Insight Psychological Therapists - Terri Philips

Terri Philips, Registered Provisional Psychologist, MC, (She/Her)

As a therapist, I feel it is important to build a healthy therapeutic relationship and focus on providing clients with the most supportive, empathic, and judgment-free environment possible. It is my hope to learn about clients,  and from clients, as I honestly believe we are the experts of our own experience. I am here to give your experience the respect and dignity it deserves and guide you through your therapeutic journey from a client-centered standpoint, integrating those therapeutic approaches that best suit your individual experience

More About Terri Philips

I am a Registered Provisional Psychologist at Insight Psychological and work closely with my supervisors to ensure you are receiving the best mental health care possible. Previously, I completed my practicum with The Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre, working with adult and adolescent sexual assault survivors and their families. Additionally, I worked as a Sexual Assault Response Team member and a Crisis Line Volunteer and gained valuable experience in crisis intervention and providing support in times of immense stress. I have Level II certification in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, though I have also been successful in integrating Narrative Therapy, Art Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy into sessions with clients. It is a dream of mine to work as a Play Therapist with children, thus, I am happy to take clients aged 3 and older to fully develop my skills with Play Therapy.

Within my previous Educational Assistant position, I had the opportunity to work extensively with children from a variety of developmental abilities and feel confident in bringing these skills forward into my work as a therapist. I firmly acknowledge that everyone has their own unique abilities, and, in my practice, I ensure that I approach everyone from an individualized stance and take time to recognize client strengths and encourage skill development. From this strengths-based approach, I hope to empower clients to create change for themselves and feel successful.

A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS:

Terri, what is your favourite quote?

“The more I learn, the more I realize how much I don’t know” – Albert Einstein

To me this quote says so much about knowledge in one sentence. Within the therapy setting, I feel it is the most important quote, as it signifies the importance for therapists to remain curious of each individual experience, because every client perspective will be unique in a multitude of ways. The minute we begin to assume what our clients are experiencing is when we begin to make errors. This quote reminds me to remain curious, open-minded, and always, always, client-centered.

What quick advice do you have for people who are really struggling?

Grounding techniques! If you are experiencing anxiety or are feeling intensely overwhelmed, take a minute to ground yourself with this simple mindfulness technique: name 5 things you can SEE around you, focus on 4 things you can FEEL, name 3 things you can HEAR, notice 2 things you can smell, and focus on 1 thing you can taste. This technique brings you back into the moment and can ease the mind from anxious thoughts, even if just for a moment. I often use this practice, or elements of it, within my therapy sessions when clients become overwhelmed and it can be very successful.

Qualifications

Master of Counselling Psychology

Bachelor of Arts Degree Major – Psychology, Minor: Sociology

Affiliations

College of Alberta Psychologists

Canadian Psychological Association

Certifications

Level II Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Training (Association for Psychological Therapies)

Intermediate Level Counselling Ethics: Writing Ethical, Useful, and Efficient Session Notes

Counselling Adult Survivors of Sexual Violence Certificate

First Responder to Sexual Assault and Abuse Training

Tools for Helping Children and Youth Certificate (Crisis & Trauma Resource Institute)

Languages

  • English

I specialize in:

Developmental Disorders
  • Cognitive Disability
Mental Health Disorders
  • Cognitive Disability
Trauma Care
  • Abuse
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Sexual Assault and Abuse
  • Trauma

I have experience in:

  • Adolescent & Teen Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Behavioural Issues
  • Child & Youth Anxiety
  • Child & Youth Depression
  • Child & Youth Stress and Trauma
  • Childhood Development Issues
  • Children's Mental Health
  • Communication Disorders
  • Compassion Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Issues Related to Bullying
  • LGBTQ2S+ Issues
  • Learning Disorders
  • Life Transitions
  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Pervasive Developmental Disorders
  • Phobias
  • Physical Abuse
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Self-Esteem Issues
  • Self-Harming
  • Sensory Disorders
  • Stress Management
  • Suicidal Thoughts

My treatment approaches:

  • Art Therapy
  • Behavioural Therapy
  • Client Centered Therapy
  • Mindfulness Therapy
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Play Therapy
  • Solution Focused Therapy

Assessment services:

  • Assessments For Developmental Disabilities
  • Behavioural Assessment
  • Gifted/Intellectually Advanced Assessment
  • Psycho-educational Assessment