More about Teena Garcia

I graduated with a Marital and Family Therapy degree from Loma Linda California in 2001 and I have well over 17 years of experience dealing with individuals of all ages. I have a wealth of experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly providing individual and couples/family therapy. I’ve also worked in the field of Children’s Mental Health, dealing with complex and severe mental health issues in Alberta Health Services setting for over 7 years.

Although I have a strong background working with children’s mental health issues and system’s theory, my main focus and primary specialty at present is helping others deal with trauma. I have been trained in EMDR Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and use this as a primary modality in working with trauma.

Trauma can be defined as a big “T” trauma with situations such as natural disasters and car accidents. Sometimes the most common trauma is small “t” trauma which includes ongoing chronic stressors that have a significant impact on your emotional, mental, and physical functioning over time. Accordingly, the impact of trauma may affect you by creating symptoms, including but not limited to: depression, anxiety, memory loss, poor focus and concentration, poor sleep and eating habits, aggression, and perhaps an overall sense of sadness.

I specialize in dealing with some of the following issues: anxiety, panic attacks, depression, bipolar disorder, worry and obsessiveness, workplace stress, relationships and intimacy, grieving and loss, anger, adult ADHD, single incident trauma, complex trauma, post traumatic stress, test anxiety and separation/divorce. If there is a presenting issue not listed here, please feel free to ask me.

 

 

Qualifications

Masters of Science, Marriage and Family Therapy, Loma Linda University

 

Affiliations

College of Alberta Psychologists

Psychologist’s Association of Alberta

 

Languages

  • English

My Areas of Specialty:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Grief and Loss
  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Postpartum Depression
  • Trauma

I can also help with these areas:

  • Bruxism and ‘Teeth Grinding’
  • Handling Chronic Illness & Chronic Pain
  • Panic Disorder
  • Self-Esteem Issues
  • Social Anxiety Disorder

Mental Health Disorders:

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder

My Treatment Approaches:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
  • Existential Therapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Family Systems (Bowenian) Therapy
  • Mindfulness Therapy
  • Solution Focused Therapy