About

 

I completed my Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology at the University of Alberta in 2007, and have also completed additional training in Play Therapy with the Canadian Association for Child and Play Therapy (CACPT), The Play Therapy Institute of Colorado (PTIC) and with the Canadian Association for Sandplay Therapy (CAST). I have also completed additional training in Child-Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT), Theraplay, Eye Movement and Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy, and am a Certified Synergetic Play Therapist.

In addition to my clinical work, I also provide supervision to many mental health professionals. I am a Certified/Registered Play Therapy Supervisor in Canada, in the United States and Internationally. I specialize in Play Therapy with preschool and school-aged children, Family Therapy, Individual Therapy with adolescents and adults.

I practice using a cutting edge model of therapy designed to re-pattern the nervous system and the disorganization in the lower brain centers, areas that are often un-addressed in many current therapy models. It is the first therapy approach to blend together neuro-science, brain development, affect attunement, physics, emotional congruence and nervous system regulation, which helps get to the heart of the healing process for clients.

I consider myself a depth psychologist. Meaning, I work collaboratively with my clients to address the deeper reasons for their concerns. Typically, people enter therapy presenting with “symptoms.” These “symptoms” usually have a deeper rooted cause, which is what I focus on addressing in the therapy to help establish long-term change for my clients.

When working with children,  I meet with the caregiver(s) first prior to beginning my therapeutic work with the children. Additionally, throughout the therapy I encourage the caregivers to remain involved, as I see them as an integral part of the therapeutic process. I facilitate regular “parent/caregiver” sessions through out the therapy and even, at times, have the caregiver(s) involved directly in the therapy sessions with the child, depending on the needs of the child and the family. Overall, this helps to establish a positive change in the family system as well as in the parent-child relationship.

Specializations

  • Play Therapy
  • Sandplay Therapy
  • Art Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Attachment Parenting
  • Attachment-based Therapy (Theraplay)
  • Parent-Child Relationship Therapy (CPRT; Filial Play Therapy)
  • Foster/Adoptive Families
  • Parent-Teen Conflict
  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) 
  • Trauma; PTSD
  • Domestic Violence
  • Abuse
  • Divorce/Separation
  • Grief and Loss
  • Anxiety/Depression
  • ADHD
  • Behavioural Concerns/Anger
  • Identity Issues/Self-esteem

 

Aspen Gowers
E-mail: aspenpsychology@gmail.com