Catlin Landriault

Registered Clinical Counsellor

My own personal take on seeking counselling/support is to clear the erosion or residue that is built up over a lifetime of experiences that are traumatic, painful or hurtful. We all experience this during this life, no one makes a direct B line to it and we loose our connection to our source, whatever that might be. Counsellors are there to support you in your travels of life experiences, unpack the past and illuminate who you truly are. That which is a human – being pure love! Don’t we all want to live a fuller life?

I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a Diploma in Transpersonal Psychology. For you, this means that I have a competency based diploma using my own family system as the curriculum and that my practice is licensed, regulated and insured. This gives me an excellent insight into the human dilemma and strong understanding of my own internal struggle and healing process. Any of the processing I would offer my clients I have done myself with much reward. Combined with over 400 hours of practical training and 3 years of academic study with Clearmind International Institute, I feel I am highly qualified to support you in your own journey of self awareness; I fellow journey-woman so to speak who happens to have a strong set of tools to illuminate your struggle and guide you to a more fuller, present life.

It is essential that you have a good “fit” with your therapist. You need to feel safe with, and confident of, the style and approach of your service provider. Not every therapist will match your unique needs or style. If necessary I will gladly recommend another professional from my network of associates. This may include a psychiatrist, a psychologist and other registered clinical counsellors. In my work with clients I am influenced by my beliefs, education, training and experience.

I believe that people have the ability to make change and that change can occur in the form of behaviour, belief, or perception. Many individuals come to therapy when they feel stuck and unable to make changes on their own. As a therapist I can assist clients in their process of change. My education, training and experience provide me with the ability to assess and implement the interventions most appropriate in your unique situation.

I approach my work with clients using a variety of methods or an eclectic approach. Some of the methods used in my work include transpersonal (trans meaning beyond the personal, that we are much more than our story), cognitive-behavioral therapy, emotion focused therapy, family of origin theory, gestalt therapy, Jungian psycho-therapy solution focused therapy and Bowen family systems theory.

I am a 2012 graduate through Clearmind International Institute in Vancouver, BC Canada. My practicum was experienced mostly in group therapy, in person one on one and online internationally. I’m also excited to announce that I have just recently opened my own practice here in Nanaimo, BC Canada. I also offer Skype sessions online (facetime as well) in english only. With that said I have several associates that also do online counselling in different languages and come from varied cultural backgrounds. Here in loving support to suit your needs.

What is Transpersonal Psychology?

Transpersonal counselling is a term used in conjunction with a variety of counselling techniques or modalities that have developed out of the transpersonal psychology movement. Transpersonal psychology explores states of consciousness outside of the limits of our personal identity, or ego. There are three basic schools of psychological thought. In order to understand how transpersonal counselling differs from other forms of counselling, it is helpful to have an understanding of the three main disciplines of psychology:

  • Behaviourist psychology looks at human behaviour from a mechanistic perspective. By studying a person’s behaviour and the changes in behaviour that occur through outside influences, a behaviourist seeks symptomatic treatments for psychological disorders. Prescribing Prozac for the treatment of depression is an example of this.
  • Humanistic psychology arose as a reaction to the strict behaviourist model. Humanistic psychology sees human beings as more than just organisms or mechanisms. A humanistic counsellor works on the assumption that life has inherent meaning and value. While a humanistic psychologist or counsellor may or may not prescribe medication for symptomatic relief, they will delve more deeply and look for psychological causes of disorders.
  • Transpersonal psychology includes the spiritual dimensions of life in its attempts to understand and explore consciousness.

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What is a Transpersonal Counsellor?

A transpersonal counsellor takes a holistic approach, viewing life and life experiences as part of the larger process of spiritual development. To a transpersonal counsellor, whatever is happening to us now is viewed as a positive opportunity for growth. A transpersonal counsellor attempts to facilitate this growth process through a variety of means, depending on their training and the immediate needs of a client. Some of the techniques used by transpersonal counsellors include these:

  • Focusing is a technique in which the counsellor facilitates self-healing by showing the client how to focus on the “felt sense.” When we seek a counsellor, we already “sense” that something is wrong. By helping the client focus on the felt sense, the client tunes in to their body’s own wisdom and intelligence and uncovers and resolves an issue at its source.
  • Transpersonal art therapy goes beyond traditional art therapy to explore the unconscious and symbolic contents of the mind.
  • A shamanic counselling session draws on the wisdom of the shamans, the most ancient healers on earth. A shaman works with the spirit world and our subtle, non-physical energies to facilitate growth and healing.

These are just a few of the many techniques a transpersonal counsellor may employ. In essence transpersonal counselling is a genuinely holistic practice concerned with the body, the mind and the spirit. If this type of therapy resonates with you, it may be just what you need at this stage of your journey.

My Mission

I aim to support each person who comes for counselling to live a rich, full and meaningful life. I want to nurture and support the full expression of each person’s unique being in the world. I seek to hold the quality of every single client’s life as precious and recognize that through their relationships and actions each individual has a significant impact on our world. Using the medium of the counselling relationship, I aim to take part in creating a better, richer more wonderful world.

I aim to be immersed and actively involved in deepening my own understanding of human nature and what awakens the human spirit. I seek to effectively communicate this learning to others.

I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake.

Life is no “brief candle” to me. It is sort of a splendid torch which I have a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it over to future generations.

Canadian Professional Counsellors Association
Clearmind International Institute

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