Marcia is a Marriage and Family Therapist who has been in private practice for over 28 years. Her unique expertise, one that crosses and blends relational psychotherapy and nursing, brings a unique perspective and expansive range of interventions into the therapy setting. Her treatment approach is unique for every client, personalized for each individual’s style, nature of the problem, and comfort and pacing.

Marcia’s work has been described as practical, interactive, and solution-focused. Her treatment approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients resolve current problems and long-standing patterns in addressing physical, emotional and spiritual issues from a holistic perspective. She incorporates a blend of conventional and alternative approaches, drawing upon a variety of styles and techniques to incorporate what will be most helpful for each client. With sensitivity and compassion, she works with each client to help them build on their strengths to identify and achieve life goals.

As a graduate of Loma Linda University, and with over thirty years experience as a clinician, her areas of expertise are relationship counselling; treating children with FASD, ADHD, ODD; women’s issues; stress and anxiety management; recovery from depression; self esteem and assertiveness training; survivors of sexual/verbal/emotional trauma; recovery from addictions; and coping with grief and loss.

In her varied professional history, she has worked at a local employment centre and an opiate replacement therapy clinic. Additionally, Marcia has presented to college faculty and students and general audiences on topics ranging from stress and exam anxiety management to effective behavior modification techniques for children with behavioral and/or emotional disorders.

She provides tele-counselling and e-mail counselling, in addition to onsite counselling.

More About Marcia

“I have been married for 46 years, and have been blessed with five children. I am also proud Nana to eight beautiful grandchildren. My husband and I have adopted two children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, severe learning disabilities and significant developmental delays. I see them as amazingly courageous and I strongly believe that parenting them has helped to keep me humble while making me strong.”

Formal Education
Master of Science Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy
Bachelor of Science Degree in Behavioral Science
Registered Nurse Diploma

Informal Education
Forty-six years of marriage and forty-three years of being a parent!

Additional Training
True Colors
Reflexology Training
Aromatherapy Training
Student of Energy Therapy
Threat Assessment
FASD:  After the Diagnosis
Gottman Couples Therapy, Levels 1 & 2
Emotional Freedom Technique
Healing & Treating Trauma
The Brain That Changes Itself
OEI and Trauma Treatment

Certifications & Awards
True Colors Certification
Advanced First Aide Certification
“Who’s Who” American Student Award
Suicide Prevention
Risk Assessment
Certificate in Advanced Clinical Supervision in Psychology from University of Calgary

Professional Activities and Memberships
Alberta Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
BCACC; Registered Clinical Counsellor  # 1249