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Ramona Kotke Gapp

Registered Psychologist

 

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Welcome


Whether this is your first time coming to therapy or not, the thought of pouring out your inner most vulnerable feelings to a stranger may feel overwhelming. People often spend a lot of energy faking good, saying “I`m fine” when they honestly are not fine. Even though I don’t yet know you, I am excited for your future. It takes guts to be honest about how you feel, to venture into the unknown and open up to the possibility to change. By taking the steps to find the right therapist, you are on your way to being truly heard, getting your thoughts organized, finding your answers, reaching your goals, and healing your pain. Asking for someone to listen to you, and requesting feedback and assistance, is courageous and smart. Congratulations. I look forward to meeting you.

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about

As a Registered Provisional Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists, Ramona Kotke Gapp has been helping people identify strengths, meet goals, and reach their full potential for many years, in business and in life. Through years of work in the corporate world as a trainer, volunteering in schools and with children`s organizations, and from her rich internship experience providing counselling and group therapy for survivors of domestic violence, she has developed a unique and broad set of skills.

Ramona has provided individual therapy and group counselling for clients of all ages, all walks of life and from many different cultural backgrounds.

Ramona specializes in the needs of children and their families. She utilizes a client-centered, strength-based approach and employs evidence-based methods such as cognitive behavioural therapy, solution focused therapy, art therapy, play therapy, and social skills training. She believes Parents are a child`s first best teacher, so she strongly encourages Parents to grow with their child, and she draws from her own experiences as a Mother to add authenticity to her sessions. She meets the client where they are, and is passionate about empowering them to attain their therapeutic goals.

My Qualifications

March 2018: Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Alberta Chapter Conference

December 2017: Structured Analysis Family Evaluation (SAFE) Supervisor Training, Edmonton, AB

December 2015: Structured Analysis Family Evaluation (SAFE) Training, Edmonton, AB

October 2015: Gottman Method Couples Therapy Training, San Francisco, CA

July 2015: Advanced Applications in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with David Burns, Red Deer, AB

June 2015: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Training, Lethbridge, AB

October 2012: St. John Standard First Aid Level C CPR + AED

November 2011: Domestic Violence 11 Conference, Edmonton, AB

December 2011: Delivering Dynamic Presentations, Edmonton, AB

Memberships Affiliations

CAP, College of Alberta Psychologists, Registered Provisional Psychologist 1707p

PAA, Psychologists Association of Alberta, Member 16793

CPA, Canadian Psychological Association, Member 32191

AFCC, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts

EMDR Canada

EMDR International Association

CACPT, Canadian Association for Child Play Therapy, Member 1277

STA, Sandplay Therapists of America, Associate Member

CAST, Canadian Association of Sandplay Therapy

APCC, Alberta Psychologists Competence Cooperative
 

 

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More About My specialties

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Children:
I have experience working with children individually and in groups, and have treated a variety of issues such as trauma, grief, ADHD, autism, anxiety, depression, low self esteem, and social skills deficits. I believe that the parents are the child’s first best teachers and as such they are an integral part of the child’s ongoing therapy. read more
Prior to meeting a child I prefer to have a comprehensive interview with the parents/caregivers to learn about the child’s early development and experiences and understand the style of parenting that has been employed so far. Occasionally, a child’s problematic behaviours can be resolved just by making minor adjustments in the parenting techniques or the child’s environment. When a child continues to struggle (e.g. with anxiety, depression, self esteem, or social skills deficits), I utilize a variety of evidence-based methods such as CBT, play therapy and psycho-educational activities in order to teach required skills, foster increased confidence, and bolster independence. My sessions with children always start with an agenda based on the goals discussed with the parents, however my approach is flexible and very child-centered - the flow and ultimate direction of the session will be determined by the child (within boundaries). This allows the child to feel a sense of autonomy. Through accepting the responsibility to choose what happens in their own environment, including the consequences of their choices, self-sufficiency and confidence grows. Communication and parent-coaching is ongoing alongside the child’s therapy.

Adolescents:
My experience working with teens includes raising two of my own and volunteering as a billet parent for four additional teens. In my practice I have experience helping teens overcome a variety of issues including grief, trauma, relationship problems, anxiety, depression, addictions, goal setting, and career planning. read more
During this particular developmental stage, teens experience a tremendous amount of life-altering growth as they transition from childhood into early adulthood, and change is not always easy, so when stressful life events arise, teens may react by feeling very overwhelmed and out of control. With teens my approach is client-focussed and strength-based. Therapy is often just the right place for a teen to explore their feelings without fear of judgement or an expectation to be all grown up. A healthy relationship with their parents is integral to a teen’s therapy and as such, effort is made to foster communication between the teen and their parents. At the request of the teen, I can facilitate teen-parent sessions to help the teen communicate complex topics that the teen may feel too intimidated to discuss on their own (e.g. sexuality, addictions, career choice).

Couples:
For Couples therapy, I received my training in the research-driven Gottman Method from John and Julie Gottman themselves. The goals of the Gottman Method include increasing closeness and friendship behaviors, addressing conflict productively, and building a life of shared meaning together. read more
Research shows that couples who function effectively treat each other with consideration, and are supportive of each other. Whereas couples who function less effectively (and are more likely to get divorced) engage in the four horsemen: 1. Criticism, 2. Defensiveness, 3. Stonewalling, and 4. Contempt. My approach to couples therapy is to first understand the couple’s background and history. To that end, I may request that the couple complete the Gottman Relationship Checkup https://checkup.gottman.com/ This online relationship assessment tool not only automatically scores a couple’s strengths and challenges, it also provides detailed clinical feedback and a suggested treatment plan with specific recommendations for intervention. Relationships can be incredibly difficult, but if you are both committed to improving your relationship, you can count on me to work as hard as you.


Trauma:
My experience with treating trauma includes a vast array of issues including childhood sexual abuse, rape, war, terrorism, natural disasters, motor vehicle accidents, and complicated grief. I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) which is the therapy of choice for posttraumatic stress disorder. My approach is compassionate and my focus is your safety. read more
Before processing any trauma experience in session I will ensure you have resources to ground yourself and self-soothe. I teach relaxation techniques, mindfulness and encourage meditation and yoga practice to promote wellness. At the completion of EMDR therapy, painful memories that used to create a dramatic body response when brought to mind, now feel neutral and you can now apply positive beliefs about yourself when bringing the memory to mind such as “I am okay now” or “That was awful and I am strong”.