RAE KOKOTAILO, MSc

Registered Provisional Psychologist

Owner of Nest Psychology

I understand that life can be challenging. During these tough times, we may lose our sense of self, feel overwhelmed, or even feel lost. I can help individuals navigate those challenges, and in turn, find themselves, lessen distress, and live a more satisfying life.

“Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy – the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.”

– Brené Brown

APPROACH

I believe that everyone has a story to tell. Through connecting with my clients, I strive to create a warm, collaborative, and non-judgemental space where individuals feel safe to explore those challenging aspects within their life. I work to access a person’s inherent strength, and through this process, empower my clients to face their obstacles, gain new perspectives, and harness new skills for meaningful change.

To address individual concerns and needs, I take a strength-based, client-centred approach; drawing from several research-supported therapeutic modalities including acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), and narrative-therapy (NT). 

As a mother myself, I understand the challenges that can come with pregnancy, childbirth, and motherhood. In the spirit of transparency, my own pregnancy was stressful having suffered from severe hypertensive complications (pre-eclampsia and HELLP syndrome), premature delivery at 31 weeks, and difficulty adjusting to motherhood. It has been 13 years since my son was born, and my own healing journey inspired me to complete my master’s research on the experience of HELLP syndrome in pregnancy and its influence on motherhood, as well as undertake training in perinatal mental health. I wholly believe that with my personal understanding, in combination with my academic knowledge and advanced training, I can be of service to individuals affected by perinatal challenges.

HOURS

Monday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Wednesday: 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Thursday: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Friday: 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Evening virtual appointments are available by request. Please contact me directly to arrange.

For those interested in counselling, but don’t live in Calgary, I offer secure video (telepsychology) appointments to Albertans.

 

 

ADVANCED TRAINING

Training is an on-going part of my psychology practice. In addition to reading and participation in seminars/workshops/conferences, I have completed various types of advanced training and includes:

  • Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy Level 1 – Sue Genest, MSc, CCC, RCC, Certified EMDR Therapist (Not currently offering)
  • Basic Acceleration Resolution Therapy – Colleen Clark, MSW, RCSW, Master ART Practitioner/Trainer

  • Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD – Dr. Megan McElheran, Phd (Wayfound Mental Health Group)

  • Trauma & PTSD in First Responder Populations – Dr. Megan McElheran, Phd (Wayfound Mental Health Group)

  • Trauma & PTSD Practicum – Carewest Operational Stress Injury Clinic

  • Responding to Trauma Narrative Therapy Intensive – Narrative Therapy Centre

  • 5-Day Foundations of Narrative Therapy – Vancouver School for Narrative Therapy

  • Advanced Perinatal Mental Health Psychotherapy – Postpartum Support International

  • Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders: Components of Care – Postpartum Support International

  • Postpartum Social Justice Practicum – Pacific Post Partum Support Society

  • Postpartum Practicum – Families Matter

  • MSc, Counselling Psychology – University of Calgary. Masters Thesis: The experience of HELLP syndrome and its influence on motherhood: An autoethnographic inquiry

  • BSc, Psychology – University of Calgary

PROVISIONAL STATUS

As a registered provisional psychologist, my counselling practice is supervised by a registered psychologist, Melissa Foster, MA. Melissa Foster has experience in both women’s mental health and running her own private practice, Dragonfly Psychological Services.

MEMBERSHIPS

  • College of Alberta Psychologists – Provisional Registration, 3193p

  • Psychologists’ Association of Alberta

  • Postpartum Support International

LIFE OUTSIDE OF PRACTICE

Outside of my work as a registered provisional psychologist, I enjoy quiet time by reading fiction, practicing yoga, being creative through photography, having dinners with friends, traveling with my husband and son, and going for walks with my Moyen Poodle, Emma.

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