Insight Psychological Therapists - Anna Neale

Anna Neale, Practicum Intern Therapist, BA, Dip (PR); MCounsPsych (In Progress), (She/Her)

My name is Anna Neale. I am a graduate student with City University of Seattle, completing my Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology. As a practicum therapist, I am keen to work with different populations. My interests lie in adults and adolescents who may struggle with self-esteem, depression, anxiety, stress and time management, relationship and sexuality issues, grief, loss, and trauma. As someone who has considerable experience in the corporate sector, I am also interested in working with clients who are experiencing struggles at work and who may be looking for corporate care/support.

*NOTE: Our Practicum Intern (Student) Therapists offer reduced rates for counselling support. Please be aware that FEES WILL BE NON-REIMBURSABLE by Extended Health Care Benefit Plans.

More About Anna Neale

As a naturalized Canadian from Kingston, Jamaica, I grew up with a love of learning about and understanding other cultures. Following my love of culture, I lived in Brazil for a year, soaking up the culture, and learning Portuguese. I recognize varying levels of privilege and power – including my own – and the role of psychotherapy and counsellors in addressing social injustices. My family, friends and others who know me describe me as warm, open, empathetic, insightful, kind, curious, and compassionate. I try to live and work by the credo of listening more and speaking less.

I am a strength-based practitioner with strong leanings towards systems-based, post-modern, and Rogerian approaches to psychotherapy that appreciate the many social locations and intersectionalities that people inhabit. While I recognize the value in diagnoses for certain purposes (e.g., insurance), I do not prioritize DSM diagnoses as central to my counselling philosophy. As a counsellor-in-training, one of my goals includes honing my skills and psychotherapeutic toolkit in the areas of couples and individual counselling, attachment therapy, the Gottman approach, CBT, mindfulness interventions, and trauma-focussed approaches.

My view of the counselling process – including goal setting – is a collaborative one between counsellor and client. I am reluctant to position myself as “expert;” I liken the counsellor’s role to that of a facilitator encouraging my clients to make changes they deem necessary or helpful in their life. I see my roles as an educated ally, here to help my clients – who I consider experts in their own lives – make changes in their lives, with the help of evidence-based therapeutic practices and interventions, based on their goals and wishes. My approach is a non-judgemental, empathetic, and warm one that enables me to accompany my clients along their therapeutic journey to self-actualization, fulfillment, change or life improvement. Outside of work, I am a lover of languages and cultures, music, food, fashion, fitness, animals, and photography.

A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS:

When did you know you wanted to become a psychologist?

I have known I wanted to become a psychologist from a very young age – probably about 11 or 12 years old. As a child, and to this day, I am fascinated by human nature, what drives people to behave the way they do and what influences can encourage or hamper resilience. I also have a deep desire to help others. Psychology for me, has been a great way to do both.

What do you think the world needs more of?

I think the world needs more compassion, curiosity, humility and kindness for others.

Qualifications

Bachelor of Arts (University of Alberta; 1995) Major: Psychology Minor: Sociology

Diploma (MacEwan University, 1999) Public Relations, Marketing & Advertising Graduated with Honours

Masters of Counselling Psychology (City University of Seattle; 2023) In Progress

Affiliations

Pending applications for student memberships with the College of Alberta Psychologists and the Psychologist Association of Alberta

Languages

  • English

I specialize in:

Amare (Sex, Intimacy, & Gender)
  • Sexuality and Intimacy Issues
Anxiety & Depression
  • Anorexia Nervosa
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Depression
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Self-Esteem Issues
  • Workplace Stress
Couples
  • Communication and Negotiation
  • Marriage and Relationship Concerns
Effectus (Cognitive & Performance)
  • Brain Injury
Grief & Loss Care
  • Dealing with Physical Health Issues
  • Grief and Loss
Other Areas
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Seniors and the Elderly Issues
Trauma Care
  • Trauma

I have experience in:

  • Difficult People