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Tania Johnson

registered psychologist, registered play therapist

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The spectrum of life can range from absolutely exquisite to paralyzing. Changing family dynamics, trauma, identity issues and new emotional experiences can seem overwhelming. My role is to work with you in a respectful, warm and non-judgmental manner which empowers you to consider new perspectives, to implement new understandings and to nurture inner knowledge and potential.

I work primarily from an attachment based perspective. I believe that early relationships profoundly affect our development and behaviour in life.  In addition, I use an eclectic therapeutic approach that empowers clients to live a vibrant and enriched life that is driven by meaning.

my areas of focus with adults:

I am also a Registered Play Therapist with the American Association of Play Therapy. Through the use of therapeutic play, I work with children to process emotions, to learn new problem-solving skills and to experience mastery. Play therapy is effective in the treatment of a wide range of issues; including anxiety, changes in the family, grief and loss, or behavioural difficulties. I work with adolescents through the use of music therapy, art therapy, sand tray therapy or traditional counselling. Alongside parental/ guardian involvement, I will periodically work (with parental permission) with schools and community agencies to help create the very best environment for your child or adolescent to thrive. 

my Areas of focus with children and adolescents:

  • Anxiety / depression / emotional regulation
  • Life transitions: divorce, separation and other family changes
  • Family therapy
  • Foster and adoptive family issues
  • Bullying
  • Self-esteem issues
  • Attachment issues
  • Grief and loss
  • Self-harm
  • Parent-teen conflict
  • Identity issues

My Background:

I am a Registered Psychologist and a Registered Play Therapist. I completed my undergraduate studies in South-Africa before participating in a one year, full time internship at the “Cancer Treatment Centers of America” in Chicago. At the hospital, I provided ongoing support for individuals who had been diagnosed with advanced stages of cancer. In 2012, I received my Masters of Counselling from City University of Seattle. During my Master’s degree, I worked both on the front lines and as a counsellor with children who faced a range of emotion, behavioural and cognitive challenges. My Capstone project focused on the impact of parental bereavement on children. Since completing my degree, I have worked in a private practice setting with a wide range of clients. On a personal level, I have had the opportunity to live and work in a number of different countries and I have a deep respect and sensitivity for cultural diversity. 

My Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Psychology: Rhodes University, South- Africa
  • Masters of Counselling: City University of Seattle, Canada
  • Registered Psychologist: College of Alberta Psychologists
  • Registered Play Therapist: American Association of Play Therapy

 

For more information, or to schedule a session:

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

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more about my specialties

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Addictions
Early on in my career, I had the opportunity to work at a clinic that specialized exclusively in sex addiction....read more
Although my practice is now more diverse, I still work with clients who have issues with sex addiction. Sex addiction can feel incredibly isolating. As your therapist, I will work with you to understand your addiction, to access support and to move towards recovery.


Children
As a Registered Play Therapist, I work with your child to creatively foster problem solving skills, nurture resiliencies and strengthen individual aptitude...read more
Play is the natural language of a child. Play therapy helps a child to explore emotions, to organize thoughts and to make sense of experiences. Play therapy is even more impactful on a long term basis when parents and guardians are actively involved in the child’s therapeutic journey.


Couples
It can be difficult to explore conflict with a partner when you are emotionally distraught...read more
As your therapist, I use an eclectic mix of interventions to help you and your partner to work through conflict, to strengthen and repair relational bonds and to move towards a place of greater healing, trust and joy.


Family Counselling
Every family is a unique system with a specific style of communication...read more
In therapy, I work with the family to understand the strengths and challenges of the current system, to identify and resolve conflicts and to nurture healthy relationships between family members. Family therapy often involves homework assignments that both challenge and highlight areas of potential change.


Pre-Marital Counselling
I am a trained premarital counsellor through “Prepare- Enrich”...read more
Couples sign up for 6 private sessions with me. Prior to our first session, you will receive a detailed online questionnaire about your relationship. The sessions are then tailored, through a series of exercises and conversations, to address your relationship’s unique needs, to explore areas of stress and to nurture communication and conflict management skills.


Trauma
My experience and training has nurtured a deep understanding of trauma-related cases. ...read more
I use a Triphasic model when working with clients who have experienced trauma. This model focuses on three stages in therapy: Safety and Stabilization, Remembrance and Mourning, and Reconnection. In all three phases, I utilize cognitive, behavioural, body oriented and relational interventions. Above all else, I ensure that the therapeutic process is safe, warm and non-judgmental.


Teenagers
Adolescents undergo a period of rapid developmental and emotional shifts...read more
It can be a confusing and daunting period where feelings of isolation, anxiety and depression can surface. I have had considerable experience with this age group; establishing trust and creating a strong therapeutic bond is integral to the success of therapy.

Articles By Tania

Are fidget spinners a distraction or a tool?

A new fad has young people begging their parents to buy fidget spinners with the promise that it’ll help them focus academically. But some professionals warn that the spinners, which claim to reduce anxiety and increase focus, are actually more of a toy than a tool...Read More