Anchor of Hope is a place where you will find rest in the midst of whatever storm you are facing. We exist to walk this journey of healing with you, side by side, through each memory and every pain, at a pace that you determine and are comfortable with. As a Bachelor prepared Registered Nurse by trade, I bring a holistic perspective to mental health. I want to see you thrive in all three domains of your health: your mind, your body, and in your spirit, regardless of your adherence to or lack of any particular faith. As a dual-specialised nurse in both the fields of psychiatric mental health nursing and faith community nursing, plus two years of formal theology training, I believe that my education and experience allows me to navigate all three domains of your health genuinely, ethically, and competently. I am also a family guy myself. Married 17 years with 3 boys aged 16, 13, and 10, and with a fondness for literature, creative writing, and even video games and board games, I am not afraid to show my personal side while you are encountering my professional side.
So what about you and your storms? I have worked alongside of people of varied responses to this question. Some choose the road of avoidance. The "suck it up buttercup" mentality that was spread throughout my time in the Canadian Forces is an example of this. Others disconnect and self-medicate their storms with drugs and alcohol until they start paying such a high price in finances, in their work performance, with marital or other relationship strains, etc. that they finally seek out help. Others still have the insight to know that they should seek help, but with all the variance in the mental health field, who is the right person to talk to? Which discipline offers the best care for you? Is there a fit with my counsellor or therapist and how do I find the courage to face these fears, especially if I am expected to pay out of pocket for this help?
These are real concerns from real people and at Anchor of Hope we listened and we responded...
We want you to experience rest. Period. We operate from a single-session model rooted in the framework of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). We want you to feel comfortable before ever paying a dime so we offer a FREE 15 minute meet and greet without obligation so you can book your first session with confidence that the interpersonal connection (that is so important) is present. We also offer a sliding scale to lower income households so that finances are not a barrier that holds you back from receiving comprehensive, holistic care. And in the months to come, Anchor of Hope will be creating an online webinar-like platform that will offer pre-recorded, topic-based presentations on mental health concerns such as anxiety, depression, coping skills, PTSD, relationship strains, and so much more. These video sessions will be available for a one-time membership fee that will grant you lifetime access to all the Anchor of Hope resources so you can watch and review content at your leisure. This may also be a great alternative to one-on-one counselling, especially if you have a hard time remembering session content afterwards, are a poor note taker, or simply struggle with too much fear or anxiety to make it to a session.
Finally, Anchor of Hope wants to provide care without boundaries or borders. With the advances in technology and the use of established platforms like Skype or FaceTime, or even by phone if that is the only thing available, you can still receive the same quality of care that you would expect to receive in my home office in Airdrie, AB.
Reading this was your first step so well done! If there is a part of you that wants to know more, act on it. Call us at (403) 404-HOPE (4673) or check us out online at www.anchorofhopecounselling.ca to learn more, book your free meet and greet or book a time in person or via video conferencing. I look forward to meeting you and walking this journey of healing alongside you!