Connie is a Registered Psychologist and a member of the College of Alberta Psychologists, Psychologist’ Association of Alberta, and the Canadian Psychological Association. She worked for many years, as a classroom teacher, and realized that improving an individual’s emotional needs was a prerequisite to learning. While working full-time, she achieved a Masters of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology from City University, Seatle.
Connie prefers a competency, collaborative approach to helping. Despite an individual’s struggles, she believes all individuals possess the strengths and power within themselves, their families, and communities to make positive changes in their lives. She deems the therapeutic relationship as “key” to helping clients. Through non-judgmental support and respect, the client determines what needs to be different in their lives and works with the counsellor to set goals. Every individual is unique, so helping sessions are formulated to meet an individual’s needs. Counselling provides space for clients to tell their stories, to be acknowledged, and ultimately be understood.
Connie worked as a school counsellor and witnessed the many problems that face children and adolescents. Her approach used with younger clients is more psycho-educational. Change interventions often involve shifting the way they think about a problem. Thus changing the way they feel and hence, how they react to a problem.
Connie has an interest in helping children, adolescents, parents, and families with concerns regarding:
- School Refusal