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Crystal Derry

R.T.C., Transformational Counsellor

Register Therapeutic Counsellor

Transformation & Leadership Coach

CSEP Certified Personal Trainer

Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Instructor

What is the perpetual story of your life? The perpetual, swirling story is created through fear. Identifying your fears and challenging them can start you on the journey to a more peaceful you.

In the midst of difficulty lies opportunity.
— Albert Einstein

Approach to Counselling

I help clients move past talking about their experience to processing through it. The goal is never "coping with" but "moving past" - thriving, not surviving.


My clients describe me as calm, helpful, easy to talk to, and most of all express that they feel understood. Counselling and therapy with me is based upon a relationship of trust and respect. You will set the pace, and I will help you to increase your understanding and perspective on the issues of concern. From there we will work on building your own personal resources to address, respond to, make choices about, and deal with those issues. 

Although I am happy to meet with you in the usual counseling setting, I also offer an exciting alternative of Walk Talk Therapy.

Walk Talk Therapy, just as the name suggests, combines walking and talking. It gets you out of the counselling office and gets you moving your body as you explore your concerns. Research findings suggest that exercise significantly impacts anxiety and stress and tends to improve overall mood. It is clear that walking is not only good for your physical health but your mental health as well. Many clients find that Walk Talk Therapy is a more relaxed experience, encourages healthy activity and also compliments their fitness goals.

Why choose Walk Talk Therapy?

  • Talk Talk Therapy gets you moving—both literally and figuratively.

  • Walk Talk Therapy is an excellent choice if you are going through a life transition, have anxiety, are experiencing loss or grief, as well as other challenges.

  • You set the pace of the session. Walk Talk Therapy will match your speed whether you prefer a relaxing, meditative session or a faster-paced session.

  • Research studies have demonstrated that physical activity can enhance both the mental and physical health of clients.  Physical activity has also been linked to reduced levels of depression and anxiety and can help to alleviate depressive symptoms.

  • You may find that looking forward rather than directly at a therapist may help you open up.

Kate Hays Ph.D., author of Working It Out: Using Exercise in Psychotherapy, there are three critical reasons for combining exercise and therapy:

  • It encourages clients to be more physically active for mental and physical reasons.

  • It helps clients get “unstuck” as they face difficult issues.

  • It stimulates creative, more profound ways of thinking enhanced by mood-improving physical activity.

 

Specialties in counselling

Counselling Issues

  • Self-Esteem / Self Growth

  • Body Issues & Body Image

  • Managing Chronic Pain

  • Mental Training

  • Athletic Performance Issues

  • Emotional

  • Anxiety

  • Stress Management

  • Communication & Conflict Resolution

  • Dependency & Co-Dependency

  • Control Issues

  • Boundaries

  • Transitions Counseling

  • Women’s Issues

  • Trauma

  • Forgiveness

Counselling Approaches

  • Walk Talk Therapy

  • Health & Wellness Counselling

  • Individual Counseling

Types of Therapy

  • Solution-Focused

  • Interpersonal

  • Cognitive Behavioural

  • Existential Therapy

  • Family Systems Therapy

  • Gestalt Therapy

  • Short-Term

  • Long-Term

  • Psychodrama

  • Spiritual Therapy

  • Narrative Therapy

 

ACCT – Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists of Canada