Marcella Galizia

About Me

I'm highly effective working with adults who have experienced trauma. I also have advanced training to work with children, adolescents, and families. My trauma informed and compassion focused approach aims to teach you and your children how to be open to and tolerate painful feelings, as well as develop self-understanding and inner wisdom to know how to deal with life's challenges. This is particularly helpful to adults or children who have personal struggles linked to shame and self-criticism and those who have experienced childhood trauma or tragedy in life. I specializes in work with traumatized children, youth, and families and I have coordinated a child and youth sexual abuse treatment program in Calgary, Alberta. Along with EMDR for Children & Youth, I also offer my young clients a creative approach using play-based, sandtray, and expressive art methods.

Education & Experience

MA in Counselling Psychology, McGill University - 2013; EMDR Basic Training - Level 1, EMDR Institute, Alicia Outcalt; EMDR for Children & Youth - Advanced EMDR Workshop, Ana Gomez; EMDR Therapy with Children - Carolyn Settle Training Center, Carolyn Settle; Attachment-Focused EMDR: Healing Developmental Deficits & Adults Abused as Children - EMDRIA, Laurel Parnell; Tattered Teddies - Suicide Assist for Children, Centre for Suicide Prevention; Straight Talk - Suicide Assist for Youth, Centre for Suicide Prevention; Responding to Trauma Intensive - Calgary Women's Health Collective & the Narrative Therapy Centre; 3-5-7 Model: Preparing Children for Permanency - Calgary & Area Training Development; Introduction to Neurosequential Model Core Concepts - Child Trauma Academy; Introduction to the Implementation & Practice of the Neurosequential Model - Child Trauma Academy; Therapeutic Skills for Deconstructing Shame & