My name is Rod Woitas. I am a Registered Psychologist in the Province of Alberta and a Registered Clinical Counselor in the Province of British Columbia. My observations as an educator, school counselor, clinical counselor, and psychologist provide a different perspective that may help you gain a better understanding of how to better cope and manage the ups and downs we experience in our lives.
Leaning on the lived experiences of my life and the lived experiences of others I have worked with, provides me with more insight into the struggles we all have, and some of the solutions to the problems that we all hope to find.
I effectively work with anxiety, depression, anger management, school and work-related stress, relationship issues (parent-teen conflicts, couples counseling), self-esteem, and addictions.
I am a warm, caring individual with a good heart for helping others. My commitment is to actively use my training and experience to help meet my clients’ goals. Successful treatment will be a direct result of fostering a positive working relationship built on trust, honesty, and a spirit of collaboration.
I am currently working at our office in Sherwood Park as well as our office in Vancouver.
As a therapist in private practice, my focus has been on helping clients develop coping strategies to deal with anxiety, anger, depression, relationship issues, parent/teen conflict, stress at work, and struggles at school. I also have experience helping couples communicate more effectively and repair damage from past issues.
Over the last 7 years, I have expanded my practice to include couples counseling. This expansion involved additional education, training, and supervision. Couples counseling is an area that I really enjoy. There is nothing better than helping a couple reconnect and find happiness once again.
As a school psychologist, my focus was on identifying the learning needs of children, adolescents, and young adults. We use Psycho-educational Assessments such as the Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence (WPPSI-IV), the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC-V), and the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS-IV). The Wechsler Individual Achievement Test (WIAT-III) is also used to assist with diagnosis, eligibility, placement, and decisions regarding interventions. I now refer my assessments to Patti Fedor.
My new book, Life in the Past Lane is a book that focuses on better days ahead. Breaking free from issues, problems, and concerns from our past that we continue to trip over in our day-to-day lives. Learning how to think about things in a different way, being more aware and more willing to make adjustments to make things better for us and our loved ones. Strategies to better cope and manage the stress, anxiety, depression, and relationship dynamics in our lives.
Life in the Past Lane (paperback & ebook version) is now available on Book Baby. https://store.bookbaby.com/book/Life-In-The-Past-Lane
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Effectively works with individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, addictions, life stressors, self-esteem, trauma, PTSD, and grief and loss.
My approach to the work I do is holistic and eclectic. I believe that different approaches are effective for different people and it is important to recognize individual strengths and values which in turn can guide the therapeutic approach and process. It is important to have a flexible and non-judgmental attitude to helping people work through their presenting struggles and concerns. I appreciate the various theories of psychology and believe they all have their place, personally I tend to work within a cognitive behaviour, mindfulness, and humanistic Rogerian framework.
I have an extensive history working in the field of addictions and mental health with related major life areas. I have also worked in the areas of Corrections and Rehabilitation and am comfortable and competent in working with diverse populations.
I am certified in EMDR therapy and trained in CBT and Mindfulness. I believe my training and experience offers me the ability to help others in need, which is congruent with the feedback I have received. I believe that each of us need to work on our mental health, just as we work on other aspects of our overall health, and none of us are immune to struggles in life in which we need professional support. Wishing each of you wellness in your life!
I am a registered psychologist with 15 years experience working with children and adolescents. I work hard to create a safe and caring environment with my warm and nurturing approach to guiding and supporting children and adolescents. I incorporate art, talk, books and play therapy techniques to help my clients explore and express their thoughts and feelings helping them discover better ways to cope with these emotions.
As an educator and school counsellor, I have a wealth of experience supporting children, adolescents and families with social and emotional development, personal issues, special needs education, behaviour and learning challenges. I believe in honouring the unique individual with authenticity and positive regard.
My warm and nurturing nature helps me develop excellent rapport with youngsters and creates a safe and caring space to help. I have enjoyed extensive training with the Rocky Mountain Play Therapy Institute, and incorporate play therapy techniques and creative modalities such as art, play and bibliotherapy in my practice.