DBT; CBT; Non-Violent Communication; Ego State Therapy; Somatic Therapist; Imago Therapy; etc.
Sara Norum is a Registered Psychologist in good standing with the College of Alberta Psychologist, a Registered Social Worker in good standing with the Alberta College of Social Workers, and a Registered Family Mediator in good standing with the Alberta Family Mediation Society. She has a Doctorate in Psychology from California Southern University. She has a Master of Science in Counselling (Psychology) specializing in Mental Health Therapy, and a Master of Science in Conflict Analysis and Resolution, both from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She is a Certified EMDR Therapist, an EMDRIA Approved EMDR Consultant, EMDR Training Facilitator, and a LENS Neurofeedback Provider.
Sara has worked in the field since 1988 with children, youth, adults, couples, and families, all of whom have had complex mental health issues. She has worked in non-profit agencies, government organizations, school settings, and private practice, primarily in and around Calgary. Over the years, Sara has also provided training, workshops, and presentations on a variety of topics. Sara facilitates EMDR Basic Trainings and provides consultation toward certification to EMDR trained therapists.
Sara sees clients with a variety of backgrounds, including members of Calgary Fire Department and Calgary Police Services, as well as Veterans Affairs and WCB. In addition, Sara provides therapeutic services and consultation for other therapists.
While Sara has advanced clinical training in a variety of modalities, she uses an approach based on EMDR Therapy integrated with LENS Neurofeedback, Parts/Ego State Therapy, Internal Family Systems, Somatic therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy strategies, CBT, Non-Violent Communication (NVC), Imago Therapy strategies, and other trauma-informed modalities as needed.
Dee Dee believes that every individual has the strength to work towards a happy, healthy and balanced life. She knows that no one just ‘gets over’ things but they can be assisted to work through their struggles and traumas. She prides herself on the therapeutic alliance and personal empowerment of individuals through respect, communication, and the acknowledgment that each individual is the author of their own lives.
Dee Dee is a Registered Psychologist with specialized training in working with children. As a registered Play Therapist she finds many ways to connect with younger kids and help them express themselves and find resolution to various issues. She has specialized training is in the area of resolving trauma. As a certified EMDR Therapist Dee Dee helps clients work through and find resolution to significant hurts, abuse and trauma both recent and past. Dee Dee is fluent in American Sign Language and provides counselling with Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals. She also provides services through Indigenous Services Canada working with First Nations populations. She holds level two in Gottman Marriage Counselling training as well.
Dee Dee has been married for 37 years and is the mother of two. She enjoys spending time with her family, exercising, reading, connecting with friends and professional development. She has a lifelong commitment to learning. She also likes to travel and enjoys road trips.
Areas of Specialization: Works with children, teens, adults, families, couples, and Indigenous Individuals. With children through play, with teens empowering them to improve their self-esteem, family relationships, enhancing parenting skills, and developing parenting plan, with adults; stress, anger, depression & with couples communication enhancement. She also uses EMDR to support clients in working through their traumas.
Diverse cultural practices and socio-economic back-grounds
Person-centred approach, Mindfulness, Social justice and Systems theories
At some point we are all challenged by loss, personal growth, change and decisions. And while we are similar in our humanity, we are individual in our history, desires, emotions and thoughts. Seeking professional and confidential counselling services during these times can help you gain clarity and cultivate lasting change.
Clients have said that my gentle, calm and non-judgmental presence helps them to feel safe and cared for through the counselling process.
After completing an ESL (English as a Second Language) diploma and undergraduate degree in Anthropology and Sociology, I began my career in 1998 in a village in north Japan. I lived and taught English for three years in this rural community as the only visible minority. Eventually, I backpacked for a year and then moved to Hong Kong where I continued to teach, travel and earn my teaching degree from The University of Hong Kong. After challenging my comfort zone for almost 10 years overseas, I returned to Canada feeling that I had built some solid personal and professional experiences. When I returned in 2007, I pursued a career in counselling. I completed my M.A. in Counselling Psychology from the University of Victoria as well as a second degree in Psychology and Co-operative Education. With over 25 years’ experience working with people from various countries, with diverse cultural practices and socio-economic back-grounds, I now devote my professional passions to counselling services in Victoria, BC. I also am a counsellor in a school district on Vancouver Island. Counselling can help anyone discover that life difficulties can be worked through or in some cases, accepted as part of a life story.
