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Charlene Remenda-Madra


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:

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

  • Bullying

  • 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.

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The thinking comes last.
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
Charlene has experience in the areas of early developmental and emotional trauma, motor vehicle accidents, shock trauma, sexual abuse and is currently enrolled in a specialized three-year body-oriented approach to the healing of trauma called Somatic Experiencing, or SE™, www.traumahealing.org. She completed a four-year post-graduate program in Integrative Body Psychotherapy (IBP) with a strong focus on early developmental trauma and attachment injuries. IBP is a comprehensive body-centered model of therapy that combines breathing, movement and presence to gain access to the wisdom of the body – something that is often interrupted, no longer accessible or just too scary to connect to after a traumatic event or series of traumatic injuries. Charlene is compassionate, emotionally present and takes a gentle approach to working with individuals.

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 works with couples from an attachment-based perspective to strengthen the bond between partners and increase feelings of safety and security within the relationship. She acts as a ‘process consultant’ to help people understand the negative pattern they are currently caught in to find new, more productive and fulfilling ways of connecting. Within our primary love relationship, we all want to feel accepted, a sense of belonging and comfort. We are truly ‘wired’ for connection. Charlene has completed her training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) and is currently working towards certification in this model. She works with couples of all ages and stages of life from dating through to separation and with same-sex couples, as well. She approaches couples therapy from an integrated perspective using EFT, somatic and trauma techniques to help couples meet their goals or intentions for their relationship. See more about the Emotionally Focused Therapy approach here

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
Charlene has experience working with children, adolescents and families on the Children’s Team at St. Albert Mental Health as well as in elementary schools and private practice settings. She received play therapy training at the Rocky Mountain Play Therapy Institute in Calgary, AB and has continued her education through attending numerous multi-day play therapy trainings in the areas of therapeutic play, attachment and sand-tray work. Her approach with children is play-based, strength-focused and driven by an attachment focus. Charlene works from directive and non-directive approaches to meet the needs of each unique child. Charlene has had the pleasure of training with such experts in the field as Dr. Gary Landreth and Liana Lowenstein. She is a past Board Member of the Alberta Play Therapy Association (APTA).