Carol D. B. Whaley, MSW, RSW
Counselling and Psychotherapy
I have practiced short term counselling and long term psychotherapy for individuals; couples, families and groups, with children, youth and adults for over 16 years.
I began my journey as a therapist working in Child Protection Services in Ontario helping children, youth and families in abusive situations, attending court and providing counselling to all members of the family.
I then travelled out West where I acquired my Master of Social Work from UBC specializing in Employee Assistance Programming.
After my degree I was hired as the Coordinator of the Employee Assistance Program for the Calgary Board of Education where I administered the program while supervising staff, conducting training workshops and providing direct short and long term counselling and psychotherapy to individuals, couples and families of all ages.
While there, I became an avid mountain climber, challenging myself extensively in the outdoors.
After a number of years in that position I decided to expand my personal world even more by travelling for 3 years alone around the world immersing myself in each culture, living with families in villages and cities, conducting personal development workshops in various organizations, and spending time in mindfulness retreats along the way.
The awakening and growth I acquired from that experience is beyond what words can fully achieve, but it opened my heart and mind exponentially to the diversity, value and uniqueness of each individual on this planet.
Upon returning I took a position with Brown/Crawshaw Inc, a large Employee Assistance Company in Vancouver where I provided: assessment, short and long term counselling and psychotherapy with individuals, couples, families and groups of all ages; community liaison and referral; as well as workshops on various topics to employees in a vast variety of organizations.
I have since raised 3 children as a single parent; homeschooling and parenting from an attachment perspective. We have travelled, worked in orphanages in places like Nepal, and experienced life fully together.
In more recent years I have been engaged in extensive training in Bodynamics; a form of Somatic Developmental Psychotherapy, completing a certificate in Healing Developmental Disruptions, engaging in extensive practice as a therapist as well as personal therapy. In my commitment to ongoing professional development I am continuing in the Bodynamic Practitioner Training program toward full certification.
I also practice yoga, dance and meditation as methods of somatic healing.
I am passionate about therapy as I have personally experienced, witnessed and facilitated immense healing through the therapeutic process. Human beings are social with a deep drive toward contact and connection.
Regardless of what we have experienced in life there is an accessible pathway for all of us back to the core of our being where a true sense of self worth, peace and contentment reside.
Education and Additional Certifications
Master of Social Work (MSW), University of British Columbia
Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology, McMaster University
Bachelor of Social Work (BSW), McMaster University
Bodynamics; one and a half year intensive training; Healing Developmental Disruptions, Bodynamic Institute, USA
Gestalt Therapy: one year advanced study, training and personal therapy, Western Institute of Gestalt Therapy
Transactional Analysis: two years advanced study, training and personal therapy. International Transactional Analysis Association
Redecision Therapy: advanced professional training and personal therapy with the Goulding Western Institute for Group and Family Therapy
Buddhism: Training and practice in Buddhist principles and meditation techniques
Registered with the British Columbia College of Social Workers (BCCSW) (Reg #14290)
British Columbia Association of Social Workers (BCASW)