Christen McCallum, MCP

Preferred Name: Christen

EMDR Certified Therapist

EMDR Consultant-in-Training

About Me

Hello, I'm Christen, a Registered Clinical Counsellor and Certified EMDR Therapist at Providence Therapy. Whatever challenges you may be navigating through right now, my hope is that you may move forward in healing by building effective tools to manage your symptoms, facing & overcoming your challenges, and making meaning of your circumstances. As a practitioner, I am passionate about creating a space where adult clients can feel secure as they explore their stories in an environment of therapeutic connection. As a clinician, I maintain a holistic, mind-body orientation to therapy grounded in neuroscience, with an emphasis on attachment and relational healing. While many of us have different ideas of what trauma means, at Providence, trauma is defined as the sudden and accumulative impact of stress. This may include "big T" traumas (major car accidents, assaults, near-death experiences, etc.), but can also include developmental traumas or the accumulation of smaller adverse experiences and stressors that people can experience over their lifetime.⁣⁣⁣ In the event that these experiences overwhelm our body's natural ability to cope, symptoms of anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, brain fog, memory challenges, PTSD, Dissociation, and feeling stuck in coping strategies that are no longer working for us can interfere with our lives.⁣ ⁣ What many don't realize is that chronic stress and trauma can also have a physiological impact on the nervous, cardiovascular, and immune systems of the body, leading to conditions such as chronic pain and inflammation, gut health and GTI concerns, fatigue, sleep difficulties, autoimmune diseases, dietary sensitivities, and even cancers and heart disease.⁣ In addressing these concerns, I draw from a diverse education and an assorted range of therapeutic theories and techniques. My hope is that as we work together we can tailor a therapeutic approach to meet your individual needs!⁣⁣⁣ Though my training welcomes adult clients with varying concerns and goals, I have specific experience working with survivors of gendered violence, sexual abuse, human trafficking, and work from an anti-oppression lens. On a personal level, I absolutely love to learn, explore the world, and play music any chance I can. I maintain an active lifestyle consisting of a range of mixed martial arts and group fitness activities and am an advocate for balanced healthy living. I am also a professional dog lover and hope to integrate animal therapy into practice in the future. I understand that we can face many challenges when taking the first step to healing. My hope is that as we work together we can find a therapeutic approach to meet your individual needs so you can grow, heal and thrive. I look forward to starting that process of healing with you.

Education & Experience

I am a Registered Clinical Counselor with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counselors (R.C.C.). I hold my Graduate Degree in Counselling Psychology from Adler University in Vancouver BC where I focused on trauma recovery and neuroscience-based approaches to mental health. I am also educated in the areas of the neuro-psycho-physiological mind-body relationship, stress, and the central nervous system, and Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) through the Complementary Medical Association (CMA). I also hold my Master's of Arts in Leadership from Trinity Western University where I focused on organizational and non-profit development. I HAVE TRAINED IN A VARIETY OF RESEARCH-INFORMED THERAPEUTIC MODALITIES SUCH AS: Attachment and systems-based approaches Mindfulness/ MBCBT Integrative Parts of the Personality & Ego State Therapies Imaginal Nurturing/ Inner Child Trauma-Informed Stabilization Observed and Experiential Integration Therapy (OEI) Internal Family Systems Eye Movement Reprocessing and Desensitization (EMDR) Photonic Stimulation Therapy - Infrared LLLT The Neuro-psycho-physiological mind-body relationship, and Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) Stephen Porges’ Poly-Vagal Theory & Vagal Toning techniques LENS Neurofeedback Life Coaching techniques I am a certified EMDR therapist in good standing with EMDR International Association and EMDR Canada and have completed several advanced level EMDR training certifications working with structural dissociation and other complex issues. I am currently completing my EMDR Consultant Training with the EMDR Center of Canada. I have received my EMDR certification under the direct supervision of Dr. Andrew Leeds and Dr. Dolores Mosquera, and engage in ongoing consultation with experts in my field. In addition to more traditional therapeutic approaches, I also integrate several technological interventions that manage issues of the brain and central nervous system. I am a certified LENS Neurofeedback Technician and offer LENS Neurofeedback, TVNS, HRV training & Photonic Stimulation Infrared Light Therapy as stand-alone or complementary treatments for clients with central nervous system dysfunction and other physiological ailments. The LENS and Photonic Stimulation therapies also address concerns related to thyroid disorders, GTI or gut health concerns, chronic pain, muscle or joint injuries, or chronic inflammation; that can follow trauma.

Professional & Volunteer Affiliations

EMDR CANADA EMDRIA

Specialty Area

  • Abuse/Neglect
  • Addictions
  • Anxiety/Panic Attacks
  • Attachment Disorders
  • Chronic Illness/Medical Issues
  • Chronic Pain
  • Depression
  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Domestic Violence
  • Grief/Loss/Mourning
  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Mood Disorders
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Performance Enhancement
  • Phobias
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Stress Management
  • Traumatic Incident

Population Served

  • Adults
  • First Responders
  • Immigrants
  • Seniors
  • Veterans/Military

Language

  • English

Insurance

  • Sliding Scale