Ria strives to create a therapeutic relationship characterized by authenticity, kindness, and safety. She believes that healing can happen when we embrace and empathize with our most authentic self and make choices that align with it. She brings in humour, understanding, and the ability to meet you where you are at in your therapeutic journey to ensure that you and your needs are at the forefront of counselling.
Her areas of focus include complex trauma, intergenerational trauma, PTSD, anxiety, depression, and grief and loss. Ria believes that therapy should be a safe environment where individuals from diverse backgrounds and experiences are celebrated, which makes being culturally sensitive and an LGBTQ2S+ ally her priority. Her therapeutic approach draws from Internal Family Systems, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), Dialectic Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Polyvagal Theory, psychodynamic therapy, and attachment-based therapy. All of these theories combined create long term healing for clients where they can live life to the fullest.
Ria understands that therapy can be difficult that is why she encourages clients to remember that therapy is simply a conversation between two human beings where your goals and safety are the priority. In order to ensure that the relationship between the client and therapist ‘clicks’, Ria offers a free 20-minute consultation.
Ria is excited to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds, ages, and presenting issues.
Ria works in the following areas:
- Family of origin difficulties
- Relationship difficulties
- Self Esteem
- Grief & Loss
- Coping Skills
- Family Conflict
- Emotional Difficulties
Ria is Registered Provisional Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists. She is able to provide receipts that can be claimed through one’s employee benefits plan.