Read on as our counselling psychologists describe themselves
I will share a little bit about myself to help you decide if I am a psychologist you would like to work with.
I grew up in a chaotic and unpredictable environment which led to my interest in easing the pain of those around me. I believe those experiences cultivated my curiosity, compassion and determination to help others. It also sparked my passion to understand how our early experiences influenced our current behaviours. I wondered how do we change our behaviours that no longer serve us? I set out to try to answer this by assisting others in developing more adaptive strategies. We do not choose the hardships life bestows upon us, but we are left to clean up the mess. I think we can grow as a result of enduring struggle. Connection and support are a part of that healing process.
It was a long journey to get where I am today. I started out in the restaurant industry, then the optical industry and had brief moments in retail until I made my way into the oil and gas industry. At that point, I was unsatisfied with my working life and knew I wanted a change. I pursued education and simultaneously began working in the social services field, where I have been for more than a dozen years and am grateful to be in this career.
I have several years experience working as a therapist helping people to resolve their personal struggles and improve their lives. I have worked in non-profit, hospital and private settings with all range of professionals (i.e. first responders, nurses, teachers, lawyers, engineers, customer service and leadership).
I founded Psychology Solutions Calgary in 2015 and am please at our continual growth. I have a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Mount Royal University, a Masters of Counselling Degree from Adler University and I am a Registered Psychologist. I am a professional member of the College of Alberta Psychologists, Psychologists Association of Alberta and EMDR Canada. I look forward to our work together. Meghan
Initiating any type of therapy can be intimidating. My approach is to offer a welcoming, non-judgmental space where clients feel heard and understood as we work together on your treatment goals. I work with individuals on a wide range of mental health-related issues, including anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and loss, parenting, burnout and workplace issues. Over the years, I have worked with clients from a variety of fields, from first responders, health care workers and teachers, to executives, business and sales professionals, and office personnel, and to stay-at-home moms and dads.
Prior to becoming a registered psychologist, I worked with organizations developing and managing mental health programs in their workplaces. Over time, I discovered that my interests shifted from the corporate scale, to a desire to helping people make a positive impact in their own lives, at the individual scale. I use a client-centered approach to therapy using concepts and tools from Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Accelerated Resolution Therapy.
I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Harding University, and a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Psychology from Middle Tennessee State University. I am a Registered Psychologist, a member of the College of Alberta Psychologists and the Psychologists Association of Alberta. I find great reward in helping people achieve a life of purpose that is in line with one’s values. Let’s get started. Nicola