Lindsay is a Registered Clinical Counsellor located in Fernie B.C (#18323) and also a Registered Psychologist in AB (#4470), so she can provide services for British Columbians and Albertans over telehealth (secure video). She offers individual and couples counselling services in-person, via telehealth, and over the phone. Book a complimentary 30 minute session with her today to talk about:
Most of the time anxiety is a normal reaction to stress. It helps a person stay alert and cope, but anxiety can also be disabling if it interferes with daily life.
People with anxiety disorders experience a combination of anxious thoughts or beliefs, physical symptoms, and changes in behaviour. Each anxiety disorder has different symptoms. They all involve fear or dread about things that may happen now or in the future.
Common symptoms of depression include feeling tired and irritable all the time, losing interest in work, family, and hobbies, having difficulty sleeping, and feeling hopeless, angry, aggressive, sad, or worthless. Symptoms may also include having suicidal thoughts.
Everyone struggles with emotions from time to time. Sometimes we may question if we really need therapy for emotion regulation, stress, and other concerns. Clients may not fit the criteria for a mental health issue, but feelings matter, and learning how to care for emotions also matters.
Having gone through a traumatic experience can bring up a variety of struggles. It doesn’t matter if the traumatic event(s) happened recently or years ago, or how “severe” the event may seem. Here, we view trauma as a past negative experience that negatively impacts a client now.
Low Self-Esteem and Self-Worth
Self-esteem reflects how much we like ourselves and is often based on comparing ourselves to others. In contrast, self-compassion is not based on positive judgments or evaluations. It is a way of relating to ourselves. This means that with self-compassion, a person doesn’t have to feel better than another to feel good about oneself. This is great news, because in reality, there will always be someone smarter, funnier, wealthier, etc. Therefore, learning the skill of self-compassion is a more effective therapeutic goal than improving self-esteem.
Regardless of what stage of relationship a couple is in, couples counselling has to go deeper than helping to improve communication. After all, slamming a door in your partner’s face is very clear communication. Counselling can help a couple understand each person’s patterns of reacting, their triggers, and their deeper emotional needs. It can help a couple master a problem solving method that can turn a negative pattern into a positive pattern, which will enhance connection now and for years to come.
Boundaries are rooted in respect for ourselves and others, and allow everyone to feel safe. Setting boundaries is an important part of any relationship (friend, romantic, family, and professional). Counselling can help clients identify what their boundaries are, gain skills to communicate boundaries, and help manage the fear of how other people will respond when boundaries are set.
Sexuality and Intimacy
Sex and intimacy is an important part of adult life. There are many daily factors that can get in the way of a person’s ability to enjoy romance, intimacy and sexuality. There are very individual reasons for this and it’s common for these topics to come up during counselling sessions.
The Flow Psych Methodology
When you take counselling sessions with Lindsay Day at Flow Psychology in Fernie, she may use one of these empirically validated, or rigorously tested, therapeutic techniques.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an integrative psychotherapy. During and EMDR session, clients are asked to focus on the memory of an unpleasant event while experiencing bilateral stimulation (usually eye movement). To date, EMDR therapy has helped millions of people of all ages relieve many types of psychological stress. EMDR is a noted trauma and PTSD therapy, as well is helpful for a variety of other issues.
Couples can become trapped in patterns of unhealthy, counter-productive reactions that are like a dance. Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) helps couples change the dance to create new, positive cycles. This approach helps couples accept, express, regulate, make sense of, and transform emotion. The bond between couples is strengthened as individuals understand their own underlying attachment needs.
Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) is a therapy designed to help people manage overwhelming emotions and change unhelpful or destructive patterns of behaviour. DBT therapy helps clients to engage their emotions and thoughts, and to create a connection between thinking and feeling. The client will learn about their triggers and learn which coping skills are most helpful for them.
Meet your therapist, Lindsay Day.
Hello and welcome! I grew up in Fernie and my family and I have recently found our way back to the Elk Valley. I pursued my formal education at the University of Calgary where I obtained a BA (Hons) in Psychology, and at Acadia University where I completed a MSc in Clinical Psychology. In 2014, I returned to Calgary to complete my training and registration. Since then, I have had the opportunity to work in private practice and community health care settings with diverse groups of people with different backgrounds, abilities, and sexual orientations. My office is a safe space and everyone is welcome.
I believe problems come up when we are living out of step with our values and what we truly desire in life, or in other words, when we are out of alignment. Problems also arise when we’ve had difficult life experiences that shape our beliefs about ourselves, others and the world. We then develop coping strategies to help us manage our lives, but these coping strategies often end up causing us more harm than help. Together, we can examine belief systems that no longer work for you, build new skills and coping strategies that help you move through life with more ease, all while leveraging your natural strengths. We’ll also get clear on values and how you can actually live in line with them. Although I have specific training in different therapeutic approaches such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), I practice an integrative approach to therapy with a focus on your unique experience, beliefs, and values. It would be an honour for me to walk with you on your journey to living a life well lived.