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Marissa Whalley  MC

 

Registered Provisional Psychologist

587 844 0535

marissa@solastacounselling.ca

Areas of expertise:

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

•    Spiritual and Existential Concerns

Psychological Services Offered: 

•    Adolescent Therapy

•    Adult Therapy

•    Couple's Counselling

Therapeutic Modalities

•    Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

•    Client-centered therapy

•    Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

•    Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

•    Gottman Couples Method

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I know firsthand finding a therapist that feels like the right fit can seem like an overwhelming task. Not only is it vulnerable, but at times difficult to get a sense of who this person is or how they might be able to help. I will do my best to be transparent here about who I am and what therapy might be like with me. First and foremost, I show up to therapy not just as a therapist but more importantly as a human being. I will listen to you with genuine care and curiosity, do my best to ensure you feel heard and valued, provide encouragement, offer new perspective when needed, and even crack a joke or two with those who fancy it.

In addition to my areas of work I've listed above, I especially find fulfillment in working with traumatic experiences (religious/spiritual/relational), holistic health (recognizing the importance of not just our mind but also our physical and spiritual health in therapy), effective communication, anxiety, and emotion regulation.

While I believe in utilizing the training I’ve received to guide us, I also deeply value your input in our sessions. You are the expert on your life. With combined wisdom, I am hopeful we can make some of the emotionally heavy stuff feel a little less heavy. If this resonates with you, I'd be honoured to chat further. Don't hesitate to reach out!

 

I am a Registered Provisional Psychologist in good standing with the College of Alberta Psychologists. I hold 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. I have several years of experience working directly with teens, adults, and couples, especially in the areas of emotion regulation and communication. I have obtained a Level 2 DBT accreditation and Level 2 Gottman Couples Therapy accreditation.

 

In my free time, you may find me snuggling my 100-pound Golden Mountain dog named Bear, playing volleyball, skiing, singing off my 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 my partner.

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