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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 sincerely care 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 see if I can refer on to someone who might be a better fit.

I believe in being flexible in terms of how I work with someone as I think that it’s part of my job to attune to each unique individuals’ sets of needs. Some people need a place to just talk it out. Others want a more directive approach and are looking to acquire coping skills or learn new ways of relating.

That said, I do draw most strongly from certain pools of thinking and I do 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 and growth as you can because this knowledge can help empower your clarity around whether I’d be a fit for what you need right now.

I work with a variety of presenting issues. Working with so many different populations and concerns has always kept things interesting for me.

People are not their problems. That being said, I do have areas that I have focused in on. Though I work with some men and some with 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 hundreds 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: Fate, The Destiny Line, Ritual & Shamanism | Ana Mozol; Online

– Rekindling Desire | Esther Perel; Online

– How to Work with the Part of Trauma That Your Client Can’t Verbalize | Dr. Peter Levine; Online

Dreamwork For Yourself | Dr. Leslie Ellis; Online

Dreams Demystified Online Course | 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 | 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