Insight Psychological Therapists - Aurora Atienza

Aurora Atienza, Practicum Intern Therapist, (She/Her)

I believe that you can overcome almost any challenges by having a trustworthy ally to help facilitate your thinking and healing process. By partnering up with me, together we can identify your strengths and weaknesses, and work together towards helping you design and live a satisfying life. Being solution-focused and client-centered, we will work with your core values and resources to address your life’s challenges.

*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 Aurora Atienza

Over the years, I have experienced many roles and life’s challenges. I believe these make me well equipped to use my knowledge and experiences to benefit my clients in ways that could help them create and live an enjoyable meaningful life.

Having been a mortgage consultant and Personal Financial Fitness Coach, I am passionate about helping clients deal with their personal financial concerns. I’ve been married for over 36 years and I feel that I may also know a thing or two to help couples with regards to their marital matters.

I’ve worked as a co-facilitator for AHS’ Better Choices Better Health (Chronic Pain, Diabetes & Chronic Disease) and the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Suicide Grief Support Services and I have acquired the skills of facilitating the healing process of loss and bereavement as I journeyed with my clients.

My approach to therapy uses an integrated short-term strategy, applying principles of Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Solution Focus Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Trauma-informed Care, Family Systems, and Mindfulness techniques. I have found these modalities effective in dealing with relationship issues, anxiety, depression, loneliness, grief and bereavement, trauma, and life transitions (changes in health, career or work situation, and life direction).

Nothing excites me more than witnessing the transformation of my client, like a rising phoenix, into an empowered individual with renewed inner strength, clarity, and purpose.

A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS:

Aurora, what is your favourite quote?

“Our greatest freedom is the freedom to choose our response” ~ Victor Frankl

What are you most passionate about?

It is my passion and privilege to journey with and witness my client’s improvements as we work together in empowering them to create and live an enjoyable meaningful life. Using my facilitation skills and integration of various modalities, I work collaboratively with my clients towards thought process changes needed so that their life’s struggles become optional. By helping my clients become aware of how their thoughts impact their behavior and their emotions, they can be in a better position to respond from an empowered stance, strategizing, as opposed to impulse reaction in challenging situations.

Qualifications

Master of Counselling (Final year)

Accredited Mortgage Professional (2005-2011)

Bachelor of Science (Human Ecology: Family Studies – 1984)

Affiliations

Canadian Psychological Association

American Psychological Association

Psychologist’s Association of Alberta

Certifications

AHS Better Choices Better Health Facilitator (Diabetes, Chronic Pain, Chronic Disease)

ASSIST

Grief Recovery

Gottman Couples Therapy (in progress)

Trauma-Informed Care

Languages

  • English

I specialize in:

Anxiety & Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Self-Esteem Issues
Couples
  • Communication and Negotiation
  • Couples Counselling
  • Marriage and Relationship Concerns
Grief & Loss Care
  • Changes in Health
  • Dealing with Physical Health Issues
  • Empty Nest Syndrome
  • Handling Chronic Illness & Chronic Pain
  • Life Transitions
  • Losing Someone to Suicide
  • Loss of a Child
  • Loss of a Loved One
Other Areas
  • Stress Management

I have experience in:

  • Abuse
  • Adolescent & Teen Issues
  • Aging Parents
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Becoming a Parent or the Addition of Children
  • Behavioural Issues
  • Communication Disorders
  • Compassion Fatigue
  • Cross Cultural Issues
  • Death or Loss of a Pet
  • Difficult People
  • Divorce or Separation
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Family Caregiver Stress
  • Grief and Loss
  • Loss of Employment
  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Motor Vehicle Accident Trauma
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Panic Disorder
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Postpartum Depression
  • Premarital Counselling
  • Racism and Discrimination
  • Retirement
  • Seniors and the Elderly Issues
  • Suicidal Thoughts
  • Trauma
  • Weight & Eating Disorders
  • Weight Management
  • Workplace Stress

My treatment approaches:

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Behavioural Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
  • Existential Therapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Grief Work
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Person Centered Therapy
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Structural Family Therapy

Assessment services:

  • Anxiety Assessment
  • Depression Assessment
  • Gottman Relationship Checkup