Erin Newman, M.Ed
I work from a holistic and trauma informed approach using the lens of attachment theory, which examines how our childhood relationships shape our emotional world. Within this framework, I infuse many different strategies to support a variety of concerns, including relationship breakdown and loss, trauma, anxiety, depression, fertility, parenting struggles, recovery from narcissistic abuse, ADHD, and more. My way of viewing wellness and healing tends to be spiritual, artful, and somatic. My aim is for you to feel seen and heard throughout the therapy process and to work toward the feeling of genuine connection and fulfillment.
Before entering the field of psychology, I spent some time learning about alternative and holistic forms of health. From there, I studied at MacEwan University and the University of Alberta, where I received my Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology. Currently, I am working on a PhD in Secondary Education, where I continue to learn about alternative forms of healing – particularly indigenous ways of wellbeing. My friends tell me I will be a student forever – I place a lot of value on continued learning in order to best support my clients.
I have worked as a mental health therapist in junior high and high schools and have maintained a private practice for several years, in which I work with children, teens, adults, and couples. I am trained in Somatic Experiencing, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Internal Family Systems (IFS) Synergetic Play Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Emotion Focused Family Therapy, Gottman Method for Couples Therapy, and iam a Circle of Security Parenting Facilitator and a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist. I have also taken numerous workshops in areas such as sandtray therapy and art therapy.
As a mom of a busy 9 year old – spare time is rare! However, one passion I carve out time for is in the art of dance. I am currently an artist with a wonderful group that invites differently abled bodies to collaboratively create performance pieces, and I am a Ukrainian dancer. I also really enjoy connecting with my Indigenous (Metis) spirituality and forms of art making.