Areas of practice
- Abuse - Emotional, Physical, Sexual
- Anxiety and/or Panic
- Chronic Pain
- Critical Incidents and Acute Stress
- Death and Dying
- Grief and Loss - General
- Personal Growth
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Sexual Assault
- Trauma Counselling
- Body Centred Psychotherapy
- Body Centred Therapy
- Bodynamic Analysis
- Energy Psychotherapy
- Mindfulness approaches
- Somatic Experiencing
- Spiritual Counselling
Counselling practice website:www.darlenecripps.wordpress.com
I work with adult individuals who are struggling with emotional regulation and boundaries. Therapy with me helps people acquire skills and resources to be able to experience their emotions, feel more comfortable and peaceful inside their bodies, and safer interacting in the world. I support people to gain capacity to work with and discharge the unpleasant sensations within that accompany troubling emotions, and get comfortable living in their bodies today. I love working with somatic resources because my clients share with me that the changes they make stick! I offer a free 30-minute consultation to explore working together. Please phone or email to learn how you can benefit. Please click below on Read more about Darlene Cripps to learn more about anxiety and trauma counselling and grief and loss support.
You are unique and we work with your goals and explore practical ways to integrate sustainable change in the right-sized steps for you. A body/mind approach can enhance the effectiveness of traditional talk therapy. There is usually a great deal of inner distress remaining after challenging events. Words like 'anxiety' or 'sadness' are labels for inner experiences. We use the word ‘feeling’ to describe emotion (sadness, anger, anxiety). We also use the word ‘feeling’ to describe sensation (tightness, pressure, pain.) Sensation and emotion are each experienced inside the body. People often try to ignore inner distress because it is uncomfortable. However, with that strategy, what is ignored persists.
My role is to provide coaching and support you to develop your natural capacity to notice your inner experience, including bothersome sensations and emotions, in a safe-enough way to be able to release them at the pace that is right for you without becoming overwhelmed. We bring it forward, in a skilled and titrated manner, in order to release it and let it go. Becoming overwhelmed is not restorative. In this paced and specific way, the troubling material is released, healing occurs, and problems subside.
Previous clients tell me that the process changes life for the better. Clients share that they can use these skills and tools in everyday life and 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
I am a Certified Member (CCC) 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. I studied Bodynamics, a body/mind approach to human development, counselling, and trauma recovery; and continue my studies in mindfulness, trauma treatment, energy management, and spirituality.
Anxiety and Trauma Counselling – People who have experienced difficulties 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 bother people. Anxiety and trauma can be debilitating and affect all areas of life.
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 and remaking life. Though natural, the process of mourning can be challenging, lonely, and painful. Grief counselling helps the sharp pain of loss to soften; the intense pangs of grief become less frequent. Renew your self-identity, if yours has been shaken. Explore and search for meaning. The person who died will never be forgotten, your heart will heal, and your life can and will continue on as you re-adjust to life after loss.
Please visit my website to learn Three Things to Do During Bereavement.