Trauma and PTSD
Dr. Artese believes that the client and their family lead change in therapy and the therapist works along side them to support and facilitate the change. Therapeutic style and approach varies based on the clients age and need of the family, and includes play, cognitive behavioral, and parent centered therapy.
Dr. Artese has a wide range of clinical experience diagnosing and treating various disorders. Dr. Artese has been trained heavily in treating complex psychological issues, including, PTSD, trauma, abuse and neglect, anxiety, depression, suicidal thinking and behaviors, ADHD, and behavioral disruptions with individuals ranging in age from 4-18.
I have advanced training in trauma therapy and use EMDR to help people heal. I successfully use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to treat depression and anxiety. I love to work with couples, and I use a Gottman approach to relationship counseling which is very effective in teaching people to strengthen their relationships and reduce conflict.
As an experienced psychologist, I use my years of experience to help my clients resolve their problems. Transitions in life are not always easy, and having support during difficult times can be helpful. My office is in a great location, accessible and has lots of free parking. Call me for a free telephone consultation.
I specialize in working with trauma loss and grief across the development spectrum. I see patients as young as five years old whom I engage in play therapy, adolescents and adults. I also treat depression and anxiety disorders. I see individual couples and families.
I provide services in Spanish. I also see patients from a variety of cultural backgrounds and ethnicities. I have developed some expertise in cross cultural issues.
Dr. Gilleta provides both brief therapy and long-term depth psychotherapy, integrating evidenced-based techniques in a sensitive manner that fits with where clients are in the change process. Her primary therapeutic orientation is psychodynamic. Dr. Gilleta works with adult clients on an individual basis.
My approach includes blending Eastern and Western somatic modalities with cognitive and trans-personal counselling psychology. With a strong focus on mindfulness, this process allows you to become aware of your thoughts, feelings, and sensations and how they manifest in your body. Somatic psychotherapy differs from traditional psychotherapy in that it explores and relies on the wisdom of the mind-body-spirit connection as a powerful gateway for healing, expanding awareness, and developing resilience.
The therapeutic relationship is a safe place for you to understand past issues and core beliefs as you gain insight and strength to address current challenges. Whether you prefer a psychodynamic approach or a mindfulness cognitive behavioural treatment (CBT) approach, counselling will assist you in resolving past issues and achieving your personal wellness goals.
I strive to offer a therapeutic space that is collaborative and non-judgemental. I balance understanding and accepting clients as they are with promoting positive change. I tailor therapy to clients’ specific needs, working primarily from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Mindfulness-based approaches.
My strong background in trauma, attachment, family systems and developmental needs enhances my work. I integrate CBT, Narrative, Solution Focused, Mindfullness, Play Therapy and other modalities. Together we will work from a strengths based perspective and will explore and remove obstacles to well-being. I often use creative means of expression to reach goals.
I bring a deep respect and appreciation for the uniqueness of each individual, attuned to their many strengths, hopes and dreams. Whether you are a parent concerned about your child, an adult seeking individual or marital counselling, or an individual seeking positive family changes, I will work with you collaboratively to achieve your goals.
I have been working in the counselling field since 1970, receiving my PhD in Counselling Psychology from The University of Alberta in 1992. I was licensed in California in 1980 as a Marriage, Family, and Child Therapist. In 1989 I became registered as a Psychologist in Alberta. I have completed levels I and II of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy training from the EMDR Institute in 1998.
I have over ten years of experience working with Complex PTSD, OCD, BPD, and other mental health issues. I specialize in helping people to redefine trauma, viewing it as incidents fostering beliefs, feelings and ways of being in the world which unless challenged, continue to drive our thoughts, feelings, behaviours.