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Marissa Whalley  MC

 

Registered Provisional Psychologist

587 844 0535

marissa@solastacounselling.ca

Areas of expertise in:

•    Anxiety and Depression
•    Borderline Personality Disorder
•    Self-Esteem and Confidence
•    Identity and Life Transitions
•    Assertiveness, People Pleasing, Boundaries, and Communication Skills
•    Couples Counselling
•    Emotion Regulation 
•    Perfectionism and Self-Compassion
•    Spiritual and Existential Concerns

 

Marissa is a Registered Provisional Psychologist in good standing with the College of Alberta Psychologists. She holds a Master of Counselling from City University of Seattle in Canada, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Mount Royal University, and a certificate of Integrative Health Coaching from Mount Royal University. She has several years of experience working directly with teens, adults, and couples, especially in the areas of emotion regulation and communication. She has obtained a Level 2 DBT accreditation and Level 2 Gottman Couples Therapy accreditation.

 

Marissa recognizes firsthand the immense courage it can take to enter or re-enter therapy. With this in mind, she strives to create an environment free of judgement, full of compassion, and full of authenticity to make you most comfortable. And of course, at times, include a dash of humour.

 

Although Marissa doesn't believe there is a “one-size-fits-all” approach to therapy, she will often use your personal values, strengths, and evidence-based interventions to guide you forward. More importantly, when using these evidence-based interventions, she aims to deliver them in a down-to-earth and digestible manner. Typically, Marissa enjoys drawing upon interventions from Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Gottman Couples Therapy when supporting individuals and couples.

 

In her free time, you may find her snuggling her 100-pound Golden Mountain dog named Bear, playing volleyball, skiing, singing off her Bluetooth karaoke microphone, aimlessly seeking a new spot in nature to explore, or pretending not to doze off on the couch while watching Netflix with her partner.

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