Elizabeth Groat (She/Her/Hers)
Registered Provisional Psychologist

The nature of human existence is that no matter how hard one endeavours to avoid difficulties, everyone will experience challenging times, thoughts, feelings, emotions and pain. Through this reality, I feel that people can embrace their inner wisdom and cultivate the life they hope to live despite the broad range of human emotions we must all navigate. By identifying one’s inner strengths to engage in life meaningfully, people can experience a more intentional and richer existence, fulfilling their innate desire to live their best life even when they face hardships.

Individual (Adults, Teen, Children), Family, and Couple Counselling

Anxiety & Depression

Mental Health Disorders

Other Areas

Child & Youth

Women’s Mental Health & Perinatal Mental Health

Gender Affirming Care

Couples


Approach

My therapeutic approach is both behaviourally and cognitively oriented, focusing on harnessing one’s most powerful sources of coping and resilience. Through this, I have found that many individuals thrive and embrace life utilizing the principles of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy or ACT in tandem with self-compassion guidance. Additionally, to support healing and growth in desired domains, I endeavour to provide a multidisciplinary approach tailored to each client’s unique needs and goals. Such perspectives include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Client-Centred Therapy, Narrative Therapy and Somatic Experience approaches. Moreover, I value that we are all experts in managing our own lives, and our work together is a partnership rooted in equality and collaboration. Finally, I am committed to supporting diversity and inclusion for all. 

 

Certifications

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) For Beginners
  • The Expert Psychological Interagency Clinical Network (EPIC): Master Clinician Training 2022 & 2023
  • Healthy Minds Healthy Children Outreach Services Child and Adolescent Addiction, Mental Health & Psychiatry Program: Suicidal Ideation Protocol
  • Alberta GSA 2021, 2022: University of Alberta/ fYrefly in Schools
  • Inclusive Education (ERLC)
  • Parts Work For Treating Complex Trauma: Somatic Techniques To Decrease Defensiveness And Facilitate Trauma Processing
  • The Body Keeps Score – Trauma Healing Through The Senses
  • Pregnancy and Infant Loss: Effective Strategies to Support Grief and Treat Trauma, Anxiety, and Depression in Bereaved Families
  • The Mental Load: Therapeutic Interventions To Guide Couples In Redistributing The Invisible Labor Of Daily Life And Rebuilding Connection
  • Indigenous Healing: Truth & Reconciliation
  • Mental Health First Aid
  • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention

Fun Facts About Elizabeth

  1. My first career was as a junior and senior high school teacher; I enjoyed teaching inclusive education, social studies, psychology and legal studies during this time.

  2. I avidly participate in self-compassion work; we often struggle to show ourselves kindness, but this act of love can be our greatest source of healing and resilience.

  3. My favourite quote that guides me through my most challenging days is: “A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.” -Lao Tzu

Services

Family on a therapy

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