Kirsti has over twenty years of experience in the counselling field. Kirsti began her career as a secondary physical education teacher, was a secondary school counsellor and school therapist for school divisions in Northern Alberta and Yellowknife. She has a Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology, is a Canadian Certified Counsellor through the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, and is a Certified Hakomi Therapist through the Hakomi Institute. Kirsti’s office is located at the Gaia Integrative Clinic in Yellowknife.
Kirsti’s areas of expertise include assisting adults and adolescents with issues related to depression, anxiety, anger management, parent/teen relationships, adolescent behavior, understanding substance use/abuse, grief, loss, understanding emotional responses, individual and family issues, and educational consulting.
“The single most important aspect of the counselling process is the development of a safe and respectful working relationship between therapist and client. It takes a lot of courage for people to walk through the counselling door so it’s vital that when the client leaves the first session, they know they have been heard and understood, and feel positive about our ability to work together.”