Hollie Trobak M.C.
Founder and Director
I started my career on the front lines of mental health in a psychiatric hospital to help people with severe mental illness. Since then I have worked primarily in private practice with children and adults with various concerns. I particularly enjoy helping children heal and witnessing families change and grow for the better. Moreover, my front line work experience and personal military upbringing has nurtured a special interest for helping front line workers including first responders, health care professionals, military personnel, Veterans, and RCMP with the challenges they face.
Genuine compassion, empathy, and humor…especially humor, are fundamental components of my clinical practice, which I use to honor and support people towards healing and growth. When combined together, the healing force created is a ‘game changer’ in people’s lives. My approach to psychotherapy is person centered (congrats, you are unique! Your therapy should be too), grounded in attachment theory (relationships are our friend! Don’t argue…everyone needs a friend) and developmental psychology (we all go through life changes, change sucks, but it’s true). This means I believe that understanding our own individuality, our pattern of connection to each other and how we change over the course of our life guides our path to wellness.
So what can I do?
I am experienced in professional consulting, development of psycho-educational workshops, lecturing, and various formal assessments for mood disorders, behavioural concerns, problematic substance use and general psychopathology.
In regards to counselling and psychotherapy, I am very comfortable working with a variety of modalities including: talk therapy, narrative, CBT, solution focused, harm reduction, biofeedback, art therapy, play therapy, play assisted, thera-play, sandtray, sensory processing and somatic work. Therapy is unique to each person and is collaboratively developed based on what modality resonates best within each individual.
The most important Credential!
Bare with me as I walk you through my credentials, I am a Registered Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists and a member of the Psychologist Association of Alberta. I have a Bachelors of Psychology from the University of Alberta and a Masters of Counselling from City University of Seattle. However, the most important credential I have is that I am a regular person, this is important to remember when starting therapy as it can be pretty intimidating sorting through all the credentials, specialties and degrees out there.
Just keep in mind…..
In the end effective therapy and healing is about building a safe, trusting relationship, a ‘healing relationship’ with another person.
Seriously, it’s true.
Also, be forewarned, I laugh at my own jokes.