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petrina runke
registered provisional psychologist

We are ever changing, sometimes by our own accord, and at other times by external factors beyond our control. We might pursue personal growth in a time of conflict or confusion, such as when we face changes in our career, in our personal relationships or when we feel “stuck” in our lives.

Navigating the stressors of daily life can result in mental and physical fatigue, uncomfortable emotions, or a lack of meaning or purpose in one’s life. When emotional and physical pain and suffering stems from trauma, it can feel as though one’s life has been turned upside down, and can create feelings of hopelessness. Trauma has a profound, enduring impact on emotional and mental well-being.

Each person experiences life through their own unique perspective, and each experience holds different meaning and importance than it might for another.  Therapy is a transformative process by which we can safely explore and process our feelings, thoughts and experiences within a healing and empowering relationship.

About

My therapeutic approach is framed by a strong belief in social justice and equality for all living beings. My aim is to join with each person in their healing and personal growth process to provide a safe, non-judgmental, and compassionate place to do this work. I believe in and honor the unique and expert position that individuals hold in their lives. When working with individuals, couples or families, I focus on supporting the development of healthy relationships through empathy and understanding.

I draw on principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Attachment-Based Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, and Narrative Therapy.  I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), which has been established as an effective form of treatment in post-traumatic-stress-disorder (PTSD), and reduces distressing symptoms and improves overall well-being. I am also certified in hypnosis and utilize techniques to assist individuals in achieving relaxation, personal insight, wellness and inner calm. 

I have over 15 years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families in a variety of contexts. I specialized in Addiction Counselling for 8 years, and have considerable experience in working with trauma recovery.

Services

In my practice, I work with adults, couples, children, adolescents and families dealing with a variety of issues/ concerns:

Education and Professional Qualifications

Master of Counselling - City University of Seattle, Edmonton

Bachelor of Applied Child Studies with a Certificate in Children’s Mental Health - Mount Royal University

Registered Provisional Psychologist, in good standing as a member of the College of Alberta Psychologists, Psychologists’ Association of Alberta, and the Canadian Psychological Association.

 

For more information, or to schedule a session:

Call the office: (780) 460-0022
info@riversedgecounselling.com

Send a text message.

more about my specialties

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Teens
Adolescence is a crucial time of development. Teens are exploring their identity, and wanting more autonomy and independence from their parents or caregivers. ...read more
Adolescence is a crucial time of development. Teens are exploring their identity, and wanting more autonomy and independence from their parents or caregivers. Yet, this is the exact time that they need their parents or caregivers to remain close, engaged and involved in their lives. I have worked with adolescents for 15 years, and have supported teens with issues such as addiction, trauma, self-harm, family/peer conflict, anxiety, depression, and gender and sexual identity. I help teens safely explore questions about their identities, relationships, and future direction. I use an attachment-based approach to facilitate emotional healing through the therapeutic relationship. I incorporate activities that draw on the teen's interests, like music, games, painting, and writing. I also support parents by providing information and resources that will benefit their parent-child relationship.


Addictions
Addiction is multifaceted and complex. It often causes significant pain and loss for the individual experiencing the addiction and their loved ones. ...read more
I specialized in addiction counselling for 8 years, working in adult and youth inpatient, detox and treatment centres. I utilize motivational interviewing as a way of connecting with people to understand and help promote their readiness to change. I incorporate various therapeutic approaches to help individuals make changes in their lives, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Narrative Therapy. Relapse is a common part of addiction recovery, which makes relapse prevention a critical part of addiction counselling. I work closely with the individual to develop resources, supports, and skills to maintain changes.


Children
Childhood is a time of wonder, exploration, and discovery. When children cannot express verbally what is causing them to feel distressed, we might see increased acting-out behaviours, regression, withdrawal, or drastic mood changes. ...read more
This can cause frustration, worry, and feelings of helplessness for parents. I work with children ages 5 and up, and use play-based strategies to help children express their inner thoughts and feelings through developmentally appropriate means. I engage children at their level, and focus on creating a safe, secure therapeutic relationship to facilitate healing. I work closely with parents or caregivers during this process, to ensure that they have the support, information and tools they need to best meet the needs of their child.


Couples
Relationships can be challenging at times. It can be difficult to balance our needs and wants with that of another person. ...read more
When it comes to an intimate partner relationship, it can become even more complex to negotiate daily stressors, such as finances, jobs, and family. At times couples might find themselves at a loss for how to work through issues that arise in the course of their relationship. I join with the couple to provide a neutral, supportive, and compassionate place to gain understanding, develop communication strategies, and increase harmony and unity in the relationship.


Family
Families do not exist in a bubble. They live within a broader context, and face various external pressures and influences. ...read more
At times families can experience disharmony and conflict. I work with the whole family from an attachment therapy approach to nurture change and growth in family relationships. I utilize a variety of creative strategies to engage family members differently with one another to foster cooperation, mutual respect, understanding and empathy. We explore the different family member's perspectives and how this influences patterns of interactions. I focus on empowering each family member to have a voice in the healing process.


Trauma
When emotional and physical pain and suffering stems from trauma, it can feel as though one’s life has been turned upside down, and can create feelings of hopelessness. ...read more
Trauma has a profound, enduring impact on emotional and mental wellbeing. I have focused much of my counselling career on developing my understanding and skills in working with individuals that have experienced trauma. I primarily use Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), which has been established as an effective and efficient form of treatment for trauma and post-traumatic-stress-disorder (PTSD), and reduces distressing symptoms and improves overall wellbeing. I also incorporate hypnosis techniques to assist individuals in achieving relaxation, personal insight, wellness and inner calm.