RISE ABOVE COUNSELLING SERVICES
Achieve Your Goals
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. Our 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
RSW, MSW, BSW, SSW
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.
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 funded 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 therapy.
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LEARN MORE ABOUT MY VALUES
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.
As an experienced and well-rounded Registered Clinical Counsellor, l serve our greater community through counselling as our clients grow.
I provide a non judgmental and confidential environment in which clients can engage the uncertainty of life with curiosity, perspective and creativity.
I ensure to create a safe space where clients are seen and heard. I recognize the courage to engage in this connection.
I thrive to empower clients to achieve holistic health; emotional, physical, mental, spiritual, and relational through narrative therapy.
As one’s strengths, talents and hopes are uncovered and celebrated, clients are inspired and encouraged to live out change
I believe both the client and the counsellor are on a journey together as they constantly construct and reconstruct their meanings. I believe each person is an expert of him/herself. In sessions l build an open, safe and non-judgmental connection with clients where they are free to be themselves. It is through this connection that clients are able to be active agents of change enabling them to reach their potential socially, emotionally, intellectually, physically and spiritually. I collaboratively work with clients and choose a counselling approach that best fits the client and their situation. My main theoretical approaches and intensive trainings include: Family Systems, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Psychodynamic, and Narrative Therapy, Afrocentric Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness, and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. Given the diversity of my practise, I am able to specialize in helping individuals of varying ages i.e., preadolescence (10-12 years old), young adults, mid-life age and seniors. I have worked with individuals struggling with anxiety, anger, depression, type 1 diabetes, divorce, grief, stress, disabilities, strained friendships/relationships, eating disorders, self esteem, life transitions, trauma and the uncertainty of life i.e., COVID. When working with clients, l bring my passion for counselling and the belief that people can be active agents of change.
Our brains are hard wired to be in connection with others relationally. Being in relationship with our partner can bring out the best and worst in us due to this innate desire to be connected. Research has shown that people who are in healthy relationships have more enriched lives and live longer. Therefore it is important we spend time building a strong healthy relationship, developing emotional awareness and learning to repair tricky situations. In couples counselling l use Emotionally Focussed Therapy to help couples become aware of their emotional rhythms and relational dance, whilst drawing from past interactions. It is through strengthening the emotional connection and identifying transformational moments that couples are able to foster a loving relationship.
THE HELP CENTER
HOW CAN I BOOK A SESSION?
To schedule a session, please click on Book Now. A calendar will be provided to you to schedule a session. You may choose to either pay directly on the site or pay (in-person) i.e., Interac E-Transfer.
WHAT DO I NEED TO SUBMIT MY CLAIM TO MY INSURANCE?
All you need is a receipt, including my registration number to make a claim to your insurance. Services fall under psychotherapy.
DOES MY HEALTH SPENDING ACCOUNT COVER COUNSELLING?
This may differ with each company i.e., insurance & benefit packages. For most people the answer is YES! Our recommendation is that you inquire from your place of employment. Typically you can channel your money from your benefits accordingly towards your physical and mental health.
HOW MANY SESSIONS DO I REQUIRE?
This varies for each individual. My recommendation is that you book your first session, and a clinical recommendation will be provided to you upon your consultation.
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“Our life is what our thoughts make it”
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Working with Michelle was a great experience, she is an active and compassionate listener who helped me reflect on my thoughts/behaviors with honesty and kindness. Whilst working with her l was able to learn to implement boundaries, begin to challenge thoughts patterns and identify my emotions and feelings. Thanks for everything Michelle!