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SOLACE

PSYCHOLOGY

EDMONTON PSYCHOLOGIST

COVID-19 UPDATE: to help the community, your first session will be offered at a reduced rate

This is offered as a means to determine appropriate fit for services. To respect social distancing guidelines, sessions are via phone or video at this time.

Solace Psychology

Located in South Edmonton, Solace Psychology, offers a place of comfort, growth and hope.

When life becomes overwhelming and turbulent, we can feel alone and isolated. I am here to weather the storm with you and help you find a place of solace and safety.

I take pride in helping clients see results. I truly listen to you and your needs. Whether you’re hoping to process the stressors in your life, learn practical tools and strategies to overcome hardships, or discover your inner strengths and resiliency, I am here for you.

Vanessa Goodchild, B.Sc., M.C.

REGISTERED PSYCHOLOGIST in EDMONTON

EMDR THERAPIST

FOUNDER & DIRECTOR OF SOLACE PSYCHOLOGY

The PhilosophY

OF SOLACE PSYCHOLOGY

I genuinely believe that everyone has the potential to overcome their challenges with proper guidance and practical, tangible tools that have been proven to actually work. The heart of my work is based on compassion, trust, warmth, and professionalism.

My goal is to help you transform anxiety, depression, loneliness, and fear into self-love, meaning, and joy.

I will work collaboratively with you to unpack the root of your problems, heal past wounds, and create healthier patterns of thinking, responding, and living. 


You  really can build a life worth living.

Core Values

OF SOLACE PSYCHOLOGY

I truly care about you and want counselling to be a life-enhancing journey. I know how important it is for you to find a psychologist who you mesh with – one who is genuine, respectful, and professional, yet real and authentic - which is what you can expect when working with me.

compassion & honesty

I bring my authentic self to session. Clients have described me as caring, compassionate, approachable, respectful, and knowledgeable. I genuinely care for the wellbeing of each client and family that I work with, and I'm committed to helping you achieve overall wellness and balance in your life.

REAL RESULTS

To overcome your hardships and take control of your life, you must set yourself up for success. I will work with you to collaboratively develop therapeutic goals and will work to the best of my ability to ensure that you get lasting, life-changing results.

PROEFESSIONAL INTEGRITY

At Solace Psychology, I provide the highest standard of care to my clients, ensuring that you are receiving the most out of counselling. Your information is confidential and treated with the utmost care. My work is heavily rooted in best ethical practice and I am an active member of various psychological associations across North America. Ongoing professional development is highly valued, as I consistently partake and speak in mental health conferences, trainings, and research.

VALUABLE TOOLS & LEARNING

I am qualified in many effective, evidence-based therapeutic approaches to best suit your needs. I do not believe in the “one modality fits all” approach, as everyone brings unique experiences and strengths to the table. When working with me, you will not only gain personal insight, but also learn valuable tools and techniques to address your specific challenges.

MEET VANESSA

Vanessa Goodchild, B.Sc., M.C.

Registered Psychologist in Edmonton

EMDR Therapist

Founder & Clinical Director of Solace Psychology

Hello, I’m Vanessa Goodchild, a Registered Psychologist, providing psychological counselling services in South Edmonton.

I have been working in the mental health industry for over a decade with children, teens, and adults who are struggling with anxiety, depression, addiction, ADHD, life transitions, trauma-related symptoms and other mental health concerns. I am also passionate about working with couples and families as relational challenges can often become too difficult to resolve on our own. Having a safe place to voice your concerns and express your emotions can be so powerful. We often get lost in our past hurts and are unable to communicate effectively with those we love, which is where effective, non-judgmental guidance can be helpful.

My practice is grounded in respect, integrity, and genuine care for my clients. As I have learned how to manage my own stress and anxiety levels, my psychological expertise is authentic and experiential, and does not just come from a textbook. 

I believe in utilizing an integrative approach to therapy as everyone’s life story is different. We will work together to develop effective goals to work towards and I will draw from a variety of therapeutic modalities, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Mindfulness, and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), among others.

I have always enjoyed helping people through their darkest times so that they can find true meaning in their lives. My professional experience ranges from working in an intensive outpatient clinic for addiction and trauma, to providing short and long-term therapy for community agencies and private practices, to developing and implementing treatment programs across Canada. I have also designed and led psychoeducational groups and support groups for children, parents, and adults.

In my spare time I love to keep active outdoors, practice yoga, travel, and spend time with my husband, our dog, Bronx, and family and friends.

SPECIALIZED TRAINING AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI)
  • Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Training
  • Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Training 
  • Substance Awareness & Concurrent Disorders
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Abuse Prevention & Response Protocol
  • Positive Behaviour Supports

Academic Credentials

  • Bachelor of Science, with Specialization in Psychology, University of Alberta
  • Master of Counselling Psychology, City University of Seattle

"It is amazing to see the tremendous growth in children and adults as they discover their full potential and begin to believe in themselves again."

Vanessa Goodchild

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