RISE ABOVE COUNSELLING SERVICES

Achieve Your Goals

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Is you potential hidden in the societal labels that have been placed on you? At Rise Above Counselling Services our approach is to unravel your core values and beliefs, that have shaped your self identity. Therapy is a process of guided self discovery. Our mission is to embrace your authenticity whilst embracing your uniqueness. Your problems are equally unique. Are your currently overwhelmed with sadness, resentment, pain, insecurity, anger, and or lack of purpose? Troubled feelings such as these can often lead to troubled reactions. We thrive for you to achieve and maximize your potential. Life's too short to be unhappy, unsure, or unfulfilled. We are here to help you achieve a more neutral outlook on life, and provide you with all the tools necessary to get you where you want to be! Let us help you learn and develop better ways to handle the challenges that are standing in the way of your goals.

 

GET TO KNOW ME

Michelle Ndlovu 

Credentials: 

RSW, MSW, BSW, SSW

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I am a licensed & registered therapist working in Calgary, Alberta. I am presently an independent contractor working within the realm of mental health services. Since the beginning of 2020, l have been amongst the many essential workers, working to raise the mental wellbeing  amongst the citizens of Alberta and Saskatchewan. I have gained varying life experiences working  both locally and internationally assisting individuals overcome varying life obstacles since 2014. I have directly worked for non governmental organizations (NGO's) funded by UNICEF working as an advocate against practises that include child marriage, child neglect and child labour. I have worked in front line services working to address poverty related issues and housing instabilities amongst other social issues. Presently, l had the honour of assisting front line essential works including the general public  with the obstacles brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. 


I have assisted individuals  through grief, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, intercultural communication barriers, substance abuse, work place related concerns and suicide ideation amongst many other concerns. Presently, l continue to provide Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to individuals struggling to return to work for varying reasons. I currently work alongside insurance providers ensuring the mental and physical capabilities of their policy members, through the assistance of therapy. 

Clinical approaches: 

Client Centred Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Afrocentric Narrative Therapy, Post Structuralist Theory

I continue to utilize a person centred approach emphasizing the importance of the therapist & client relationship, along with a cognitive behavioural approach to allow the client explore their thought patterns related to the challenging emotions and behaviours they occasionally experience. My counselling philosophy is based on an acknowledgment of the individual’s background and personal beliefs. Thus, l utilize a holistic approach in practice. My expertise allows clients, develop their own perspective of problem solving and empowers individual to make the changes needed in order to accomplish their goals. 

Through experience l have the knowledge of the effects individuals experience living each day with the uncertainty of what the future holds. I have founded Rise Above Counselling Services with the hope to ensure the mental stability of the citizens of Alberta during these trying times. My main objective is to support individuals rise above their societal 'labels' and circumstances which may appear to be working as a limitation at the present moment.

Presently offering virtual sessions. 


 

NOW ACCEPTING PATIENTS

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Mission Statement

The mission is to provide counselling services to  adolescents, adults, couples, and senior adults from diverse backgrounds and varying socio-economic contexts. I am privileged to walk alongside my clients as they navigate the uncertainties and challenges of life. In the midst of their present circumstances and challenges, l provide support to clients with care and compassion.  It is through my strong, relational connection that clients become empowered to move ahead in healthy and resilient ways.

VISION

As an experienced and well-rounded Registered Clinical Counsellor, l serve our greater community through counselling as our clients grow.

VALUES:

  • ENVIRONMENT

I provide a non judgmental and confidential environment in which clients can engage the uncertainty of life with curiosity, perspective and creativity.

  • MEANINGFUL CONNECTION

I ensure to create a safe space where clients are seen and heard.  I recognize the courage to engage in this connection.

  • HEALTHY WHOLENESS

I thrive to empower clients to achieve holistic health; emotional, physical, mental, spiritual, and relational through narrative therapy.

  • CHAMPIONING STRENGTHS

As one’s strengths, talents and hopes are uncovered and celebrated, clients are inspired and encouraged to live out change