My name is Audra Potter. I hold a Masters of Social Work from the University of Calgary and a Masters in Counseling Psychology from Yorkville University. I am a registered social worker with the Alberta College of Social Workers. For the last six years, I have worked in the areas of mental health and clinical social work. My experience working within the provincial health care system has taught me to view the challenges people face from a holistic perspective, meaning I see the personal and environmental influence on the problems we face, how we are able to cope with those problems, and the paths towards healing that are available to us.
My areas of focus have been working with adults experiencing mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, trauma, phobias, borderline personality disorder, transitions, relationship issues; loss and grief; and learning to adopt more effective habits and coping in life. The foundation of my approach is based on dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and cognitive behavior therapy (CBT). However, I pull, heavily, from strengths-based and narrative influences. I also focus on trauma work through the use of accelerated resolution therapy (ART).
I believe in a collaborative approach with my clients. We work as team to get you to your goals and better mental wellness. I see therapy as an active process that depends on contribution by both therapist and client.