About me

My Journey To Becoming A Counsellor

I’m no different from the clients I see. Like everyone else, I’m human. I’ve been through both wonderful and difficult experiences that have shaped who I am and how I help.

I help those with ADHD and sleep problems because I have lived the challenges of both. Although I wasn’t diagnosed with ADHD until later in life, I always felt different and misunderstood. I often felt stressed, overwhelmed, and inadequate throughout my life. I worked hard to develop time management and organization. Still, the inability to maintain the systems I had in place often made me feel that my life was upside-down and daily tasks were monumental. I had a hard time understanding myself and often felt misunderstood by others. I tried to fit in, but I couldn’t quite figure out why I was misperceived. My life experiences are what led me to become the Counselling Therapist I am today.

Helping People Gives My Life Meaning

Being a Counselling Therapist is fulfilling. I love guiding people toward figuring things out and seeing them finally get the life they want. The most rewarding thing about being a Counselling Therapist is giving hope when people feel hopeless. I am committed to supporting and empowering you to make changes.

I Have A Genuine Interest In Others

I bring an open, non-judgemental presence to sessions and have a natural ability to:

  • Uncover what’s under the surface.
  • Collaborate with people to set goals and help them reach them.
  • Be flexible on the path of discovering what’s going on.
  • Accept people for who they are and in their current life circumstances.
  • People who know me often say that I am a good listener who can help people feel heard and understood, which helps people feel seen and start to heal.

Our Sessions Are Focused On You

It’s important to me to provide a non-judgemental space where you can be yourself and ensure that the process is collaborative. There isn’t a “one size fits all” approach to Counselling. Our sessions will fit your specific needs and concerns.

I Embrace The Following Philosophies

I believe therapy should address the person as a whole – their mind, body, and spirit. I believe that sometimes small steps in the right direction end up being the biggest steps in the end.

Let’s Discover How I Can Help

Start feeling more confident and start living the life you want. Book your free phone consultation today, you can share what’s going on for you, and we can explore how I can help.

Brenda

My Professional Background

Registered Nurse College of Registered Nurses of Alberta

Canadian Certifed Counsellor Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association

Counselling Therapist The Association of Counselling Therapy of Alberta

Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Alberta

Masters in Counselling from Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington

ADHD-Certified Clinical Services Provider (ADHD-CCSP) Certification

Certified Mindfulness Informed Professional (CMIP) Certification

Additional Training

Intensive Training: Mindfulness Informed Professional Certification Course

Evidence-informed Sleep Solutions for Clinicians Working with Teens and Young Adults

Effective Treatment Strategies for People with PTSD & Insomnia with Colleen Carney

Treating Sleep Problems: A Transdiagnostic Approach Book by Alison G Harvey and Daniel Buysse

Mindfulness for Adult ADHD: A Clinician’s Guide Book by Lidia Zylowska and John Mitchell

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Adult ADHD: Targeting Executive Functioning Book by Mary Solanto (CBT ADHD)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Training: Master the Core Skills and Competencies of CBT

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I): Evidence-based Insomnia Interventions for Trauma, Anxiety, Depression, Chronic Pain, & more

Certified ADHD Professional (ADHD-CCSP) Intensive Training Course: Evidence-Based Strategies for Managing ADHD Across the Lifespan

Dr. Sue Johnson Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT): Attachment-based Interventions to Treat Trauma, Anxiety and Depression

Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)

Trauma Conference: The Body Keeps the Score Trauma Healing with Bessel van der Kolk

Dan Siegel on Attachment, Trauma & Psychotherapy: Neural Integration for Resilience & Well-Being

Brain Story Certification

Indigenous Awareness and Sensitivity Certificate

Level 1 & 2 Health Change Methodology

Licensed Craving Change Clinician