Gita Ward, BA, MSW, RCSW Registered Clinical Social Worker
Video about Gita Ward helping an ex-soldier with PTSD. Please see full article at the bottom of the page. “Gita gave a damn. My life was saved. My life was spared. ‘Thank you,’ is very small in words, but the meaning in my world is vast.”
About Gita Ward
I am the founder of True Living Counselling & Coaching Inc. I enjoy working in an empathetic and collaborative manner in order to provide you with individualistic service that best suits your needs. I am honoured to be a part of many peoples' journeys to personal growth and wellness. My work energizes me as I see the potential for achieving a life worth living and goals worth achieving. My clients tell me that I am very understanding and non-judgmental and surprised by how fast they feel better by attending therapy.
I work with adults and teens who are presenting with a variety of issues and concerns such as addictions, depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), relationships, anger management, life stress, self-harm, trauma and suicidal ideation. I am also available for general concerns where you may need someone to talk things out with.
I look forward to hearing your story and connecting with you.
My Professional Experience
I have been working in a variety of mental health, addiction and social settings for over 15 years and have a passion for the field. I have extensive experience providing counselling services to various populations in mental health and addictions. I have worked in inpatient, outpatient and community settings. I currently work with Alberta Health Services as a Registered Clinical Social Worker providing counselling/psychological services to the adult population.
Education and Training
I graduated from the University of Prince Edward with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and I have a Master's degree in Clinical Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University. I strive for ongoing professional development and have completed the following training:
Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART)- Calgary, AB. OSI Clinic
Attachment Focused Advanced EMDR- Emdria approved- Calgary, AB. with Dr. Laurel Parnel
Certificate in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)- Calgary, AB. with Sue Genest
Advanced Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) for Anxiety, Depression and Trauma- Banff, AB. with David Burns
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional Training- Online with PESI
I am registered with the Alberta College of Social Workers as a Clinical Social Worker and authorized to Perform Restricted Activities- As a clinical social worker I completed 1600 supervised hours post Masters and passed a clinical social work exam - RSW # 10830
I love to travel the world to meet new people and learn about all of the amazing cultures the world has to offer. I am a proud mother of an amazing son whom loves to travel as well. I love to spend time with my family and my dog, Walter. I strongly believe in giving back to the community and building stronger communities through education, so I started an ongoing bi-yearly scholarship for GED graduates to pursue higher education. I am also part of the 100 Women Who Care in Foothills who donate to Local Charities four times a year. I am originally from the East Coast and do enjoy going home to Prince Edward Island once a year to visit the ocean, red sands, family, and eating delicious PEI potatoes, mussels and lobster.
True Living Counselling & Coaching Inc. Phone: 587-896-6919 Email: Info@truelivingcounselling.com Address: #105 21 North Railway St Okotoks, AB . T1S 1B6