one of the other therapists in the clinic or if that does not fit, we can provide you a list with other professionals in the community. Of course, we want to keep you happy and would love to discuss what worked and did not work with your therapist.

What are the risks and benefits of therapy?

The way you act, feel, and think are affected by coming to therapy, this can be a benefit and a risk. Potential risks may include tiredness, headaches, difficulty regulating emotions, as well as strong emotions. If at any time the risks outweigh the benefits, we will discuss alternatives for therapy.
Most everyone can benefit from attending therapy at some point during their lives; you can learn how to create and maintain balance in your life, increase your coping tools for times of stress, create healthier relationships, set boundaries, alleviate pain (emotionally/physically), overcome trauma, addictions and unhealth patterns, and just overall feel much better.

How long does therapy take?

The length of therapy or number of sessions will vary based on your individual issues and needs. The frequency of appointments is based on your schedule, finances, and what works best for you.

Are sessions covered by extended health care/insurance benefits?

When meeting with a Registered Psychologist and/or Registered Provisional Psychologist, most plans cover all or a portion of the fees.
When meeting with a Certified Canadian Counsellor select insurance providers cover all or a portion of fess, including Sunlife, Pacific Bluecross, Greenshield Canada, and Equitable Life.
Most plans vary, we encourage you to contact your benefit provider or review your benefit booklet to determine what or how much is covered.

Do I require a referral from my medical doctor to receive services?

No.

How long is each appointment?

Each session is 50-55 minutes

What is a Provisional Psychologist?

A provisional psychologist (a legally restricted term in Alberta) is a person in training to become a psychologist. This means that only individuals who have been approved by the College of Alberta Psychologists (CAP) to be on the provisional registry may use these titles.
To become a provisional psychologist they must have completed at least a Master’s in psychology or a related field (e.g. counselling), with a practicum component that typically requires 200-600 hours of supervised direct client therapy.
CAP reviews the applicants transcripts to ensure they have mastered certain certain knowledge (e.g., ethics, research methodology, intervention, biology, cognition…). Further, the applicant must have passed a police records check with vulnerable sector check, declare they are fit to engage in practice, and have proof of liability insurance. They must also have a supervision plan which outlines the areas of psychology they wish to license in such as counselling psychology.
A provisional psychologist sees clients as a part of their 1600 minimum supervised hours as part of their internship. All of their client work is supervised by a psychologist with considerable experience. Supervision may involve observation of sessions “live” (in the room) or through watching via video/audio recordings. Case file review is also a part of the supervision they undergo.
During their internship, provisional psychologists write the Examination for the Professional Practice of Psychology (EPPP), which is roughly equivalent to a lawyer’s board exams. To pass the EPPP the provisional psychologist must be able to demonstrate significant knowledge and problem-solving skills across a wide range of psychological areas. Provisional psychologists are also required to pass the Law and Ethics for Alberta Psychologists (LEAP) exam which tests the provisional psychologists knowledge in ethics and jurisprudence.
In order to fully register as a psychologist, a provisional psychologist must have completed their internship with passing marks from their supervisor, and have passed their EPPP, and LEAP exam. This process generally takes 1-2 years, depending on their ability to complete the client hours and pass their exams.

What is a Registered Psychologist?

By law, the term “psychologist” can only be used by those who have met the requirements to register as a psychologist (as described in the description of a provisional psychologist). In Alberta, psychologists will identify themselves by placing “Registered Psychologist” or “R. Psych” after their name and they are registered with the College of Alberta Psychologists.

What is a Canadian Certified Counsellor?

The Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) established the Canadian Counselling Certificate (C.C.C.) program in 1986. The CCPA maintains the right to self-regulate, including certifying, advising, and disciplining its members on matters of professional conduct. Although it is not a regulatory body like the College of Alberta Psychologists, Certified Canadian Counsellors must meet and maintain a certain level of professional training and ongoing education. At this time, Certified Canadian Counsellors is a title that is not legally defined or restricted in the Health Professions Act of Alberta.
To become a C.C.C., individuals must hold either a Master’s degree or Ph.D. level degree in counselling or related field. A supervised counselling practicum (150-800 hours) along with required graduate level coursework is required.
They must be able to pass a criminal record check with vulnerable sector check and two references from prior clinical supervisors. They must provide proof of 36 hours of continuing education credits every three years to maintain their registration.
C.C.C.’s can also purchase liability insurance.

What if I feel that I have questions or concerns that have not been answered or addressed in a satisfactory manner?

You are encouraged to direct your concerns directly with your therapist, however, if despite discussing your concerns with your therapist you feel your concerns/answers have been not addressed, your encouraged to connect with Mark Vella, Chief Operating Officer, at Six08 Health, 403-694-3352.

What do I do if I don’t “click” with my therapist?

You are encouraged to discuss this with your therapist. This does occur occasionally, and your comfort is a priority, we will discuss alternatives and/or a referral within the agency. If you do not feel comfortable discussing this with your therapist, please contact Mark Vella, Chief Operating Officer, at Six08 Health, 403-694-3352.

What is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)?

EMDR is a extensively researched and effective form of therapy that helps people heal from trauma or other distressing life experiences.
“Our brains have a natural way to recover from traumatic memories and events. This process involves communication between the amygdala (the alarm signal for stressful events), the hippocampus (which assists with learning, including memories about safety and danger), and the prefrontal cortex (which analyzes and controls behavior and emotion). While many times traumatic experiences can be managed and resolved spontaneously, they may not be processed without help. Stress responses are part of our natural fight, flight, or freeze instincts. When distress from a disturbing event remains, the upsetting images, thoughts, and emotions may create feelings of overwhelm, of being back in that moment, or of being “frozen in time.” EMDR therapy helps the brain process these memories, and allows normal healing to resume. The experience is still remembered, but the fight, flight, or freeze response from the original event is resolved.” (what is emdr therapy)

What can you expect from therapy?

Your first appointment your therapist will complete a throughout assessment to get to understand you and your needs. Following the assessment, a personalized treatment plan will be made collaboratively. Sessions are client-centered and will focus on what is important to you. If you are unsure what to discuss, your therapist will aide in facilitating the session.

What are my responsibilities as a client?

As a client, you are responsible for attending your sessions as scheduled and contacting East Meets West if you need to cancel or change an appointment (please provide 24 hours), completing homework as discussed and being active in the counselling process.

It is important to understand that your relationship with your therapist is a professional one and is guided by rules and ethics. Therefore your therapist cannot: have a business or personal relationship with you, be your therapist if we are related, be friends on any social media site such as Facebook, share their personal email, ever have any romantic or sexual relationship with you or any people close to you, be your supervisor, teach or evaluator, or receive gifts from you.

What are the responsibilities of my therapist?

Your therapist’s responsibility is to ensure they practice in an ethical and in line with their own standards of practice for their profession.

How often do I need to come?

Your treatment plan is personalized to your current concerns and will be reviewed regularly. You will discuss how often to attend with your therapist and collaboratively you will select a frequency that works best for you. At the beginning of the therapeutic process, its typical to see you therapist once every 1-2 weeks.

What if I am in crisis?

If during business hours please call 403-694-3352 and your therapist may be able to arrange to see you for an emergency appointment. If you are in crisis outside of business hours or unable to meet with your Counsellor, contact the Distress Line (403-327-7905), call 911, or attend the emergency room at the Chinook Regional Hospital. East Meets West s not a crisis service, therefore we cannot guarantee availability for crisis support.

Can I contact my therapist after hours?

You are welcome to leave your therapist a voicemail on their direct line or email them, however, they will not reply until business hours. If you are in crisis please contact the Distress Line (403-327-7905), call 911, or attend the emergency room at the Chinook Regional Hospital.

Do you provide couples counselling?

Yes.

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