DR. CORINNE BORBRIDGE AUSTIN Ph.D., Registered Psychologist
I have learned a great deal in my 20 years as a Psychologist but one thing remains constant – I am honoured to journey with people as they transform towards wellness, to offer compassionate presence and therapeutic knowing during times of struggle. I believe that people are both amazing and messy at the same time. My role is to meet people where they are so that we can find a way to live deeply in the “amazing” while easing the “messy.”
I work with teens, adults, and couples and I have special interests in relationships, attachment, anxiety, trauma, sexuality, grief, and supporting families with ill or special needs children. I draw on several different approaches to therapy depending on what clients need. My work is particularly influenced by advanced training in Hakomi, a therapy approach that integrates cognitive, emotional and physiological realms as sources of knowing. I find Hakomi especially powerful in those times where the hurts seem “stuck” – where our insight and logic are not enough to move us to new ways of being.
I completed my doctorate in Counselling Psychology at the University of Calgary in 2000. I continue to learn through attending professional training, journeying with clients, and maintaining an endless curiosity about the human experience. I also teach graduate students in Counselling Psychology at University of Calgary and City University. Teaching enhances the clarity and purpose of what I do and gives me the opportunity to share my passion for this work.
So… healer, seeker, teacher… add in mama-bear, wife, daughter and friend and you have me in a nutshell. Please get in touch if you have any other questions.
What issues do I help with?
- Anxiety and depression
- Coping with life stressors and transitions
- Parenting medical or special needs children
- Grief, including loss of a child
- Adolescent girls
- Relationship issues
- Family of origin patterns
- Couple adjustment, including healing from infidelity
- Parenting transitions, including post-partum depression
- Attachment trauma
- Personal growth and identity development
- Sexual desire and satisfaction
- Sexual orientation and identity
- Abuse and sexual violence
- Chronic illness
Who do I work with?
- Individuals, couples, and families (up to 3 members at a time).
- Adults and adolescents age 13 and up.
What is my “style” of counselling?
- I draw from a variety of approaches depending on clients’ needs, including Hakomi, Mindfulness, Attachment, and Cognitive-Behavioural Therapies. I am constantly guided by principles of non-violence and mind-body integration.
- Learn more about Hakomi therapy at www.hakomiinstitute.com.
When am I available?
- My office days are Mondays and Thursdays and I have daytime, late afternoon and evening appointments.
- I respond to emails within a few hours except on weekends and holidays when my response time might be longer.
What are the fees?
- I charge $190 per hour as recommended by the Psychologists' Association of Alberta. I can accept cash, cheque, or eTransfer.
- I will issue a receipt with my Registered Psychologist number on it. Fees can be reimbursed by extended health benefits – check with your plan for details – and can sometimes be written off on income tax as a medical expense.
- I charge for phone consultations longer than 15 minutes and for missed appointments