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- Learn skills to manage troubling emotions
- Develop strategies to use during times of stress
- Learn how to heal and let go of past challenges
- Recognize the strengths and abilities that help you
Darlene Cripps MA CCC is a clinical counsellor who provides counselling to teens and adult individuals at her Vancouver office.
WHAT I OFFER:
My goals are to support people to heal old wounds, create meaningful and sustainable change, and move forward in their lives.
My Areas of Practice Include:
Emotional Regulation – including anxiety, depression, anger
Stress Reduction – including mind/body tools or guided visualization
Healing and Letting Go of the Past – including a difficult childhood or trauma and PTSD
Life and Relationship Transitions – including grief and loss
Personal Growth – enhancing quality of life, including improved self-esteem
Spiritual Exploration – including meditative practices
HOW I WORK:
You are unique and we work with your goals and explore practical ways to integrate sustainable change in the right-sized steps for you. I employ mind/body tools chosen specifically for you to provide personalized support.
Previous clients tell me their emotional wounds heal and long-standing problems resolve. They experience more joy and contentment and move forward with their lives.
I offer a free 30-minute consultation to explore working together. Please phone or email to learn how you can benefit.
Anxiety and Trauma Counselling – People who have experienced challenges often try not to think about what happened, yet it still affects them. People confide they feel out of control emotionally perhaps flooding with emotion or numb. They may feel guilt or perhaps ‘damaged.’ Sometimes recurring thoughts and images or physical pain bothers people. Anxiety and trauma can be debilitating and affect all areas of life.
People share with me that learning mind/body skills reduces or eliminates anxiety and trauma symptoms and improves life. People continue to use the skills and resources they learned after our work together ends. Recovery is possible.
Click below on Read more about Darlene Cripps to read more about body/mind counselling.
Please visit my website to learn more about Anxiety and Trauma Counselling.
Grief Counselling – Receive compassionate support to journey through the pain of loss and the process of mourning. The process of mourning can be challenging, lonely, and painful. Grief counselling helps the sharp pain of loss soften; the intense pangs of grief become less frequent. The person who died will never be forgotten, your heart will heal, and your life can and will move forward.
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I am a Certified Member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association and an authorized service provider for the BC Crime Victims Assistance Program. I hold an MA in Counselling Psychology and studied Bodynamics, a body/mind approach to human development, counselling, and trauma recovery, with Dr. Ian Macnaughton. I pursue continuing education and skills development especially in the areas of trauma recovery and body/mind approaches including mindfulness.
For further information, visit Darlene Cripps's website.
Body/Mind Approach – A body/mind approach in counselling is a type of purposeful focus that supports holistic recovery after challenging or traumatic experiences. It can reduce or eliminate anxiety and symptoms of traumatic stress and can enhance the effectiveness of traditional talk therapy. My role as a counsellor is to provide coaching and support you to learn how to use these skills to help yourself.
Here are some useful concepts. We use the word ‘feeling’ to describe sensation (tightness, pressure, heat, trembling.) We also use the word ‘feeling’ to describe emotion (sadness, anger, depression, anxiety). Sensation and emotion are related and are each experienced inside the body. There is usually a great deal of inner distress remaining after challenging events. You know this is true because you experience it for yourself. Words like 'anxiety' or 'depressed' are labels for inner experiences. People often try to ignore their inner distress because it is uncomfortable. However, what is ignored persists and people eventually come to feel burdened and may even suffer. Body/mind skills teach people how to let go of the inner distress and heal. This approach also teaches people how to pace the process so that they do not become overwhelmed. This is a key aspect. Releasing the burden, the residual inner distress, frees people from the pain of the past and brings positive change and healing. A body/mind approach teaches people how to navigate this process and provides them with resources they can use in all of life, not just during the counselling session.
What Does a Body/Mind Approach Look Like During a Counselling Session?
Just ‘telling the story’ of what happened in the past is usually not sufficient to bring about change. I will provide you with coaching to assist you to develop your natural capacity to notice your inner experience.
As you notice your inner experience, you give the sensation or emotion, the content of your inner experience, some ‘space’ inside to be experienced and express. We bring it forward on purpose, in a skilled and controlled manner, in order to release it and let it go. We work together to help you learn to notice your inner experience, those bothersome sensations and emotions, in a safe-enough way to be able to release them, at the pace or ‘dose’ that is right for you without becoming overwhelmed. This is the key. Becoming overwhelmed is not useful or restorative. When you share about your inner experience, you are no longer alone with it. In this paced and specific way, the troubling material is released, healing occurs, and problems subside.
Previous clients tell me that the process of undergoing anxiety and trauma counselling with me reduces their anxiety and also their symptoms of trauma and stress and changes life for the better. Clients share that they can use these skills and tools in every day life so the changes they make through counselling with me are sustainable in daily life.
Please visit my website to learn more about Beyond Talk Therapy – A Body/Mind Approach to Counselling
Trauma is neither a disease nor a disorder, but rather an injury caused by fright, helplessness and loss that can be healed by engaging our innate capacity to self-regulate high states of arousal and intense emotions.
~ Peter Levine, Founder of Somatic Experiencing