Every event touches our mind, body and spirit. As a therapist, I strive to see the whole person and the whole picture that has shaped you and the events leading up to our first meeting. Because all problems stem from relationship issues I pay special attention to our relationship in hopes of creating a safe, non-judgmental place for you to begin, or continue, to heal. A place where all of you can be accepted and where you might even be able to explore or share the things that might be difficult to face or share out in the ‘real’ world. Together I hope to develop a goal, intention or vision for a better and happier life that begins from the inside and radiates out and I look forward to supporting you on your personal journey.
I have a Master’s of social work degree from McGill University specializing in Counselling with individuals, couples and families. I have been providing counseling and therapy to individuals, children and families for over 15 years and began working with couples in 2007. Currently I am also a Sessional Instructor in the Faculty of Social Work at Grant MacEwan University and have extensive training in directive and non-directive play therapy with a special interest in attachment issues.
In 2007 I became Certified in Integrative Body Psychotherapy, or IBP and use it as a tool to augment my practice. IBP is a body-centered approach to therapy that uses breath, movement and boundaries to access the wisdom of the body in healing. Common issues such as depression, anxiety, trauma, hopelessness, feeling unheard, unsupported or lost can all be effectively addressed from a body-centered approach to promote lasting and effective change.
In my practice, I see individuals, couples, children and families. Some of the common issues I help people address include:
- Relationship/Couples issues
- Boundary issues
- Feelings of unhappiness, dissatisfaction and anger
- A general loss of energy
- Stress – workplace, family and home
- Grief and Loss
- Parenting Challenges
- Personal Development and Growth
With children, I work from a play-based perspective to address emotional, physical, behavioral or school-related issues. Common problems include:
- Feeling scared or worried
- Trouble paying attention at school
- Feeling sad or anger
- Trouble with peers
- Parents divorcing
- Adjusting to a new parent or step-family, a new school or perhaps a move.
I also facilitate groups and workshops in and around the St. Albert and Edmonton region on topics that include: boundaries, strengthening your relationships, and conscious parenting.
Charlene works with trauma from a bottom-up approach “from the toes to the head.” A body-centered or somatic approach is particularly well-suited to healing trauma as the symptoms are stored in the body. .... read more
Though most couples present with communication issues, issues of conflict, trust or infidelity the underlying issue is always one of attachment, or, quite simply, “Do I matter to you?”.... read more
Charlene is passionate about working with children and helping them to feel better inside. Her work often involves helping children to: feel more calm, heal from adverse events, overcome the difficulty that may have brought them into therapy, gain tools for coping, regain their sense of inner strength, and to deepen their emotional connection with the people who matter most people in their lives... read more