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Her passion for children dates back to her choice of profession: twenty years ago she worked towards earning a Degree in Psychology from the University of British Columbia while also working full time as a Youth Worker for PLEA Community Services, mentoring young people in the foster care system.
She took her education a degree higher: She completed a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology through The University of Chicago between 2001 and 2004 while also starting her family.
Upon moving to Calgary in 2006, Tasha worked full-time as a counsellor for AADAC (Alberta Alcohol & Drug Abuse Centre) in adolescent drug and alcohol treatment, gaining a deeper understanding of addiction and how it affects the entire family. She reduced to part-time in order to care for her growing family: She worked as a Play Therapist at Discovery House Family Violence Prevention and later The Alex Youth Health Center to focus on supporting young people with Depression, Anxiety and Trauma issues.
In 2010 she started a small private practice while also working towards the highest level of certification available in Alberta: in 2014 she became a Registered Psychologist with the Alberta College of Psychologist and formed her practice Tasha Belix Pyschology Ltd. Tasha is also the founder and Director of B’tween Girls Programs. A therapeutic group offered to girls aged 8-15 who are Super Feelers and need help coping with the stresses of everyday life. B’tween Girls also has an 8-week program offered to school, designed for grades 4,5 & 6. For more information visit www.btweengirls.ca. In addition to all of this Tasha contributes to the mentoring program for girls called Fast and Female. A program where acclaimed female athletes help support young girls and encourage confidence and well being through sporting activities. Last but not least, Tasha is a co-author of a book called ‘What do you do with a feeling’ due to be published in November 2018.
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I started my career as a teacher and for 12 years I taught Grades 6-12 in Canada and overseas. I now provide counselling and consultation services within schools and private practice. I have a keen interest helping those struggling with relationships, transition/change, perfectionism, anxiety, depression and self-harm. My approach is creative, eclectic, and trauma-informed. I use a variety of evidence-based therapies, such as cognitive behavioural therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy, and EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing).
On a more personal note, when I’m not at work…you can find me walking with my husband, getting creative in the kitchen, enjoying a local music event or travelling to remote places. When I don’t think anyone is watching…you might find me blasting music and dancing for my dog;)
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Shelby brings a playful, creative energy to her work. As a teen, she trained as a classical singer and spent a lot of time in the theatre, so you could say she has a flair for the dramatic! While completing her undergraduate degree in psychology, Shelby taught dance and singing lessons and discovered her passion for helping young people find their voice. Her experience in working with young people through the expressive arts continues to influence her practice and Shelby has obtained further training in using the arts to facilitate healing from trauma, anxiety, and other challenges young people may face.
While completing her Master of Counselling Psychology, Shelby worked as a Child and Youth Care Counsellor in a treatment program for youth with complex behavioural and mental health challenges. She has since become a program Clinician and continues to work with young people, families, and systems to facilitate healing from trauma, mental health challenges, emotional dysregulation, and other high-risk behavioral concerns.
Shelby believes that authentic emotional expression and connection to others are essential for healing and well-being. In counselling and therapy, Shelby translates this belief into creating a genuine, therapeutic relationship with clients and their families. Using empathy, emotional awareness and expression, and open communication, Shelby aims to empower young people to move from a place of chaos and rigidity to one of integration, freedom, and joy.
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Joy really found her niche of working with teens and young adults when she noticed an increasing trend of young people entering treatment at the Addiction Centre where she started her career. Joy learned that the youth she worked with struggling with addictions and eating disorders were looking for better self-esteem and to find their voice.
Joy also enjoys teaching adults and families how to fully support their young person on their journey. Joy believes that a special connection and open communication between the counsellor and client are keys to successful therapy.
On Joy’s spare time she likes to be outside as much as she can. You can find her walking in the city parks, biking around the Glenmore reservoir, or in Canmore and Banff. In the winter, she often heads to the mountains to downhill/cross-country ski. She especially loves to travel, take cooking classes and wine tasting from the countries she has travelled to.
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Today you are YOU,Dr. Seuss
That is truer than true
There is NONE alive
That is YOUer than YOU!