Sooooo... I'm extremely on top of things this year and already have the fall group dates set. Clearly I'm looking forward to this! As a bonus, this year you also get a deal for being ahead of the game, in the form of an early bird special.
I am writing this post today to ensure all my clients are aware of an upcoming change in my availability. I will be on maternity leave as of January 17, 2015. At this time, I plan to return in the summer of 2015, though I am remaining flexible with the exact start date. I may be able to offer phone or video counselling as early as May and plan to return to in person sessions in the months that follow. If you are looking for counselling during this time, there are a several options:
1) The receptionist at my office can put you on waiting list and give you a call back to set up an appointment when my schedule has been finalized (please call 780-413-4600 to arrange);
2) The attached list of colleagues (see below) are familiar with my practice, and will be happy to work with you during my absence. Of course, you may also choose any provider you like from your own research. If you would like to speak to me directly about which counselor might be the best fit for you, please contact me via email to discuss options (NicolePerryMA@gmail.com), leaving 1-2 weeks for me to return emails; or
3) You may also be interested in attending group therapy. There are several upcoming groups that I will have posted on my website for your information.
Susan Larcombe, Registered Psychologist
Amrita Bhar, Registered Psychologist
Brandi Gruninger, Registered Psychologist and owner of Evolution Psychology
I will send out an email to all clients when my return to work date is set. If you believe I may have an incorrect email address for you, simply email me to let me know. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or require further information. I look forward to seeing you in summer and beyond!
Are you ready to....
Give to yourself first, without guilt?
Choose the situations and relationships that make you happiest?
Talk to yourself with love and compassion instead of criticism and comparison?
Consider joining my brand new 10-week group this fall! "Loving Your Authentic Self" will be running at the YWCA in downtown Edmonton and will include teaching, self-reflection, and fun activities to build your love of who you are! Contact me by phone or email to set up an intake and find out more.
As many of you know, I am currently attending a training that focuses on healing and resolving trauma. It is called Somatic Experiencing and I have just finished Beginner II. I'm still working on the best way to describe this method to those I'm working with, but in the meantime I thought I would post the description from the official Somatic Experiencing website (with some parts edited out for length).
SOMATIC EXPERIENCING (SE™) is a method for resolving trauma symptoms and relieving chronic stress. It is the life's work of Dr. Peter A. Levine, resulting from his multidisciplinary study of stress physiology, psychology, ethology, biology, neuroscience, indigenous healing practices, and medical biophysics, together with over 45 years of successful clinical application. The SE approach releases traumatic shock, which is key to transforming PTSD and the wounds of emotional and early developmental attachment trauma.
SE offers a framework to assess where a person is "stuck" in the fight, flight, freeze, or collapse responses and provides clinical tools to resolve these fixated physiological states.
Trauma and the Science Behind SE
Trauma may begin as acute stress from a perceived life-threat or as the end product of cumulative stress. Both types of stress can seriously impair a person's ability to function with resilience and ease. Trauma may result from a wide variety of stressors such as accidents, invasive medical procedures, sexual or physical assault, emotional abuse, neglect, war, natural disasters, loss, birth trauma, or the corrosive stressors of ongoing fear and conflict. SE teaches that trauma is not caused by the event itself, but rather develops through the failure of the body, psyche, and nervous system to process adverse events.
How SE Works
SE facilitates the completion of self-protective motor responses and the release of thwarted survival energy bound in the body, thus addressing the root cause of trauma symptoms. This is approached by gently guiding clients to develop increasing tolerance for difficult bodily sensations and suppressed emotions.
SE does not require the traumatized person to re-tell or re-live the traumatic event. Instead, it offers the opportunity to engage, complete and resolve in a slow and supported way the body's instinctual fight, flight, freeze, and collapse responses. Individuals locked in anxiety or rage then relax into a growing sense of peace and safety. Those stuck in depression gradually find their feelings of hopelessness and numbness transformed into empowerment, triumph, and mastery. SE catalyzes corrective bodily experiences that contradict those of fear and helplessness. This resets the nervous system, restores inner balance, enhances resilience to stress, and increases people's vitality, equanimity, and capacity to actively engage in life.
Did you know that I offer both phone and teletherapy sessions in addition to the usual in person sessions? I am often thinking about accessibility and wanted to create more possibilities for those who might be less mobile - due to chronic pain/illness, living in rural communities, or any other reasons. I use a technology called VSee to connect with you on your existing computer, laptop, iPad, or iPhone. It provides a whole a whole-room view of my office and makes the experience feels more authentic, as if we’re actually in the room together. It’s free to use and very similar to Skype or FaceTime but much more secure. So, no matter where you are located in Alberta, you'll have access to counseling. And because I don't have to pay for office space (I can work from my home office!), there is a special rate of only $100/session. Contact me to find out more and set up an appointment.
Do you find yourself...
Falling in love with anyone who reaches out?
Allowing others to define you, describe your reality, or direct your life?
Giving to others until you have nothing left?
We're running another 10 week Boundaries Group starting Wednesday, February 5th. Please contact me for more details and to register!
When I started working full time as a therapist, I recognized that the holiday season is a difficult time not just for a few of us - but for a lot of folks. Between difficult families, losses, and time spent alone, it's not always easy to get through. I know intimately the pain that can come along with this time of year, and how difficult that can be particularly when it's "supposed to be" something so different.
I hope you find something helpful in this handout - even the reminder that you're not alone if you are having a difficult time this holiday season.
I am happy to announce that I will be running a new group this fall, "Boundaries, Burnout, and the Art of Saying No".
As of October 1, 2013, I will be changing my fees from $120/hour to $140/hour for individual counselling and $160/session for couples counselling. Now this is a bit more than your typical fee change announcement because it's one I struggled with for a long time. As a feminist counsellor, I believe strongly in accessibility and I never want finances to be a barrier to reaching out. So I think transparency about why I'm changing the prices is important here. I still believe in accessibility, and I will still continue to offer a sliding scale. I'm hoping that the increased revenue will help me:
I am happy to announce that I will now be offering therapy sessions by phone! I am often thinking about accessibility and wanted to create more possibilities for those who might be less mobile - due to chronic pain/illness, living out of town, or any other reasons. If you're interested in booking a phone session (available Wednesdays only), feel free to contact me by email. Please note that this service is only open to residents of Alberta, as this is the only province I'm registered in.