DIONNE (APRIL) BAERGEN
I firmly believe that, as a therapist, I need to meet people where they are at. My role is to provide a safe space to explore whatever pain is present in your life as well as help you identify your unique strengths, gifts, and abilities. I feel that everyone needs to be truly heard and accepted regardless of circumstance and that my approach needs to fit within your worldview.
I pride myself on being flexible and readily adaptable based on the needs of each individual client. I am here to offer genuine caring, empathy, and respectful curiosity to help you on the journey of self-inquiry. The analogy I use routinely is you are driving the bus, and my role is to help put fuel in the tank.
I practice from a person-centered approach and utilize techniques based in cognitive behavioural therapy, rational emotive behavioural therapy, solution-focused and strengths-based therapy, trauma informed therapy, and play-based interventions. I also love to use humour in my work, especially with children and adolescents.
I have spent the past fifteen years working with children, youth, and families who have experienced disrupted attachments, complex trauma, and significant mental health and behavioural concerns. I believe that this work has helped me refine my clinical skills, particularly in helping young people make sense of their experiences and the world around them.
Areas that I specialize in are: anxiety and depression, complex trauma, parent-teen conflict, family systems related issues, attachment difficulties, risk management, separation and divorce.