Dianne Birt, MEd. (Counselling), CCC
Canadian Certified Counsellor
My counselling practice started as a part-time business in 2008 while working as a Career Counsellor for a local company. In 2014 I began focusing exclusively on my private practice. I’m passionate about the counselling profession, and about holistic health and wellness, particularly as it relates to mental health. My educational background includes a Master of Education in Counselling from the University of New Brunswick, a Bachelor of Science in Health Education from Dalhousie University as well as a Diploma in Public Administration from the University of Prince Edward Island. Prior to counselling, I worked in health education and promotion for a local not-for-profit organization, and previous to that I managed a school-age child care centre in Vancouver, British Columbia. In addition to my academic education, I regularly pursue professional development training to enhance my knowledge and skills so I can continue providing high quality, professional counselling services to my clients. Some of my recent continuing education credits include conflict resolution, Trauma Training Seminars, Emotion-Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Narrative Therapy, Addictions and Mental Illness, The Biology of Loss, and to be completed in May 2017 - Yoga Teacher Training and Trauma Sensitive Yoga.
I take a holistic approach to my practice which emphasizes self-care and coping skills, and promotes the development and maintenance of healthier ways of being. My combined education and experience in health education and counselling provides me with a comprehensive background for working with clients from a holistic health and wellness philosophy. Current trends in mental health and wellness recognize the importance of the mind-body connection, which supports the holistic approach I use to help people reduce their symptoms and feel better. By holistic, I mean addressing all aspects of an individual’s life such as overall health, lifestyle, work, family and interpersonal relationships. In this way, I work with the whole person, realizing we are affected not only by our physical health, but also by our environments, relationships, and responses to stress. I help clients address their counselling issues and symptoms, as well as improve health, lifestyle, and coping skills so they are better able to manage life’s challenges.
Some of the orientations I use in my counselling approach include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution-focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Existential and other humanistic approaches, psycho-education and mindfulness practices. Whether it’s individual counselling, couple’s counselling, therapy for a child or a wellness workshop for the office, I look forward to helping you create healthier ways of being.
Information about rates and insurance can be found here. Please contact me for further information on any of my services at 902-394-5826. There is a confidential voicemail if I am with a client and unable to answer. You can also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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