About

Erinn Bailey-Sawatzky

Theoretical Approach & Areas of Special Interest

I believe that therapy is a safe place for individuals to be heard and explore their own strengths in working towards positive changes in their lives. Everyone comes to therapy with their own unique perspectives, beliefs, and coping abilities which when combined with current research, allows me to draw upon approaches that best match each client's needs and goals for therapy.

I firmly believe that a natural and relaxed environment that I can provide at Country Counselling Services, enables my clients in overcoming barriers they may feel in regards to intimidation about the counselling process. While a majority of my practice is traditional office therapy in a relaxed country setting, some of my work includes equine partners for the duration of treatment, or as an adjunct experiential treatment opportunity for my own clients. I do also accept referrals from physicians or other therapists for their clients, to assist them through "stuck points" which happen often in the therapy office, and for Integrative Medicine for Mental Health consults and treatment as this is a specialty practice which I offer.

I frequently utilize mindfulness, somatic trauma therapy, biofeedback strategies, cognitive behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, equine assisted interventions, hypnosis,  and solution-focused therapy as preferred treatment modalities. I also have a passion for understanding mental health from a "whole person" perspective with mind and body as one and not separate. As a Certified Integrative Medicine Provider for Mental Health, my treatment plans will frequently include assessment and recommendations of nutrition, supplements, referrals to complimentary providers, and other integrative medicine treatments that are evidence-based in contributing to mental wellness. These protocols are specific to your situation and can be booked during your treatment if that is of interest to you.

When I not working out of my home facility with clients, you can find me providing mental health services for First Responder (Ambulance/Fire) organizations, and for Indigenous communities and private businesses that require psychological support for staff members, across Alberta. I have also participated in Crisis Response for mental health which has taken me from Alberta to Eastern Canada. In addition, I can be found speaking at conferences, providing training, and consulting on program planning for organizations throughout Alberta. Another one of my passions is utilizing psychological practices to enhance equestrian training and competition not only in my own arena with my own horses, but in arena's throughout Alberta. Additionally, I provide pain management therapy in my private practice and off site in a holistic pain assessment and management clinic.

I have a strong passion for continuing education and seek specialty training/post-masters training in a variety of areas to continually increase my skill set and increase benefits for my clients.

Experience

Registered Clinical Counsellor (13594)

Registered Therapeutic Counsellor (2555)

Registered Counselling Therapist, Psychotherapist (1203)

Certified Family Trauma Professional

Certified Integrative Medicine Provider for Mental Health

Areas of Practice: Anxiety, Depression, Trauma/PTSD & First Responder Treatment,  Relationship/Couples, Grief, Stress, Workplace issues, Life Transitions, Self-Esteem, Pain Assessment & Management, Crisis Response, Equine Assisted Therapy, Indigenous Health and Wellness, Finding meaning in life/personal growth, Insomnia, Psychological therapy for Equestrians, Testing & Assessment Services, Hypnosis, Integrative Medicine for Mental Health

Qualifications

Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology

with academic distinction, 2012-2015

Registered Counselling Therapist 

1203

Association of Counselling Therapists of Alberta

BC Association of Registered Clinical Counsellors

Bachelor of Human Resources and Labour Relations

2007

Registered Clinical Counsellor

13594

Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists of Canada

Registered Therapeutic Counsellor

2555

Certificate in Information Access & the Protection of Privacy

2012

Employee Assistance Program- Affiliate Provider

Homewood Health, Ceridian Lifeworks, Arete HR, ComPsyc

Direct Billing: Camrose Association for Community Living

Certificate in Animal Assisted Psychotherapy

2017

Certificate in Hypnosis Treatment for Trauma & PTSD

2018

Certificate in Nutritional & Integrative Medicine for Mental Health

2018

Certified Family Trauma Professional

2017-Current

Equine Facilitated Wellness Canada

Member

Certificate in Nurse Practitioner Post-graduate Training: MH Prevention, Promotion & Diagnosis

2018

Certificate in Nurse Practitioner Post-graduate Training: Advanced Concepts- Medications, Therapies, & Special Populations

2019

HeartMath Training & Certification for Health Professionals 

2019-Current

Post-Masters Specializations
  1. Grief & Loss

  2. Trauma & PTSD

  3. Psychological Testing & Assessment

  4. Mindfulness in Therapeutic Practice

  5. Managing Chronic Pain

  6. Supporting the Suicide Bereaved

  7. Persistent Complex Bereavement Disorder

  8. Suicide Risk/Self Harm

  9. CBT with GAD

  10. Web & Telephone Counselling

  11. Relationship Breakdown

  12. Supporting Clients through Life Transitions

  13. Gestalt Therapy

  14. Positive Psychology

  15. Depression

  16. Anxiety Disorders

  17. General Addiction

  18. Alcohol Addiction

  19. Wellbriety Medicine Wheel & 12 Step Program for Indigenous Men & Women

  20. Somatic Experiencing 

  21. Solution Focused Therapy

  22. Couples Counselling Models & Interventions 

  23. Treating Depression in Older Adults

  24. Eating Disorders

  25. Health Psychology/Behavioural Medicine

  26. Personality Disorders

  27. Gottman Couples Counselling (6 week program)

  28. Somatic Trauma Therapy (Dr. P. Levine)

  29. The Therapeutic Use of Medicinal Cannabis

  30. DSM-5 Differential Diagnosis

  31. Certificate in Nurse Practitioner Post Graduate Training in Mental Health Prevention, Promotion and Diagnosis

  32. Certificate in Hypnosis for Trauma & PTSD (Drs Kershaw & Wade)

  33. Certificate in Nutritional & Integrative Medicine for Mental Health (Dr. L. Korn)

  34. Certificate in Nurse Practitioner Post-Graduate Training in MH Advanced Concepts: Medications, Therapies, & Special Populations.

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