A Bit About Therapy
I implement effective psychotherapy methods to instill self-understanding among patients and encourage them to adopt new attitudes and feelings towards life situations. It is essential to keep in mind that therapy is not a magic pill or a quick fix: therapy is a healing process that necessitates participation and investment from the patient and caretaker alike. But in the end, making small changes to self-defeating behavior and coping with feelings of sadness, fear, and pain can bring life-altering results.
The ToolBox for Grief and Loss is an insightful and practical guide for anyone who is suffering, whether from a loss that is recent or long past. Grief does not have a timeline; however, prolonged pain and suffering can be avoided or healed, and the joy in living restored.
From her twenty years as a registered psychologist and therapist, Valerie Umscheid brings personal and compelling true stories of how we can get stuck in grief, and effective tools to help us journey through to the other side of traumatic loss.. She identifies the many ways loss can affect our lives, even when we do not realize that we are in a state of prolonged grief. This book is a balm for anyone who has experienced:
Loss of a loved one
Relationship loss or divorce
Suicide of a loved one
Miscarriage or stillbirth
Loss related to a change in ability
Ambiguous loss due to a chronic illness
Loss of a pet
The ToolBox for Grief and Loss outlines a recovery plan for each grief story, and details a number of therapeutic processes that are easy to learn on your own such as: journaling, grief processing letters, mindfulness, and a memory box. Other processes can be explored with a wellness professional such as: Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), and self-hypnosis. Put an end to prolonged grief and rediscover hope for the future.
I believe in the importance of instilling hope, facilitating healing and optimizing the health of clients. I work collaboratively with clients to find the "best fit" in therapeutic treatment methods to address their concerns. I am a Registered Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists, and author of the book The Toolbox for Grief and Loss. I have Advanced Training in Supervision of Psychologists, with extensive training in treating trauma with EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing). I have specialized training in couple counselling through the Gottman Institute, and advanced training in Clinical Hypnosis.
Services I Offer
With You Every Step of the Way
Your well-being is my ultimate concern. Since 2000, I have provided patients in the Sherwood Park area a wide range of psychological and counseling services to suit their needs. Whether you’re an individual, a couple or a family looking for help - my therapy sessions are designed to strengthen your confidence, and assist you in the healing process. Take a look at the services I offer, and get in touch with me today.
Benefit from my professional experience and wide range of psychological services.
If you’re looking for quality Couples Therapy sessions with a certified Psychotherapist that cares, then you’ve come to the right place. I guide my patients every step of the way and implement various methods to help them develop new attitudes towards all of life’s most complex matters. Schedule an appointment today and see what I can do for you.
A Happier, Healthier You
In my therapy sessions, we’ll work to solve current problems and improve positive thinking and behavior. I will help you “re-frame” your reactions and provide you with valuable tools to cope with life’s obstacles. I’m confident you’ll find my personalized Individual Therapy beneficial and inspirational. Get in touch to book an appointment.
Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is a form of psychotherapy that was developed to resolve symptoms resulting from disturbing and unresolved life experiences. It uses a structured approach to address past, present, and future aspects of disturbing memories. The approach was developed by Francine Shapiro to resolve the development of trauma-related disorders as resulting from exposure to a traumatic or distressing event, such as sexual assault, trauma, or military combat.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
A Happier, Healthier You
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an empirically supported treatment that focuses on increasing positive activities through SMART goals, and by assisting people to become more aware of their "faulty thinking styles". For example, a person who is depressed may have the belief, "I’m worthless," and a person with a phobia may have the belief, "I am in danger." While the person in distress likely holds such beliefs with great conviction, with a therapist’s help, the individual is encouraged to monitor, and log their automatic thoughts in order to enable them to identify their thought patterns. These biases in thinking are gradually replaced with more realistic thoughts. As the person is able to use more realistic thoughts, they notice positive improvements in their mood, which typically would result in a reduction in symptoms of depression and anxiety. Clients who seek CBT can expect their therapist to be active, problem-focused, and goal-directed. Studies of CBT have demonstrated its usefulness for a wide variety of problems, including: mood disorders, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, eating disorders, substance abuse disorders, and psychotic disorders.
Here For You
Feeling a bit down lately and nothing seems to lift your spirits? It might be time to seek help from a licensed professional. My Family Therapy sessions help patients develop positive attitudes towards life’s most complex and challenging circumstances. Contact me today and let me help you find the best in yourself.
I love helping my patients develop the tools they need to cope with all of life’s challenges. Contact me today to learn more and book a session.
By appointment only.
11 Athabascan Ave #146, Sherwood Park, AB T8A 6H2, Canada