Areas of practice
- Addictions - Including Substances
- Adolescent Issues
- Anxiety and/or Panic
- Attention Deficit Disorder - ADHD
- Life Transitions
- Teen Adjustment Issues
- ADD and ADHD Coping Strategies
- Adolescent Therapy
- Body Centred Therapy
- Brief Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
- Group Therapy
- Mindfulness approaches
- Play Therapy
- Spiritual Counselling
Counselling practice website:https://rvnwellness.com/index.php/counselling/
Dawn Slykhuis brings 15+ years experience as a social worker specializing in mental health and substance use, including working as an instructor at the post secondary level and 10+ years of clinical supervision to a range of helping professionals.
Dawn’s professional designation as a registered social worker and training at the Masters level means sessions may be eligible for coverage through traditional extended health plans; but her grounding in the eight limbs of yoga is what makes her approach to counselling unique.
Dawn has specialized training in:
- child and youth mental health including depression, anxiety, ADHD, and substance use
- adult mental health including depression, anxiety, ADHD, and substance use
- integration counselling following a spiritual awakening, including debriefing following plant medicine ceremonies
- consultation on community resources and referrals to other helping professionals
- clinical supervision for registered social workers focusing on practical interventions while cultivating self compassion
It should be noted that this is not a traditional counselling setting. There is no couch, no clipboard, no business casual clothing. We will meet in a yoga studio using yoga props and mats to sit.
What I find most effective in counselling is working drawing from my training and practice as a yoga instructor. In addition to talk therapy, we may integrate pranayama (breathwork) or somatic movement based therapy to recognize and connect with our body’s natural cues and learn to identify and manage our natural to return to balance. And because sometimes life’s problems look a bit different while in downward dog or a headstand.
If yoga isn’t your jam, that’s ok too. We may incorporate other types of movement including walking in nature or gentle stretching.
Regardless of what treatment modality we explore, I do approach my practice (and life!) from a feminist and trauma informed lens.
Research has shown the most important indicator in success in counselling is the relationship between the therapist and client. In our initial intake appointment my primary objective is to establish rapport and ensure there is a connection that can be built upon to dive into the therapeutic work. In short, if you aren’t feeling it, let me know and I can help you find another counsellor with no hard feelings.
- 200 hour yoga teacher training 300 hour advanced yoga teacher training (in progress)
Client fee individuals:140