I believe that there is always a place to begin to heal, learn and grow. When we consider what is within our control (ourselves), we can earnestly cultivate lives that are meaningful. This life satisfaction can then ripple into our significant relationships, community and employment/volunteer.
I draw on person-centred approach, mindfulness, social justice and systems theories in the counselling process.
I also practice EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and organize Basic and Advanced trainings in Victoria, BC. Using this approach, I have witnessed clients benefit from incredible, lasting change.
Women’s issues, sexual abuse, and intimate partner violence
Internal Family Systems & Ego State therapy
Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy
Sarah is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Rhode Island, with over 10 years clinical experience. She received her Master of Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada.
Sarah has worked with children, adolescents, adults, and families in a variety of treatment settings—including residential, community-based, and outpatient.
She practices from an integrative, strengths-based approach that incorporates advanced clinical training in a variety of trauma-informed, evidence-based modalities.
Warmth, open-mindedness, and unconditional positive regard are at the forefront of Sarah’s work. She strives to create a welcoming, supportive space for growth and healing, regardless of where people are on their journey.
Sarah is an EMDR Certified Therapist and EMDRIA Approved Consultant. She has advanced training in EMDR, Somatic Experiencing, Internal Family Systems, Ego State therapy, and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy.
Sarah currently works in a small private practice setting in Portsmouth, Rhode Island with children, adolescents, adults, families, and couples. Although she works with a variety of presenting issues, her special interest areas—which initially led her to EMDR—include women’s issues, sexual abuse, and intimate partner violence.
Sarah is licensed to provide therapy to those residing in the state of Rhode Island.
She provides individual and group consultation services to clinicians across North America who are working toward EMDR certification or looking to build confidence using EMDR with clients.
I have always been guided by my passion for the mental health field, so I am extremely proud to be able to offer services to fellow clinicians through New Perspective Consultation & Supervision. Driven by my desire to help others, I have expanded my practice to include training and guiding other clinicians who are seeking additional education within their profession.
My name is Jacquelyn Kirby, and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor – Supervisor with over 15 years in the field. I graduated from Louisiana State University in 2006 with my Bachelor of Science in Psychology and in 2011 with my Master of Science in Counseling Psychology.
I have worked in various settings including an inpatient psychiatric facility, community mental health rehabilitation center, substance abuse clinic, and private practice. The unique opportunities and challenges that each of these settings provided have helped me become a well-rounded and experienced clinician.
Throughout my time in private practice, my knowledge and experience in treating complex trauma and dissociative disorders have grown exponentially. I have a passion for working with clients experiencing these issues utilizing an integration of EMDR Therapy, Somatic Interventions, and Ego State/Parts work. Equal to this passion is my love of guiding clinicians in their work in these areas.
In addition to being a Licensed Professional Counselor – Supervisor, Nationally Certified Counselor, and EMDRIA Approved Consultant, I hold various certifications and have participated in countless hours of post-graduate training which demonstrate my dedication to continually seeking knowledge and furthering my expertise in the field.
When we work together during consultation services, you can feel confident in the fact that you are receiving expertise coming from the years of my mental health background. We will collaborate through every step of the process, which will ensure that our efforts together come from a shared passion for EMDR and all that it entails.
I’m constantly inspired by my clients’ courage and positive intention for change and personal growth. In my sessions and my work with EMDR Trainees, I strive to be non-judgemental, empathic, and respectful; fully dedicated to providing a safe and trusting space. A strong therapeutic relationship is based on collaboration and the ability to capitalize on strengths – these are key components I use to support lasting changes.
In my Therapy, I use several modalities such as EMDR, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), Solution Focused Therapy (SFT), Attachment, and Mindfulness in order to support clients to cultivate meaningful connections in their individual lives and interpersonal relationships.
