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Dr. Kimberley Makela, Therapist

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Dr. Kimberley Makela is a therapist at NSSAC who has applied for registration with the College of Psychologists of BC. She is experienced in the assessment and treatment of a variety of mental health difficulties, including anxiety, depression, adjustment to stressful life events and chronic illness, relationship problems, self-esteem and body-image concerns, addictions, and childhood trauma. Kimberley received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Saskatchewan. She completed a CPA-accredited pre-doctoral residency with the Saskatoon Health Region, which focused on adult mental health. She trained in both community and hospital settings with adult clients diverse in terms of age, gender, sociocultural background, as well as mental health needs. During residency, Kimberley also received specialized training in clinical health psychology, assessing and treating the complex concerns of clients with co-existing mental health and medical problems. Her doctoral program of research focused on exploring women’s experiences of self-identity and body-image related to chronic weight-loss dieting.

Kimberley’s approach to therapy is integrative, collaborative, and client-centred. She regards therapy as a supportive space for you to gain understanding of yourself and your situation, hone your strengths, and develop new strategies for dealing with life’s uncertainties and challenges. The client-therapist relationship is considered to be the foundation and most important ingredient to successful therapy outcomes. Accordingly, Kimberley seeks to provide a compassionate space for her clients to share, feel heard, experience their emotions, and collaboratively work toward personal goals. Kimberley takes an evidence-based approach to therapy, which is grounded in cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) and complemented by strategies from other therapy approaches that are suitable to client needs. In addition to CBT, Kimberley draws on evidence-based strategies from Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), Short-Term Psychodynamic Therapy (STDP), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DPT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and mindfulness-based approaches in her clinical work.