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.
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
Pending applications for student memberships with the College of Alberta Psychologists and the Psychologist Association of Alberta
I specialize in:
Amare (Sex, Intimacy, & Gender)
- Sexuality and Intimacy Issues
Anxiety & Depression
- Anorexia Nervosa
- Anxiety Disorders
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder
- Self-Esteem Issues
- Workplace Stress
- Communication and Negotiation
- Marriage and Relationship Concerns
Effectus (Cognitive & Performance)
- Brain Injury
Grief & Loss Care
- Dealing with Physical Health Issues
- Grief and Loss
- Emotional Regulation
- Seniors and the Elderly Issues
I have experience in:
- Difficult People