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Marti Lysek-Behiels

Registered Psychologist

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“One of the hardest lessons in life is letting go. Whether it’s guilt, anger, love, loss or betrayal. Change is never easy. We fight to hold on and we fight to let go.”  - Mareez Reyes

Each person that I have worked with has taught me the importance and value of really listening, understanding and validating an individual’s unique reality. I have learnt that although it may be difficult, healing occurs when we can share and hold this emotional space with another person. It is during this time that we discover what we need in order to take the first small step towards healing, change and growth. I support people in their readiness for change as they start to self-reflect and as they stay open to new experiences and understanding.  

About


I am a Registered Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists and a member of the Psychologists Association of Alberta.  I have worked with children, adolescents, adults, families and couples in a variety of settings including non for profit and school settings. Listening to each person’s unique experience it is important that I work collaboratively with the person to create a plan that is meaningful to them. I use a variety of approaches including Cognitive-Behavioral, Solution Focused, Narrative, and Attachment-based. I have training in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). 


Over the past 7 years, I have also facilitated therapeutic groups for men that have experienced intimate partner violence as well as psycho-educational workshops for managing anger, parenting and blended families. I have facilitated the FOCIS on communication workshop which teaches communication strategies to separated and divorced partners who are co-parenting their children.

Some Areas of Practice Include:

 

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Children
Children live in the moment. Through play and creative expression they learn and grow. Children seek togetherness and they mirror what they observe and what they experience...read more
I work with children using the PACE (playfulness, acceptance, curiosity and empathy) approach. I incorporate art, mindfulness and Theraplay techniques in order to support children to express and to process how they are feeling, and to guide them to better regulate their emotions and to manage their behavior for their developmental age. .

Adolescents
Adolescence is a time when a lot of things are questioned including adults in their lives. Even though they are older, adolescents still need a secure attachment base from which to explore and return. This secure attachment base means that the adolescent can choose to be self-reliant or reliant on others depending on the circumstance. ...read more
I work with adolescents where they are at in a non-judgemental, empathic way. I empower adolescents to take ownership of their choices and I suggest tools and ideas to deal with issues like depression, anxiety, anger, frustration and low self-esteem. Within the family system I support the adolescent to try to dissolve the blocked trust and I support the caregivers to heal the blocked care.

Couples
Every person is unique with very different backgrounds, experiences, perceptions and values. Understanding this it is not surprising that when individuals become a couple there are times when conflict and disagreement arises. ...read more
Communication is key to any partnership and I support partners to learn solid communication skills in order to create an empathic understanding for the other person. When working with couples I use the Gottman method as well as Emotion Focused therapy techniques to encourage couples to repair and resolve past and current pain.