More about Leah Higham

For many clients coming to therapy, a safe, confidential, and objective space with a friendly, non-judgemental and compassionate therapist is key. It is my goal to help create this with you in the therapy room and in our relationship together. I believe therapy is a collaborative process, infused with authentic expression and unconditional positive regard for my clients.

If you choose me as your therapist, I will work with you to create a plan for therapy, and can work from a variety of approaches to therapy,  based on your and/or your families’ needs and goals for therapy.  I consider myself a humanist overall, which guides the work that I do. I am honoured to be working in this field, to help people maximize their well-being.

 

Qualifications

Master’s in Counselling

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology

 

Affiliations

Psychologists Association of Alberta

College of Alberta Psychologists

 

Certifications

Dialectical Behaviour therapy (DBT) Skills training with Marsha Linehan

Mental Health First Aid for Veteran Community

Fostering Emotion Regulation for children training by the Instittute of Child Psychology 

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Certificate Seminar Presented by Richard Sears

Non-violent Crisis Intervention Training

Mandt System Training

Explosive, Noncompliant, Disruptive and Aggressive Kids-Seminar Presented by Dr. Ross W. Greene

 

Languages

  • English

My Areas of Specialty:

  • Adolescent & Teen Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Bulimia Nervosa
  • Child & Youth Stress and Trauma
  • Depression
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder
  • Panic Disorder
  • Self-Esteem Issues
  • Suicidal Thoughts (Idealization) and Survivor

I can also help with these areas:

  • Career Changes or the Loss of a Career
  • Dealing with Phobias
  • Divorce or Separation
  • Drug or Substance Addiction
  • Family Caregiver Stress
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
  • Grief and Loss
  • Grief Work & Compassion Fatigue
  • Parenting Issues & Support
  • Sexual Abuse & Assault
  • Trauma

Mental Health Disorders:

  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Dependent Personality Disorder
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Trichotillomania

My Treatment Approaches:

  • Behavioural Therapy
  • Client Centered Therapy (Rogerian therapy)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive Therapy
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
  • Family Systems (Bowenian) Therapy
  • Mindfulness Therapy
  • Person Centered therapy
  • Play Therapy
  • Solution Focused Therapy

Assessment Services:

  • Career Assessments
  • Custody Access & Parental Assessments (PN7, PN8)

Sexuality, Intimacy, and Gender:

  • Gender Identity
  • LGBTQ+ and Gender Issues
  • Sexuality and Intimacy Issues
  • Trans Counselling
  • Transformations Gender Transitions Program