RAE KOKOTAILO, MSc

Registered Provisional Psychologist

Owner of Nest Psychology

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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

ABOUT

I am a Registered Provisional Psychologist in Calgary, Alberta and owner/founder of Nest Psychology. I hold a BSc in Psychology and a MSc in Counselling Psychology from the University of Calgary. 

My intentions for creating my own private psychology practice were two-fold. First, to realize my deeply felt need to have a sustainable balance between practice, family, and personal life. Second, to provide quality, effective, personable, and modern psychological services to those populations, and in those areas of mental health, I am most skilled and passionate about. From these intentions, Nest Psychology was created. It symbolizes nature and nurture, security and growth, as well as care and compassion. In my practice, I am pleased to provide individual counselling to men and women (adults) experiencing a variety of mental health and life concerns, including anxiety, depression, stress, overwhelm, guilt, shame, grief, loss, perfectionism, interpersonal relationships, and trauma/PTSD. Additionally, counselling to those individuals affected by fertility, pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum, and parenthood concerns.

APPROACH

I strive to create a warm, welcoming, and non-judgemental space where you feel safe to be yourself and explore those challenging aspects within your life. I work to access your inherent strengths, and through this process, empower you to face your obstacles, gain new perspectives, and harness new skills for meaningful change.

To address your individual concerns and needs, I take a strength-based, client-centred approach. This involves collaboratively discussing your therapy goals and mapping out a plan. Integral to my practice is actively drawing from several research-supported therapeutic modalities including: cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and narrative therapy (NT). Where possible, and for your consideration, I also integrate psychoeducation, resources, and tools/strategies.

Whatever your concerns may be, whether small or big, I welcome you to connect. We can chat about your unique reasons for seeking counselling and how I may be able to help.      

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 (online) 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 (2020)- University of Calgary. Masters Thesis: The experience of HELLP syndrome and its influence on motherhood: An autoethnographic inquiry

  • BSc, Psychology (2003)- 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 providing individual counselling, supervision, 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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