About Cindy Mason, Registered Psychologist
I am a Registered Psychologist and work with adults and adolescents for individual therapy. I work from a person-centered, compassionate approach, primarily using EMDR therapy and Cognitive Behavioural therapy, with some Solution-Focused, Somatic Experiencing, and Emotion-Focused therapies as helpful.
I strive to create a caring, safe, collaborative, and non-judgemental environment for clients to explore growth and change. I believe clients have strength, resiliency, and resources to work through life’s challenges, as well as the ability to learn new perspectives, skills, and resources when necessary. I help guide clients to enhance personal growth, healthy habits, and meet identified goals.
From small to big life experiences, some of these can leave a lasting trauma impact that shape our emotional, physical, and behavioural responses in ways that interfere with living life optimally. This can look like anxiety and/or panic, depression, feeling overwhelmed, difficulties with sleep and concentration, having a hard time with boundaries, experiencing anger, and more. Trauma, whether big or small, can come from many different life experiences, such as motor vehicle accidents, loss (in many forms), sexual/physical/emotional abuse, difficult childhoods, bullying, challenging relationships, and more. Symptoms from these lasting experiences can be overwhelming and confusing. I can help you navigate through this and move towards a deeper and more meaningful path of healing, and to more current and optimal ways of living your life.
Training & Qualifications
I have a Master Degree in Counselling Psychology and with over ten years of training, experience, and volunteering, I have extensive knowledge dealing with issues of trauma, anxiety, panic, depression, phobias, stress management, suicide, grief, boundaries, assertiveness, and self esteem. I constantly attend workshops and training seminars to expand my knowledge and experience to give clients specialized, therapeutic treatment based on research-informed practice.
I am a member of the following associations:
- College of Alberta Psychologists
- Canadian Psychological Association
- Alberta Psychologists Competence Co-operative
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing International Association
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Canada
Areas of Interest & Specialty
- Trauma – which may include experiences such as:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Physical, emotional, and/or sexual abuse
- Breaches of trust in relationships
- Grief and loss
- Boundaries and assertiveness
- Self Esteem
Am I the Best Therapist for You?
- I take a non-judgemental and collaborative approach to therapy, and appreciate when you can participate in talking about what is working and not working for you.
- As a therapist, I am calm and compassionate and can be direct and directive when needed, usually in a gentle way. I like to be transparent with you about what therapy is going to look like and what the benefits and challenges are and how these will impact your life.
- I typically work best with a client who wants to understand and work on resolving the root of their issues for more permanent, positive changes, rather than engage solely in symptom management.
- Primarily, I work with evidence-based strategies (i.e. EMDR, CBT).