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Affirmative Therapy in Calgary 

Helping you embrace your unique identities

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You want to be proud of all parts of you.

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You have faced struggles because of your gender, sexuality, or identity.


You might be afraid of judgment or rejection.


Maybe you feel othered, targeted, confused, exposed, or invisible.

Sometimes you wish you could just show up and not have to explain yourself.


You might be dealing with:

  • discrimination

  • isolation
  • stereotypes
  • dysmorphia
  • trauma


You want to be fully accepted and included.

Affirmative Therapy is a person-centered approach that values and respects diverse identities and expressions.

Affirming therapy seeks to create a safe space for exploration and self-discovery.

When you move at your own pace without external pressure, you can build a relationship where you can reveal your insecurities or hidden parts.

In affirmative therapy, you are the expert of your body and life.


An LGBTQ+ friendly therapist can help you build your sense of confidence and belonging.

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Affirming therapy can help you love your whole self. 

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You can understand and accept who you are with self-compassion.


When you understand what happened and how you reacted in a stressful experience, you can develop new responses and beliefs.

Our brains are amazing - it's never too late to change how we process information and form new connections.

It is possible to adapt and grow your capacity to tolerate stimuli that used to trigger you.

You can go back to places and activities that bring you joy and fullness.

What if you could...

  • increase awareness

  • reduce sensitivity

  • feel more secure

  • stay in the present

  • trust yourself

A good EMDR therapist helps you work through negative experiences or beliefs with kindness and compassion.

You can feel confident you will be supported through the process of EMDR with the primary focus on you and what you need as a person.


Counselling gives you a space to explore your stories, memories, and patterns with curiosity and acceptance.


You can keep what serves you and let go of what isn't working for you anymore.

EMDR therapy can help you resolve:

  • intrusive thoughts or images

  • panic attacks

  • flashbacks or nightmares

  • hypervigilance

  • anxiety or pain

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At Therapy Alberta, you don't have to relive or talk about the specifics of your stressful experiences.

A safe counselling space for the rollercoaster of emotions

You can expect to follow a structured but flexible plan with your counsellor.


EMDR therapy is three stage approach that does not require you tell your story or talk about the details. 

All of our EMDR therapists prioritize creating a supportive therapeutic space with you.

​You can build a relationship with a trauma-informed therapist who values whole person care

EMDR can help people struggling with:

  • anxiety or depression

  • loss and grief

  • pain or slow physical recovery

  • traumatic responses

  • unexpected reactions

We offer exclusively online EMDR so you can connect to a therapist anywhere in Calgary and across Alberta.

The best EMDR therapist to meet your needs might live in a different area.


We love online therapy because it's convenient and flexible. EMDR is effective online and sometimes better when you are in your own space.

You'll love online therapy if you are:

  • a little nervous about going to therapy

  • most comfortable in a familiar place

  • choosing a therapist based on your preferences

  • okay skipping the commute and physical meeting

We build great relationships online and sometimes the distance makes it a little easier to explore and process vulnerable parts of your trauma.


Our therapists offer evening and weekend appointments to fit your lifestyle.

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You can break free from fear and pain.

You might still have some questions or concerns about EMDR Therapy...

What is EMDR?

EDMR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a researched and proven approach to therapy that supports clients through three stages: Stabilization & Resourcing, Processing, and Integration. EMDR uses bilateral stimulation (sight, sound, or touch) to activate both sides of the brain to reprocess memories and beliefs that were not adaptively integrated into the mind and body.

What is trauma?

Trauma is anything that overwhelms a person's internal capacity to cope. Everyone experiences events differently, and if threat or harm is perceived and prevents the body or mind from integrating or releasing the stress, the effects of the trauma can linger for decades.


What is a trauma-informed therapist?

Trauma-informed therapists understand the impact of negative experiences on a person’s body and mind. They recognize your emotions, thoughts, and behaviors are the ways you have learned to cope with stress and trauma. They know how to facilitate recovery, and practice in a way that reduces the likelihood of causing further harm. Trauma-informed therapists provide safety and choice at every step of the process and prioritize building a secure therapeutic relationship - the basis for healing.

What is whole person care?

We see your whole person – mind, body, emotion and identities. How you respond now makes sense when you consider the whole picture, including your past and present relationships. No one develops alone without the influence of other people, culture, society, and history, so of course we need help learning to grow in new ways. That's why we're here for you.

How much does EMDR Therapy cost?

Our EMDR therapy sessions are $200 with a psychologist and $150 with a counsellor per 50-minute session. Extended sessions are available. We offer direct billing for most insurance companies with a psychologist, or a receipt to claim for re-imbursement or as a medical expense on your taxes. Sliding scale fees are available.

Meet our EMDR Therapists in Calgary and Alberta:

Elizabeth Muia EMDR Therapist Calgary Alberta


I have training in EMDR and integrate my practice with CBT and DBT. I especially love to support individuals after MVA or racial traumas. Book a free consultation today.

Jennifer Hrstic EMDR Therapist Calgary Alberta


I have training in EMDR and integrate my practice with ACT and CBT. I especially love to support individuals with vicarious trauma, chronic pain or illness. Book a free consultation today.

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