Paige Cahill, MA
Mental Health Therapist
My background is in anti-sexual violence advocacy and supporting survivors of sexual violence, and this is one of my main area of expertise. I also specialize in working with those who have experienced religious trauma and are navigating the process of deconstruction. Finally, I love working with couples who are navigating difficulties in their relationships, and those navigating grief/loss, anxiety, depression, burn-out/compassion fatigue, and life transitions.
My Ideal Client
I work with individuals (10+), couples, and families. I especially love working with:
Clients with a history of sexual violence
Those who have experienced spiritual abuse or religious trauma
People who are navigating life transitions, chronic illness and/or pain
People struggling with grief, loss, anxiety, and depression
Neurodivergent couples and individuals
Marginalized individuals looking for a feminist/anti-oppressive therapist
Working with Me
My counselling style is couched in warmth, empathy, and compassion. In session, I am conversational, relaxed, and open, and I will often bring in humour! I bring my full self to each and every session and value authenticity; this means that when we connect, you can expect me to be open, empathetic, and genuine. I also believe that everyone is always doing their best in life with what they have available to them in the moment -- so you can expect me to celebrate and highlight your strengths. I also practice from a trauma-informed and person centred lens, which means I am constantly considering the ways in which our experiences of trauma impact our behaviours and ways of being, and I will always meet you where you are at, while allowing you to be in the "driver's seat".
I also endeavour to operate from an anti-oppressive lens in all that I do. In therapy, this can include (but is not limited to) recognizing the complex ways in which systems of oppression like racism, colonialism, homophobia, classism, etc., contribute to mental health difficulties, engaging in systems level advocacy, working to reduce the inherent power imbalance that exists between client and therapist, and -- perhaps most importantly -- holding myself accountable.
Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology
Emotionally Focused Therapy Externship
CCPA Student Member 11243953
Certified First Responders to Sexual Assault and Abuse Training Facilitator
Extensive Experience working with Survivors of Sexual Assault and Religious Trauma
When I'm not at YEG FC...
I live with my partner and our silly and chaotic cat Jeepers, who you will likely hear about at some point in session. If I'm not working, I'm probably reading fantasy novels, playing board games/RPGS with my friends, sewing, or listening to bad 80s music. I love to be in nature, and running is my exercise of choice! Some other things I love, in no particular order: space, cooking, Beatrix Potter, Lord of the Rings, pastel colours, making jokes, angel food cake, and escape rooms.