Colleen Spooner is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a Master’s of Arts in Counselling Psychology and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Human and Social Development and Child and Youth Care. She is also a Certified Child Life Specialist. To obtain this designation she wrote a certification exam in San Diego and completed an extended undergraduate practicum in a children's hospital, working with children in the oncology and haematology department promoting effective coping through play, preparation, education, and self-expression activities. She also promoted emotional support for families and encouraged optimum development of children facing challenging experiences in the healthcare system. Colleen has experience in a variety of settings such as residential and non-residential settings for the treatment of both mental health and addictions challenges, a youth correctional centre, hospitals, schools, daycares, in-home support, community inclusion programs, answering calls at a crisis line, and teaching special topics in addictions to second year counselling students.
Colleen works from a person and centred perspective. She has experience and incorporates theoretical orientations such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectal Behavioural Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, and Expressive therapies into her practice.
Colleen specializes in working with adults facing a variety of life challenges including anxiety, depression, trauma, or general life challenges to promote optimal wellness. She accepts clients funded by the Crime Victim Assistance Program. Colleen also works with an Employee and Family Assistant Program to provide brief solution-focused counselling.
Colleen is trained in EMDR.