I am also a registered facilitator for a program called “Circle of Security – Parenting™” (COS-P). COS-P is a well-researched program designed to strengthen attachment security between parents and children. Through this interactive, engaging, and reflective program, parents discover how to read and respond to their child’s emotional cues, successfully organize their child’s feelings, enhance the development of the child’s self-esteem, and more! I offer both individual and group sessions to parents and caregivers of children from birth through 6 years old.
Upon achieving my Master’s Degree from Yorkville University in Ontario, I had the opportunity to work with an amazing set of children on the Autism Spectrum. Over the years I have expanded my client base and now regularly provide counselling services to individuals (teens and adults), couples, and families.
I am inspired by clients’ resilience, positive intentionality, and dedication to growth. I believe that together we achieve a greater sense of well-being in their unique journey.
Oppression and injustice related to race, gender, sexuality, and more
Health concerns and medical trauma (for providers and patients)
Relationship changes and challenges
Frances (she/her) is a Marriage and Family Therapy Associate who earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from Bellarmine University, and Master’s degrees from the University of Louisville—an MA in Bioethics and Medical Humanities, an MS in Social Work, and an MS in Couple and Family Therapy. Frances lives and practices in Kentucky with Northstar Counseling Center.
Frances completed EMDR training with Sue Genest in early 2022 and has since seen amazing benefits with integrating EMDR into her practice, using techniques and theory from EMDR training with every client, and reprocessing with many. Frances is working towards EMDR certification in consultation with Michelle Gay. Frances uses EMDR along with other evidence-based therapies and theories, including attachment theory, Narrative Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, and Internal Family Systems, taking an integrative approach to finding the unique way to best support each client.
Frances believes that different areas of wellness are connected, and that our wellness is deeply connected to our contexts—our relationships, families, communities, and cultures—bringing an intersectional feminist and anti-oppressive lens to exploring these influences. She takes a collaborative approach, trusting the expertise that each person holds about their own experiences, and working with clients to identify goals, strengths, barriers. Frances works to create a safe space for clients with flexibility, respect, empathy, humor, and curiosity.
Before graduate school, Frances worked as a preschool teacher and at an art studio for adults with developmental disabilities. She gained further experience working with youth in a residential facility, and in a psychiatric hospital supporting people of all ages facing many different mental health issues.
20-40 hours more than any EMDR basic training in the world
Protocols in Several Languages
Master the Float back / Affect Bridge (Unique to Sue’s basic)
Canadian Guidelines, Tips, and Strategies for ONLINE EMDR
Somatic, Attachment, Mindfulness Informed Training
Audit future basic and advanced trainings at a discount
Expertise offered on how to integrate EMDR into your practice
Special Populations Include: children, phobia, addictions, pain, couples, pre natal trauma, recent events, corrections, future anticipated events, online EMDR, and complex trauma
100% Canadian Quality
Diversity Nurturing Environment
All diversity of humanity is welcome and celebrated in Sue’s trainings.
“Thank you so much for sharing your gifts of knowledge in EMDR, including making the sessions a safe space to learn and practice. This has been transformative for me and I appreciate that immensely.” Jan. 2023
“Thank you for the time, energy and knowledge that you’ve offered to us over the past few months. I am grateful to have taken your basic training course, and really excited to move forward into consultation!” Jan. 2023
June 2020 Trainee Feedback
“Sue is hands down one of the best resourced, most attuned and motivated trainers I have had the pleasure working with. I do not know how she is able to bring this positive attitude and wealth of knowledge so consistently.”
“All of it! I just love Sue and who she is and how she teaches, I feel so lucky to have received my EMDR training from her. She is such a champion in her field, she clearly stays up to date with the most cutting-edge and current research, I love that she spends so much time on floatback, containment/resourcing, and somatics. I love that she is so inclusive and safe and celebrates and honours diversity. She is just the best! I thoroughly enjoyed the content and how it was delivered. I loved the practicum and all the other trainees; it was a great group of people that clearly also were feeling engaged and enjoyed the experience. Such great vibes all around! “
“Sue does an exceptional job offering a safe and inclusive space for growth and learning. She is respectful and highly skilled in the material she delivers, and ensures that she is gently critical and challenging towards any form of prejudice or bias that would make the learning environment or future clinical work unsafe for self or others. Not only does she offer an immense wealth of knowledge and teaching during the course, she also offers an abundance of resources and learning opportunities for follow-up to continue deepening our learning and enhancement of our clinical skills for the future. She provides the perfect balance of lecture, personal anecdotes, example videos of practice, group discussions/question periods, excellent readings and resources, and time for us to practice in our practicums.”
