Psychology (Janel Daugela)
For seven years I was a counsellor for children, adolescents, and families who had experienced trauma. Trauma and attachment have been a significant part of my career development. Since that time, I have been working in private practice and have experience working with a variety of mental health concerns.
My therapeutic approach stems from a client-centered, humanistic perspective. Every person has the capacity to create positive change and heal from painful experiences. When circumstances become overwhelming, it becomes increasingly difficult to heal without support. Feelings of sadness, anger, grief, anxiety, and fear are all normal reactions to abnormal circumstances. Human beings are biologically programmed to seek connection and support in times struggle, we are not designed to prosper in isolation. As therapist I am able to provide support along with specialized knowledge and interventions to facilitate change and promote health. I strive to collaborate with clients in creating a treatment plan that fits best with their personal goals and worldview. All of my clients come to therapy with a unique set of beliefs and experiences. I believe it is important as a therapist to recognize and respect what the client brings to therapy by offering a flexible approach to healing. In my work with clients I use an integrative approach that allows me to tailor treatment to meet the unique health needs of the individual or family I have the privilege to work with.
Adolescence is a time when a lot of preventative work can be done to help build emotionally healthy and resilient adults. Early intervention with mental health concerns can have a significant impact on quality of life. I hope to promote mental health within this age group as they are in a vulnerable position going through a period of rapid and significant change. On a larger scale I believe that if we hope to promote healthier communities we need to work towards reducing the stigma against mental health struggles.
EMDR is an integrative approach to psychotherapy that is quite different from more traditional psychotherapy models. Changes to maladaptive thinking and beliefs about our experiences and ourselves are created internally (by the client) as opposed to externally (by the therapist). This evidence-based approach was initially developed for treatment of PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) and has been very effective. More recently, EMDR, has also been shown to be helpful for:
• Depression and Other Mood Disorders
• Generalized Anxiety Disorders, Panic Attacks, Phobias
• Grief, Traumatic Bereavement
• Abuse and Neglect – Emotional, Physical, Sexual
• Accidents, Medical Treatments, Natural Disasters
• Addictions, Dissociative Disorders
• Somatic Problems – chronic pain, phantom limb pain, gastrointestinal,
migraines, eating disorders, body image
• Vicarious Trauma
• Performance Enhancement (work, art, sports)
Individuals who are exposed to trauma regularly including first responders, trauma counselors, veterans, etc. could benefit greatly from this approach to therapy as it tends to heal more efficiently than traditional talk therapy allowing them to continue to do the work they have a passion for while also preventing burnout.
This approach is beneficial for all populations from children to seniors, across genders, and cultures.