Celebrating Our Return to Summerland!
After nine months away, playing in the hot springs and dense forests of the Kootenays, while focusing on growing new skills and certifications that include designations in Trauma and Integrated Mental Health Care, and bonding with my new therapy dog, Ash, I am excited to be returning to the sights and sounds of Summerland and the small, soothing space of our therapy office on December 10!
Reinvigorated, I am looking forward to introducing you to Ash and helping him develop in his role as a gentle comfort and support to individuals and families. I am also thrilled to be unveiling a refreshed office and new therapy groups.
Similar to the intensive DBT-based BED group, "Break the Binge", in 2018, new groups will focus on providing education, supports, and skills for understanding, coping with, and recovering from Binge Eating Disorders and Body Image. Separate groups will be available for Adolescents and Adults in 2020. Groups will take up to 10-participants, and registration fees will be reduced to make the groups accessible.
Another exciting add-on will include brief Eco-therapy groups that blend Mindfulness and Somatic-based therapies with the tranquility of nature. Effective for increasing connection, interoception (inner awareness) and improving emotional regulation, these small groups will assist individuals wishing to create positive change around Body Image and Anxiety disorders.
If participating in these new groups or meeting with me individually in the Summerland office with Ash sound like a fit for you, I look forward to hearing from you and learning more about how I can help you to meet your therapy goals and greater freedom with food, relationships, and your body.
I am in the office Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 am to 7 pm, and Fridays, 10 am to 2 pm and welcome you contact me by phone at 250-859-8671, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org .
We look forward to connecting with you.
Michele & Ash
Welcome Canine Co-therapist, Ash!
We are happy to introduce you to, Ash, the newest member of therapy team at ELEMENTAL!
Ash is a calm, quiet Pyrador (Lab and Great Pyranese mix) who loves meeting and being with people. The Pyrador is said to be an intelligent, friendly, and loyal colleague. Though in the early stages of his training, I look forward to Ash joining us in sessions for many years to come!
Michele & Ash
ELEMENTAL Psychotherapy & Support Services
We are excited to announce the official opening of Elemental Psychotherapy in Nakusp, on
Saturday, April 6th!.
Visits are by appointment only at
Office is located at:
422 .9th Avenue
BIG NEWS!! ELEMENTAL Psychotherapy is moving!
ELEMENTAL Psychotherapy is moving March 16 2019! We are relocating to the gorgeous hills and hot springs of Nakusp, BC. Nakusp is a tiny town with a wonderful history that offers enormous beauty and outdoor areas for play, health, and healing. Building on last years' Therapy Groups, such as "Break The Binge" and "Finding Your Power, not Perfection" and workshops on Emotional Regulation and Mindfulness-based Coping, the fabulous landscape of Nakusp will present even greater opportunities for taking individual and group therapy practices outdoors. We are excited and looking forward to hearing from you and having you join us on your quest for greater health and happiness!
Stay tuned for up dates on our new Nakusp office location!
Nakusp mountains in winter offer fantastic snowshoeing, hiking, and cross country skiing experiences, and lakes provide paddling year round.
Nakusp's natural hot springs are a soothing delight for any body across the seasons!
Nakusp indoor hot springs and spas may be a consideration if a little luxury is your preference. Discover more by visiting Nakusp Hot Spings:
"We cannot see our reflection in running water. It is only in still water that we can see." Taoist Proverb
Elemental's BED Group - Fall 2018
Group Therapy Opportunities
SPRING 2019 - BED GROUP REGISTRATION BEGINS FEB 12, 2019
Dirty boots, at the end of a weekend there is nothing like them. A good dusting of sand, mud, or wet gritty leaves is a reward and reminder that we did something meaningful and different from the everyday. It’s not just that we went adventuring in our backyard. No, at the end of a long week mucking about the trails helps us to disconnect from the everyday and reconnect to an inherent and elemental part of ourselves.
Escaping into nature, into the sounds of rushing water, rustling leaves, and the chorus of song birds for a few hours is a vacation to our senses and nervous system. Immersing ourselves in nature takes us away from those busy, worried thoughts that tend to plague us and allows us to just BE. Because moving from stone to stone, grasping open branches to balance our stride while navigating a new direction requires a state of being fully and truly present.
In a way, the spontaneous experience of clambering up rocky trails not only helps us to be present, and attain those beautiful dirty boots, the playfulness we find there is a kin to being a kid again and playing in some woody backyard unburdened by the responsibilities that come with maturity. Nature is our grown-up playground and going home with those dirty boots is our reward, our improved sense of self and an invitation of, where to next?
May the Force (of Nature) Be With You,