Registered Clinical Counsellor
Masters of Arts Marriage & Family Therapy
British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors
The decision to move towards healthier relationships, increased clarity, and peace takes courage. At least it did for me. My own experience of trauma and healing, deeper connection to self and others, and increased peace and compassion has been profoundly impacted by therapy. This experience has given me a passion for research and understanding the process of change, not only for myself but also for others, leading me to become a therapist.
You might feel stuck in old patterns, in chaos with loved ones, or bogged down by powerful emotions and reactions that you just can not seem to shake. As your therapist I work to empower you to identify and live from your core values instead of in the chaos of coping. My hope and intention is to join with you and your goals for change.
We know from research that memory is not only stored in our brain but also in our bodies. For this reason, I intentionally integrate our mind’s awareness of events and our body memory, in order to truly resolve the deeper, more tender hurts in our lives. When working with children I integrate play therapy, attachment based principles and Gordon Neufeld’s developmental psychology framework. When seeing couples I utilize an Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) approach, and am always integrating Systemic Family Therapy techniques which are heavily influenced by Satir Transformational Therapy, Structural Family Therapy, John Bowlby’s attachment research and Dan Seigel’s work.
Additionally, sometimes we are stuck in old patterns because of difficult events we have experienced. When working with trauma I am trained to utilize Trauma Incident Reduction (TIR), in the process of healing the mind and the body.
Throughout my education and time as a therapist I have come to really know that change is always possible. Our capacity to grow and to heal exists as long as we have breath. For this reason I have taken on the name ‘Experience Change’ for my counselling practice.
Alisha is trained through the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Supervision Course and has experience in providing one-to-one and group supervision of Registered Clinical Counsellors and counselling intern students.
She works from an experiential, systemic framework, providing counsellors a safe place to process personal impacts, secondary trauma, case conceptualizations, and ethical issues.
If you are looking to add balance into your practice, strengthen specific counselling skills, or process an area that feels stuck book a consultation conversation with Alisha to determine if working with her will be a good fit in enhancing your experience and growth as a therapist.
Alisha is trained in Marriage and Family Therapy and is registered with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors. She has a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy with a focus on how change occurs in individuals, couples, and families throughout the lifespan. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology/Counselling which emphasized the developmental stages of healthy development. Prior to becoming a Therapist, Alisha worked as a Career Development Practitioner-Employment Counselor in the Vancouver area.
Alisha is dedicated to current research, ongoing training, and clinical supervision – enhancing her ability to facilitate growth and change.
- Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy Externship – VCFI
- Body-Centered, Relational Practices for Healing Trauma, Sharon Stanley – BCACC
- Trauma Incident Reduction Therapy (TIR)
- Healing Trauma Summit – Peter Levine, Gabor Mate, Mark Epstein, Linda Grahm.
- Working with Depression – SIP
- Transformational Systemic Therapy (Levels 1 & 2) – SIP
- Clinical Supervision – American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Course
- Connect Parent Group – Maples Adolescent Treatment Centre & SFU
- Making Sense of Kids, Level 1 – Neufeld Institute
- Making Sense of Anxiety – Neufeld Institute
- Making Sense of Aggression – Neufeld Institute
- Adolescence and Sexuality – Neufeld Institute
- Media Literacy & Youth Engagement
- When Love Hurts, Domestic Violence Basics
- Healing from Trauma – SIP
- Suicide Prevention & Treatment – BCACC
- Career Development Practitioner Certificate