Vanessa is a Registered Psychologist with Aspire Counselling and Psychology. She completed her Masters Degree with a specialization in clinical and counselling psychology. Vanessa provides psychotherapy to children, teens, adults, and couples within Parkland County, and surrounding areas.
Vanessa’s background experience includes working within school settings with children who have special needs and as a First Nations Metis Inuit Liaison. She has a passion for working with kids and helping them achieve their full potential. She has training in Play Therapy, Play Therapy for Trauma, and Bibliotherapy to assist children in expressing their inner thoughts, feelings, and troubles in a language they understand.
Vanessa is trained in basic Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, CBT for anxiety, and TEAM CBT. This training allows her to assist clients in recognizing unhealthy thought patterns and working together to create more helpful and productive thought patterns.
Vanessa is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). This allows her to assist clients who have experienced trauma to reprocess those memories and decrease the intensity of the emotions felt.
Vanessa practices from a client-centered perspective, meaning she works hard to create an environment where individuals feel heard, and their opinions, ideas, and goals are respected. Vanessa believes in working together to create a relationship where positive changes occur and individuals feel empowered within their own lives.