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A FEW THINGS ABOUT US & OUR PRACTICE

 

As professionals in health and wellness we are committed to upholding our values, codes of ethics and standards of practice in our work with others. We continually strive to be aware and mindful of how the counselling profession has not historically been safe, affirming or accepting of diverse identities, and in many ways continues to cause harm today.

Our personal identities and privileges have meaning and impact and are recognized as such in our work with clients. We work to dismantle and push back against the innate power differential between client and therapist, as well as make our space as safe as possible--acknowledging that no space may be completely safe. 

 

We are gender and sexuality affirming, as well as kink and poly friendly. To us, that means:

 

​We won't

  • assume your gender, sexuality, kink, or relationship style, nor will we assume the issue you are seeking help with is related to or caused by said gender, sexuality, kink, or relationship style

  • try to "cure" you of any gender identity, sexuality, kink, or poly identity

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We will

  • be aware that any distress you have about your gender, sexuality, kink, or poly identity may be a normal part of internalized cultural/societal bias rather than evidence of a disorder 

  • be sensitive to whether and how your gender, sexuality, kink or poly identities affects your relationships

  • remain aware of our own issues and how they may enter therapy

  • consult with colleagues who are knowledgeable and/or suggest referral options if you bring in issues that are outside of our knowledge base or boundaries of competence

We are politically aligned with social justice work and actively participate in our community's social justice focused initiatives and events. We believe strongly in fighting inequity, and while we cannot participate with every group experiencing inequity and discrimination--we are dedicated to do what we can, using our positions of power and privilege to centre marginalized voices and do some of the labor of creating an equitable and inclusive community.

 

Part of how we do this is around awareness of economic inequity. Lack of insurance and financial means limits or prohibits access to mental health support and care. As such, we offer sliding scale fee options where possible to members of the 2SLGBTQA+ community. We also supervise counselling interns in our practice (with preference given to queer and racialized students), who are able to see clients at very low cost. We are also providers with funding options for those eligible. 

We are fat positive, and do not align ourselves with the dominant weight paradigm or diet culture. We work to continually educate ourselves about the insidious nature of fatphobia and support both ourselves and others in doing the same.  We also recognize the overwhelming degree to which ableism is present in our society and plays a role in health and wellness. We are transparent about disability as it applies to us with both physical and mental health and insist our practice be accessible to all bodies. 

 

We welcome feedback about any of the above statements, as we are continually growing and changing.
 

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AMY MARCO (she/her)
Registered Psychologist
Areas of Practice: 
  • Trauma (childhood or adulthood) and attachment, including experiences named as dissociative disorders/dissociative identity disorder (multiple personalities)
  • Psychological injury resulting from transphobia, homophobia, racism, ableism, sexism, fatphobia, capitalism, and related systemic oppression
  • Exploration and clarity around gender identity, sexual orientation, alternative sexual practices and lifestyles (such as ethical non-monogamy and kink)
  • Interpersonal violence and abuse
  • Internalized weight stigma and fatphobia
  • Religious trauma
  • Mental health concerns of all kinds
 

Hello and welcome! Thank you for taking the time to read about me and what I may be able to offer you. I am a queer lesbian, a cisgender woman, and a White settler on Indigenous land. I pass as able-bodied (however I am disabled by chronic pain) and am a larger bodied human. I am neurotypical, upper middle class, and both a biological and step parent. I have experience in both monogamous and polyamorous relationships, as well as with kink and alternative sexual experiences.

 

I began my career in nursing in 2005, and moved toward psychology and counselling as my growth and development as a human being progressed. I spent many years working in agencies, clinics, post-secondary institutions and health care settings--and eventually moved away from these systems as a result of burnout and psychological injury.  I now work with some connection to these systems, and actively pursue opportunities to challenge systemic injustice. One of the ways I do this is by offering sliding scale or pro bono services to members of the queer community. Additionally, I give preference 2LGBTQA+ students and students of colour who are seeking supervision.

I work from a feminist philosophical foundation and view suffering as often resulting from systemic and structurally based discrimination and oppression. My training includes EMDR, Internal Family Systems, DBT, affirming counselling practice, cognitive behavioural therapy, body focused therapies, and attachment focused therapies. I also draw on additional approaches to offer a flexible and creative therapeutic experience. I offer compassion and collaboration to clients, to meet your goals and achieve healing. My belief is that we find healing in connection with others and in connection with different parts of ourselves. 

In addition to counselling services I offer presentations and workshops on topics related to my areas of practice, as well as clinical supervision and consultation services. 


I currently offer daytime appointments Tuesday-Friday. I am a provider with NIHB, WCB, and the Lethbridge CMHA City subsidy program. I am a member of the Trans Affirming Network.

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SERENA VISSER (she/her)
Registered Clinical Social Worker

Areas of Practice: 

  • Navigating journeys of gender and sexuality

  • Trauma (childhood and adult)

  • Depression, anxiety and stress

  • Relationship challenges

  • Religious trauma

  • Life transitions

  • Death and dying

I have been working in community based and post-secondary counselling settings since 2006.​ My location and identities frequently afford me visible and hidden privilege as a white settler, cis, queer, currently able-bodied, conditionally middle class, woman, and parenting human. 

 

I would describe my practice as collaborative, person-centred, relational in focus, trauma and structurally informed, and kink and poly friendly. In our work together I aim to nurture authentic and compassionate space, where we can bring honesty, transparency, creativity, and even humour to the counselling and justice-doing process. When relevant or requested we can also draw various therapeutic processes, including EMDR, affirming therapies, mindfulness and self compassion, creative therapies, Internal Family Systems, body focused therapies, DBT, CBT, and other therapeutic modalities.

 

I am passionate about continued learning and growth - as a human in relationship, and as a professional. On the human in relationship front, my family - both biological and chosen - invites and supports learning everyday. In terms of professional growth,  I am currently undertaking doctoral studies exploring how power moves through the institutional norms practices trans and gender diverse clients face in the mental health system. I also hold an assistant professor (teaching) appointment in social work.

Please note I am not accepting new referrals at this time.

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