I am a 4th generation settler with Scottish & English ancestry & am an aspiring anti-racist practitioner. I am also an approved therapist with NIHB for anyone who holds Treaty status.
I am LGBTQIA2S safe, kink-aware & trauma-informed practitioner in Treaty 6 (Saskatoon) but licensed to work with anyone in Saskatchewan.
I have experience assisting folks to navigate conflict, relationship & intimacy satisfaction & 15 years of experience working with all types of mental health concerns & substance use disorders.
I also have personal & professional experience working with the Fire & Police Services & varied healthcare personnel & particularly enjoy working with this population from both a trauma-informed perspective but also to maximize career performance.
BA, BSW, MSW, RSW (#2650)
Education & Training
Identifying that we need help is difficult to accept. There are a number of barriers that stop us from moving forward through formal counselling - shame, ego, fear of change, fear of sharing our stories, as well as the fear of being judged by others. I hope to offer a safe space to bring those barriers forward & explore them together.
I describe my therapeutic model as feedback-oriented & 'solution-focused'. My clinical training has involved Motivational Interviewing, Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT) & Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
This means that together we will identify your automatic thoughts & emotions that lead to unwanted feelings & behaviours which interfere with your life. Through this process, we will learn how to shift those thoughts to healthier, more self-compassionate thoughts & behaviours.
If you are open to it, I would be glad to provide homework, resources, or strategies to help keep you accountable until the next time we meet & for the rest of your life.
TESTIMONIALS | SCHEDULE AND BOOKINGS
"Christina is a fantastic listener and extremely easy to talk to. Despite speaking with her for only a few short months I feel like I am truly able to honestly approach my anxieties with her, and have her offer me a kind ear and sage advice. I can't recommend Christina enough!"
Anti-Racism on the Prairies: A workbook for settlers [publication in progress].
Hunter, P.V., Wickson-Griffiths, A.W., Tupper, S., Sussman, T., Anderson, C., Kaasalainen, S., Compton, R., Venturato, L., Thompson, G., McCleary, L., Remenda, A., Ripley, V., & Danylyshen-Laycock, T. (2019). Using video-assisted patient education to support discussions about palliative care in long-term care.
Saskatchewan Association of Social Workers [SASW]: Guest Editor February Newsletter: What Isolation Taught me About Self-Care.
Safe Community Action Alliance [SCAA]: Crystal Meth Working Group: A Response to Crystal Meth for a Safe Saskatoon.
Saskatchewan Association of Social Workers [SASW]: Guest Editor November Newsletter: Trauma-Informed and Equitable Healthcare.
University of Regina, Faculty of Social Work MSW Final Report: Health Equity, Cultural Safety & Building a Trauma-Informed Healthcare System.
Saskatchewan Health Authority: Indigenous Experiences of Cultural Safety & Un-Safety in the Saskatoon Health Region.
University of Regina: Exposure to traumatic events and the negative effects on mental health for the Saskatoon Fire Department.