Dana Cressman, MA, RP

Calming Tree Counselling Psychotherapist

Dana Cressman is a Registered Psychotherapist and a graduate of Martin Luther University College (affiliated with Wilfrid Laurier University) with a Master of Theology in Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy. She has completed her first Basic Unit as a Psychospiritual Therapist from the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care/Association canadienne de soins spirituels (CASC/ACSS). Conversations around faith and spirituality are welcome, should they be important aspects of a client’s journey.

Dana’s work with clients is deeply influenced by the belief that youth, individuals, and families each possess strengths which contribute to their own healing journeys. Dana has also worked in an in-patient mental health care setting with clients experiencing eating disorders, anxiety, depression, personality disorders, trauma, and other mental health concerns. Dana also has over eight years of working experience in education with youth and families.

Considering the impact of trauma, stress, and relational conflict on the body and mind are integral to Dana’s work with clients. Dana believes that when we learn to pay mindful attention to our body’s response to difficult events, we begin the process of finding safety in our bodies. Through talk-therapy, body-based therapy, or artistic expression, Dana will explore with clients’ avenues which promote healing, personal growth, and wholehearted living.

Dana offers an integrative approach to client concerns using a variety of approaches and modalities based on client needs and strengths. Dana is informed by polyvagal theory, ecological systems theory, and attachment theory. She uses Somatic Body-Based techniques, Unified Protocol for Transdiagnostic Emotional Disorders (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Motivational Enhancement, and Narrative Therapy techniques.

Dana loves a good laugh, quiet moments in nature, reading, and creative activities.

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