Hello! My name is Erica Houde and I am an Associate Psychologist at Brunswick Creek Psychology Services. I have worked with Dr. Conor Barker (Clinical Director) within and outside of his practice for several years, but I have had a desire to work with people for as long as I can remember. Take a scroll through my childhood keepsakes and you’ll find a note from grade six that reads: “When I grow up I want to be a ….psycologist”. Though I’ve had my eye on this profession for years, my ideas about what it means to be a psychologist and a helping professional in general, have evolved over time.
At present, my work is a combination of assessment and counselling. When it comes to assessment, my goal is to understand a person’s history, obtain a profile of an individual’s unique strengths and weaknesses, and provide recommendations that may benefit a person in their academic studies, in their occupational work, and in their social functioning. Moreover, it is incredibly rewarding to be able to help an individual achieve a new level of self-understanding, and to witness a person’s relief as long-unanswered questions are finally recognized and understood.
In my work as a counsellor, I truly believe in the power of creating a soft place to land. I tend to take a client-centered approach, and I want you to feel as though you are in an environment, and with a person, that you are physically and emotionally safe with. I believe in “walking beside” my clients, rather than leading or directing them; I believe in offering information, and teaching tools that clients can choose to accept and practice when they feel ready. Ultimately, I want to offer my clients a service that helps them move towards a healthier, fuller life.
I promise am not always as serious as I sound; I love to have a laugh and make people feel at home. Hope to see you soon!
I’m a new resident to Leader, Saskatchewan and excited to share that I am providing counselling, psychotherapy and assessment services to residents aged 16+, as a licensed Provisional Psychologist. I work as part of Brunswick Creek Psychology Services and support clients in-person and over video therapy.
Being born and raised in Toronto, I have gained a considerable amount of experience working with a diverse range of individuals, as well as supporting clients through a broad spectrum of presenting concerns. My previous work comprises of assisting individuals who have struggled with homelessness, mood disorders, personality disorders, stress, various types of trauma, gender-based violence, sexual abuse, suicide, self-harm and more.
As a mental health advocate, I am driven to share my knowledge and care to the people of Saskatchewan through offering an empathic safe space. I use a blend of therapeutic modalities including – but not limited to – Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Narrative Therapy, Somatic Psychotherapy, Feminist Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) and mindfulness.
I look forward to working together in efforts to end stigma in accessing mental health services, as well as encourage patients/clients towards a lifestyle of inner peace and healing.
Christianna Zolis, M.Ed., R. Psych. (Provisional)
Brunswick Creek CReeKside Corner
This is a blog authored by the clinicians working at Brunswick Creek Psychology Services.This blog serves to share with our community who we are, what we do, and why we are passionate about human potential and wellness.
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Swift Current SK
Brunswick Creek Psychology Services
Swift Current, SK