The decision to move towards healthier relationships, increased clarity, and peace takes courage. At least it did for me. My own experience of trauma and healing, deeper connection to self and others, and increased peace and compassion has been profoundly impacted by therapy. This experience has given me a passion for research and understanding the process of change, not only for myself but also for others, leading me to become a therapist.
You might feel stuck in old patterns, in chaos with loved ones, or bogged down by powerful emotions and reactions that you just can not seem to shake. As your therapist I work to empower you to identify and live from your core values instead of in the chaos of coping. My hope and intention is to join with you and your goals for change.
We know from research that memory is not only stored in our brain but also in our bodies. For this reason, I intentionally integrate our mind’s awareness of events and our body memory, in order to truly resolve the deeper, more tender hurts in our lives. When working with children I integrate play therapy, attachment based principles and Gordon Neufeld’s developmental psychology framework. When seeing couples’, I utilize an Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) approach, and am always integrating Systemic Family Therapy techniques which are heavily influenced by Satir Transformational Therapy, Structural Family Therapy, John Bowlby’s attachment research and Dan Seigel’s work. Additionally, sometimes we are stuck in old patterns because of difficult events we have experienced. When working with trauma I am trained to utilize Trauma Incident Reduction (TIR), in the process healing the mind and the body.
Throughout my education and time as a therapist I have come to really know that change is always possible. Our capacity to grow and to heal exists as long as we have breath. For this reason I have taken on the name ‘Experience Change Counselling’ (a more full bio and articles can be seen on my website at www.experiencechange.ca ) .
Individual woman, young adults, youth, families, and couples
Alisha is trained by the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) in Clinical Supervision. She sees current Therapists and Intern Therapists, utilizing a Systemic Family Therapy framework (attachment, Satir, EFT, Structural Therapy) with a special emphasis on the ‘Person of the Therapist’ (POTT).
Education & Training
Alisha is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC). She earned her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and an undergraduate degree in Developmental Psychology. Additionally, Alisha has been trained in working with trauma (including Trauma Incident Reduction Therapy (TIR)), suicide ideation, couples, families, children and clinical supervision of therapists. For a full list of education, work history, professional development and workshops please visit her website at ExperiencingChange.ca.
You can reach Alisha firstname.lastname@example.org