Much of my work involves supporting professional caregivers, first responders and medical personnel whose professions often include prolonged exposure to significant stress. This includes teachers, physicians, nurses, first responders (ambulance, fire, search and rescue personnel), support workers, social workers and therapists.  Traumatic stress can manifest after a particularly difficult event, loss or life change but it could also be the result of cumulative stress over time.  You might be experiencing:

  • Worry and anxiety-related symptoms
  • Chest pain
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Burn out and loss of energy
  • Vivid or intrusive memories
  • Restlessness
  • Relationship struggles
  • Dissociative experiences like forgetfulness, difficulty focusing or concentrating
  • Overwhelming emotions
  • Increase in substance use or compulsive behaviour as a way of coping with distress
  • Feelings of overwhelm
  • Loss of control

I have witnessed over and again how crisis can be the catalyst for profound healing and change; this transformational process can lead to a much more fulfilling and life-giving path than what you might have imagined was possible, even before the crisis began.  Although outcomes vary from individual to individual, clients have often suggested that tele-health counselling therapy work gives them:

  • An increased sense of wellness and energy
  • Renewed focus and engagement with life and relationships
  • Decrease in trauma and stress related symptoms
  • A feeling of being supported, deeply heard and understood
  • Decrease in isolation and a sense that they are not alone
  • A convenient tele-health option that they can access in the privacy of their home
  • An online option that allows for privacy and confidentiality – this can be especially helpful for those living and working in rural and remote communities

My approach blends feminist counselling ethics with Somatic Experiencing trauma therapy techniques and creative arts therapy interventions. You do not need to be an artist to benefit from creative techniques; at times this might just mean that we speak about your experiences with metaphor and word-pictures in a way that helps to clarify what you are going through.

I aim to meet your specific goals as efficiently as possible. When needed I may also integrate trauma-focused CBT and DBT-informed interventions. Each client is unique, and though I rely on evidenced-based practices, it is my experience that each person’s healing work is specific and unique to them.

My approach includes:

  • Establishing a sense of emotional safety and trust as a crucial first step
  • Care not to re-traumatize the client through unnecessary re-telling of the trauma narrative
  • A deep respect for nervous systems function. I meet will you where you are at and we will work from there.
  • Providing you with autonomy and choice throughout our work together
  • Deep listening and a desire to hear and understand the uniqueness of your experience
  • Normalizing the trauma response; in trauma therapy we often say that trauma reactions are the mind-body’s normal way of responding to abnormal events. “Abnormal” is outside of you, not within you. You are responding naturally, the way you are supposed to when life events and circumstance become overwhelming.  We will work together to normalize this experience and help you to regain a sense of control.
  • Use of creativity, metaphor and image to move your through trauma processing
  • A deep respect for the range of health and wellness practices across cultural traditions
  • A deep respect for the ways in which social circumstances affect and can create distress
  • A belief in the inner resources you already have to help support you in moving towards wellness
  • A belief that life’s most excruciating crises can bring amazing and unexpected gifts
  • A deep sense of gratitude in being able to walk beside and support people through some of their most challenging life experiences

To our work together I bring 15 years of experience supporting professional caregivers, first responders, medical personnel, and others who have survived residential school, clients who have survived sexual assault and immigrant and refugee clients in managing incredibly challenging life circumstances.  To support this work I have sought training in the following areas:

  • Completion of Advanced training Somatic Experiencing Trauma Therapy Practitioner
  • Graduate training in Transcultural Psychiatry
  • Graduate training in Creative Art Therapies
  • Graduate Training in Counselling Psychology
  • Advanced training in Trauma & Dissociation
  • Critical Incident Stress Management and Debriefing
  • Training cyber ethics
  • Doctoral training and research in how technology intersects with online therapy

All of our sessions held by telephone or through a secure, encrypted video-conferencing portal.  Evening and afternoon appointments are available. Sessions are invoiced at an hourly rate of $126.00 with gst included.

To book a consultation contact me at (250) 847-0390 or email m_slipp@hushmail.com