I have been a psychologist in Alberta since 1987 and have learned (and continue to learn) ways of helping people make the changes they wish or need to make in their lives.
Each client has unique needs and counselling or therapy is adapted specifically to each person. However, I work mainly from the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) approaches. These therapeutic approaches identify how a person's way of thinking about events or issues, their emotional responses, their actions and their values affect their situation. People learn to challenge themselves and their thinking, quiet the mind and practice new behaviors and habits in order to live more productively and with greater satisfaction.
These approaches can be used to help people deal more effectively with:
I have a Master’s degree in Social Work with specialized training and certification in EMDR and play therapy. In 2011, I completed my PhD at the University of Alberta where my studies and research focused on the healing power of our natural environment. I believe in the power of relationships.
Relationships we have with others and ourselves have an immense impact on our holistic health. Likewise, an individual’s relationship with their therapist is a key component to healing. I rely on an eclectic collection of professional skills but ground my practice in relationship-based attachment theory and mindfulness strategies as a lens to better understand life’s challenges and as a road map to find our way through difficult times.
As a therapist I approach every client relationship with a priority of developing trust and safety in order to make the work we do very valuable. I also strive to be aware of the different needs among my clients and honour those unique needs throughout treatment.
Although I was raised in Alberta, my initial training as a therapist was at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. There I was able to gain significant training in treating trauma including sexual or violent trauma, war-related incidents, displacement or refugee issues, trauma within a family including early childhood incidents and also single-incident trauma that people are struggling to move forward from.
At Cheryl Becker and Associates I see adolescents and adults and welcome working with clients who are culturally diverse. To value one’s culture is to value my client’s worldview and respect their ‘way of being’ in their community. This includes acknowledging ethnic culture in therapy but also LGBTQ culture and specific vocational cultures such as military, first responder and oil rig work camp culture.
I use cognitive and narrative strategies in therapy and frequently introduce art, exposure-based treatment, hope-focused work, mindfulness, and other self-regulation skills. Strategies and approaches are tailored to the needs and comfort level of each client.
As a registered psychologist I see clients with a variety of issues including
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I believe in the mind-body connection and use an integrated approach, tailored to meet the unique needs of each person. I draw from a variety of methods, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Somatic Psychotherapy, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
I trust that each of us has strengths and internal wisdom, and that many of the answers we seek lie within ourselves. I have learned that life tends to unfold more like a spiral than a straight line, and that set-backs and stumbles can be valuable to growth and transformation. I believe we all have vulnerabilities and fears, and that it takes a great deal of courage to address these.
Over time, I have developed a respectful and compassion-centred approach to working with others. I have learned that the working relationship between the client and counsellor is very important and that working from a place of acceptance is key to supporting meaningful and lasting change.
In my work with adult individuals, I’m particularly interested in:
Psychologist's fees are guided by the Psychologists' Association of Alberta. Our current fee is $180.00 per hour. Fees can be paid by cheque, cash, debit, MasterCard or VISA.
Many clients have extended benefits through work which helps them cover some or all of the cost.