Brina Down

BRINA DOWN
MSW RSW

I am passionate about trauma, stress recovery, self-regulation and the use of self-compassion in order to support mental health and wellness. Counselling supports holistic health by facilitating balance and wellbeing.  I believe in bringing my whole self to my practice and am intentional in setting the right conditions for my clients to do the same, with courage and bravery in order to achieve change.  Authenticity and connection are key to my practice. I feel incredibly privileged to bare witness to the vulnerable and courageous work that clients do in order to create lasting change.

Born and raised in Saskatoon, I am a registered Social Worker who has worked in the field for over 13 years.  I have worked with individuals struggling with ongoing stress response, depression, anxiety, physical health challenges, post natal struggles, grief and addictions. I have a Masters Degree in Social Work from Dalhousie University and have under graduate degrees from the University of Saskatchewan and University of Regina. 

In order to meet client needs, my practice includes a multi-modality approach of narrative therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, strength-based, solution focused, attachment theory and Somatic Experiencing. Somatic Experiencing is a model of therapy used to resolve mental health by working with the innate capacity of the body to relieve stress symptoms and bring a client back into balance and regulation.  I believe that when we create a greater understanding of our bodies, build stronger relationships with ourselves and others; trauma recovery, healing and long-term resilience becomes possible.  

Brina