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Your Therapist’s Training

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I truly feel that therapist-client fit is more of an alchemy than about trainings, titles or labels. I’ve never had a client that I didn’t care sincerely about, and if someone calls in and I think what they are looking for might be different from what I offer, I’d let them know and refer on to someone who might be a better fit. Despite being flexible in terms of how I work with someone in order to best meet their needs, and I do draw from many pools of thinking, I still have a set of viewpoints like any other human. I think it’s important that you have the chance to get as much of a sense about my way of working and beliefs about healing as possible because this knowledge can help empower your clarity about what you might need and whether I’d be a good fit!

I like to remain open to learning about different experiences. At times this challenges me to brush up if an area if it feels like I could benefit from a tuning for me to be of good help. Working with so many different populations has always kept things interesting and keeps me on my toes. At times, I do Clinical Consultation if it feels like I could benefit from deepening in certain complexities from the clinical perspective, but I generally find that as long as the client is open to healing, all issues can be improved through a supportive, respectful relationship and direction around following inner guidance.

Not choosing one “presenting issue” to work primarily with is reflective of my understanding that people are not their problems. That being said, I do have areas that I have focused on – though I work with some men and some couples – 80% of my clients are women. Since beginning as a therapist in my practicum in 2010 in Reproductive Mental Health, and through the various organizations and centers that I have worked at since, I’ve spent countless hours working with young adults and middle-aged women in the areas of Mindfulness, Attachment, Boundaries, Break-ups, Self-love, Self-Compassion, Embodiment, Power, Purpose, Sexuality and Pleasure; receiving stories and tending to dreams.

To follow is my Academic training, further Psychotherapy training that I have attended online or in-person, and other areas of specialization that make me who I am as a therapist.

The Degrees:

Master of Counselling Psychology; Adler University, 2009-2011 Thesis: a Heuristic approach exploring Mindfulness titled “What is Changing as I Practice Formal Meditation?”

Bachelor of Arts: Professional Communications; Royal Roads University, 2005-2006

Associate of Art Degree: Psychology; Camosun College, 2003-2005

Psychotherapy Training:

– Dreamwork Demystified | Dr. Leslie Ellis; Vancouver, BC

– 2-year Focusing-oriented Therapist Certification | Dr. Leslie Ellis; Vancouver, BC

– Mindful Self-Compassion Core Skills Training | Kristin Neff & Chris Germer

–  Internal Family Systems (IFS) for Trauma, Anxiety, Depression, Addiction & More: An intensive online course | Dr. Rick Schwartz & Dr. Frank Anderson

Somatic Experiencing, Step by Step: Master the body-oriented approach to Trauma and Stress Disorders| Dr. Peter Levine; Online

–  Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for trauma| Dr. Janina Fisher; Online

– Art Therapy in Counselling | Adler School of Professional Psychology; Vancouver, BC

– Dreaming and Dream Interpretation in Counselling | Adler Center; Vancouver, BC

– Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT) | Dr. Sue Johnson, Ed.D; Online

– Women’s Depth Therapy Workshop | Ana Mozol; Adler University, Vancouver, BC

– Gestalt Therapy Workshop | Dr. Bea Mackay; Vancouver, BC

– Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Foundational Certificate | Behavioural Tech & Dr. Marsha Linehan; Online

– Mindfulness, Willingness and Radical Acceptance in Psychotherapy | Dr. Marsha Linehan, Seattle, WA

– Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) 2-day training | Mindsight Institute, Dr. Dan Siegel; Victoria, BC

– Adlerian Approach to Dreams Workshop | The Adler Center; Vancouver, BC

– Adlerian Approach to Art Therapy Workshop | The Adler Center; Vancouver, BC

Mindful Art Therapy Workshop | Dr. Duanita Eleniak, The Adler School; Vancouver, BC

– Mindful Eating Seminar | Skelly Publishing; Online

–  An Introduction to Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy |  (AEDP); Vancouver, BC

– Facilitated parenting group: “Discipline that Works” | Family Services of the North Shore; Vancouver, BC

Other Specialized Training or Experience

Doula Training | Wise Women Way of Birth; Victoria, BC

Holotropic Breathwork | Assisted Mentor Bruce Tobin at The Psychedelics and Psychotherapy Conferences 2015 & 2016; Victoria, BC

–  Courting the Dream | Tokopa; Online

– Circlework Certificate| Jalaja Bonheim; Light on the Hill, New York

Loving-Kindness Retreat & Work with plants | Spring Washam and facilitators; Tarapoto, Peru

– Vipassana 10-day Meditation Retreat | Merritt, BC

– Mindfulness Intensive 7-Day Meditation Retreat | Spirit Rock, CA

The Art of Asking Beautiful Questions | weekend with David Whyte, Victoria, BC

– 7 Windows to the Soul: Chakra Weekend Workshop | Anodea Judith; Vancouver, BC

– Young Adults Mindfulness Intensive 7-Day Meditation Retreat | Spirit Rock, CA

– Insight Yoga Intensive | Sarah Powers; Esalen in Big Sur, CA)

– Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy – Level 1 | Vancouver, BC

– Restorative Yoga Level 1 | Tianne Allan; Vancouver, BC

– 200-hr Yoga Teacher Training | Karma Yoga; Vancouver, BC

– Dreamwalking: A Course On Dreams | Tokopa; Online

– Non-Violent Communication Training | Raj Gill; Vancouver, BC

Feminine Treasures & The Tao of Love | Minke De VosVancouver, BC

– Dependent Origination Meditation Workshop Retreat | Christina Feldman; UBC, Vancouver, BC

– Archetypal Dreamwork Retreat | Hollyhock; Vancouver, BC

– Awakening The Heart | Thich Nhat Hanh; UBC, Vancouver, BC

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ANGELA CARUK

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“Circlework provided for me a space to reflect and feel connected to myself and other women. To be able to take that feeling—that space—with me day to day provided me with a sense of empowerment and reassurance to any challenges I may face.”

-NADIA, VANCOUVER, BC