Angela Holmes is a Registered Psychotherapist with over five years of experience working with clients. Angela holds a Master of Arts degree in Psychotherapy and Spiritual Care from Wilfrid Laurier University and she is registered in good standing with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO).
Over the years, Angela has developed a passion for working with individuals to manage symptoms of trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Symptoms (PTSD/PTSS). In addition to the general population, Angela has experience working with First Responders as well as with individuals involved in the criminal justice system. In her work with survivors of trauma, Angela draws from a trauma informed approach whereby symptoms are not to be considered as something “wrong” with the person. Instead, Angela views symptoms as a reflection of the events and experiences that have taken place in a person’s life, or what has happened to them. Angela possesses in depth knowledge and training in the neurobiology of trauma (the relationship between the body and the mind) and incorporates this awareness into the therapeutic process with the goal of helping clients to gain a sense of control over their healing.
Angela also has specialized training and experience in supporting individuals in their substance use addiction and recovery. Angela has worked closely with not only the individual coping with their substance use, but also their partners and loved ones. Through Angela’s research and work in the field of addictions, she is increasingly aware of the conflicts that addiction stirs up within oneself, as well as in the context of relationships.
Through supporting individuals with a history of trauma and addiction, Angela has particular interest in supporting her clients to develop meaningful and healthy coping strategies for symptoms of mental health. Angela recognizes that addiction is often relied on as a solution to managing overwhelming and all-consuming symptoms of mental health. She enjoys supporting her clients to not only develop awareness of their symptoms, but also to manage them in a way that supports functioning in their everyday life. Angela has experience working with individuals who have symptoms of: Anxiety, Depression, Dissociation, Self Injury and Suicidal Ideation.
Angela also works with individuals in recovery from eating disorders, however; it is important to note that Angela is not an eating disorders specialist. Depending on where a client may be in their recovery journey, it is possible that they may need medical support and more specialized treatment. Ultimately, for Angela, her clients’ best interests and care are of the greatest importance. As such, she may refer a client to a specialized team if/when necessary. This might include a referral to a dietician, physician, Psychologist, and/or a Dialectical Behavioural Therapy skills group facilitated by a professional who specializes in eating disorder treatment.
Angela believes that many couples and folks in plural relationships would benefit from taking the time to reflect on their relationship(s), their needs, and ways of coping with conflict. Angela has an interest in supporting folks in relationships better manage in times of stress, build safer and more intimate relationship(s) with one another, and to thrive in experiences of well being. Angela supports those in relationships to set goals related to improving communication about emotions, building safety and trust, overcoming resentments, and developing different tools for coping with conflict. Angela helps her clients to become more aware of their behaviours, especially during times of distress, and provides strategies on how each person in the relationship can take responsibility for their behaviours and develop the necessary skills to respond differently to one another.
Angela completed a Master of Arts degree in Psychotherapy and Spiritual Care; thus she has a personal and professional interest in the intricacies of life and what brings meaning to people. Angela is always open to exploring ways to experience spirituality and to include it in the context of healing. What brings hope and meaning to the client is intimate and personal; Angela would love to be part of this journey to deepen your connection with your higher power.
Many Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) and extended health care plans will cover services rendered by a Registered Psychotherapist.