Michael Williams

M.A., Registered Psychologist

MICHAEL WILLIAMS

M.A., Registered Psychologist

Michael is a Registered Psychologist and a member of the Psychologists Association of Alberta with 8 years of clinical practice experience in providing counselling psychotherapy. He is competent in using a variety of therapeutic models and methods within an integrative therapeutic framework to accommodate the particular concerns you may bring to therapy. Michael has expertise in working with a broad spectrum of client ages and ethnicities including individuals, couples, and youth.

Michael says:

The feedback I often hear from clients I work with is that I am really grounded, knowledgeable, and comfortable to talk to’. I will provide a safe and supportive space that is free of judgment in order to help you explore concerns that matter to you.

Sometimes people arrive at counselling not knowing what they are looking for. I will bring my expertise to provide an assessment and develop interventions to provide you with the skills and confidence to help you make meaningful changes in your life.

I would describe my therapeutic approach as strength-based, trauma-informed and attachment oriented. I tend to focus on relationships and developmental experiences to ground my work. Life stresses can produce useful temporary coping strategies that can become habitual patterns such as emotional numbing, avoiding conflict, outburst of anger, or otherwise protecting against “bad things” from happening again. Although these reactions served some usefulness at one time they can remain persistent as symptoms of anxiety, depression, anger, avoidance etc. I address the roots of these symptoms in order to facilitate robust and lasting positive change.

CLINICAL EXPERTISE

  • Relationship Concerns
  • Couples Issues
  • Family Conflict
  • Stress Management
  • Self-Esteem
  • Recovery from Trauma / Abuse / Neglect
  • Mood Disorders (depression, anxiety)
  • Emotional Deregulation
  • Grief and Loss
  • Guilt and Shame
  • Anger Management
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Life Transitions
  • Sexuality
  • Coping with Chronic Pain
  • Attachment Related Concerns
  • Communication Skill Development
  • Youth Behaviour Problems

SPECIALIZED TRAINING

  • Emotion Focused Couples Therapy
  • Mindfulness-Centered Somatic Psychotherapy
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • EMDR

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