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 believe supporting one’s mental health is multifaceted, whether that means learning how to better manage stress, improving communication or conflict management skills, developing helpful self-care strategies, more effective coping skills, learning to work with difficult people, or navigating personal challenges. I believe we all have within us, the capacity for growth and change; I am here to support you through your journey. Are you looking for support or struggling with any of the following?
- Anxiety, depression or other mood-related concerns
- Concerns related to relationships, sexuality or gender (LGBTQ2S+ inclusive)
- Professional issues
- Managing conflict; dealing with difficult people
- Self-esteem/self confidence (e.g., assertive communication)
- Academic struggles
- Loss (e.g. loved ones, relationship, employment, health, independence, death and non-death related loss)
- Experiences as a new Canadian
- Stress management
- Life transition (e.g. marriage, divorce, birth of a child, loss of a child/pregnancy, new living arrangements, new job, retirement, career change, injury, illness)
- Desire to make a change (e.g. quit smoking, drinking, lose weight, exercise more, reduce social media use)
I am a strength-based, person-centred 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. I am a proponent of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, emotion-focused and attachment therapy, the Gottman approach, mindfulness interventions, trauma-focused approaches and solution-focused brief therapy.
My view of the counselling process, including goal setting, is a collaborative one between counsellor and client. I see my role 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.
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:
Anxiety & Depression
- Anxiety Disorders
- Self-Esteem Issues
- Communication and Negotiation
- Couples Counselling
Grief & Loss Care
- Grief and Loss
Mental Health Disorders
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in Adults
- Anger Management
- Stress Management
Thrive (Child & Youth)
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in Children
I have experience in:
- Adolescent & Teen Issues
- Aging Parents
- Dealing with Infidelity
- Death or Loss of a Pet
- Difficult People
- Divorce or Separation
- Emotional Abuse
- Emotional Regulation
- Family Issues
- LGBTQ2S+ Issues
- Life Transitions
- Loss of Employment
- Loss of a Loved One
- Sexuality and Intimacy Issues
My treatment approaches:
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
- Adlerian Therapy
- Behavioural Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Emotionally Focused Therapy
- Existential Therapy
- Family Systems Therapy
- Gottman Couples Therapy
- Mindfulness Therapy
- Narrative Therapy
- Person Centered Therapy
- Solution Focused Therapy