ONLINE Basic Training Feedback
“Sue had this planned out extremely well and her ability to make adjustments and work through technical glitches (which there were a few) made this zoom format quite seamless.”
“I was pleasantly surprised at how much I loved the practica on Zoom, admittedly even more so than in-person. I think this was for two reasons, firstly, I felt we had even more feedback and individual time with Sue (to be clear Sue was incredibly present and available during session one in-person, however on Zoom she was able to have eyes and ears on all of us at all times), secondly, it was very intimate and comforting the way it was set up with the two other trainees, having both their faces on the screen with me was very lovely. I also liked that it offered us the opportunity to practice delivering the material online, as this is going to be something we need to feel comfortable providing to our clients, especially given the current circumstances of physical distancing and other restrictions due to COVID-19.”
Advantages of a 2 Session Training or 5.5 + Follow Up Days Training
Comprehensive Training Feedback
“After completing the comprehensive EMDR training with Sue Genest, I wondered how anyone could learn ALL this information in 5 days. I was previously signed up for a 5 day EMDR intensive training. It now seems that it would be almost impossible to retain this amount of information all at once. With the comprehensive there was more opportunity to sit, discuss, practice, and learn and even create wonderful colleague connections. Sue’s online portal that is used in between sessions, provides great consultation, effective learning, and such a huge amount of resources. The chance to practice between sessions and then return to have even more intense learning experience helps me to now feel all the more competent and ethical in EMDR treatment. I feel that in the end this will make for more positive outcomes with clients.” DA 2020
“I found Sue’s basic training to be extremely informative and comprehensive that allowed me to grow into a confident EMDR therapist. Sue’s extensive knowledge and expertise in trauma and the use of EMDR is truly impressive. Her warm and engaging presence created a learning atmosphere that allowed me to ask questions freely which expanded my capacity to become a trauma therapist. Sue is committed to her trainee’s and I have found my strengths as an EDMR therapist through her guidance. I highly recommendany therapist who is considering taking EMDR basic training to obtain this training with Sue” March 2020
Sue’s EMDR Basic Training &Coronavirus
As the Coronavirus and fears expand around the world (beyond the originally concerning countries), it is very important that you respect the following guide to keep us all healthy and to keep risks low in Canada.
If you are symptomatic, DO NOT attend the basic training. Symptoms include: coughing, sneezing, sore throat, fever, and difficulty breathing. If you have a flu or cold, do not attend the training. You can make an arrangement with me directly to attend a training at a later date.
If you have travelled outside Canada within 3 weeks / 21 days of the training, you must not attend if you have had any symptoms listed above during this time. If you have travelled outside Canada within 14 days of the training you must have a doctors note showing you test negative for the Coronavirus. ** I encourage you to have travel insurance if you are flying or travelling by any public means in case Canada or your airline changes policy and makes it impossible for you to get to the training. You can obtain current health information from the following site: Healthlink BC If you are attending, please continue with the recommendations below. ON site, we will be working to be sure best sanitary practices are followed.
How to Reduce the Risk of Illness
COVID-19 is spread like the flu, so we can help ourselves and each other by:
Properly washing our hands for 20-30 seconds.
If you can’t get to a sink, use an antiseptic gel, thoroughly clean your hands, and let them air dry.
Don’t touch your face and then touch surfaces – wash your hands first.
Don’t sneeze or cough into the open air. If you have to sneeze or cough, do it into the crook of your arm or a tissue and dispose the tissue.
Because germs rest on things, minimize touching commonly used surfaces. If you must touch a surface (like dialing a conference call), consider using your knuckle instead of fingers.
Let’s avoid shaking hands, or hugs, for a while. That may sound extreme but it’s a good way to reduce the spread of germs.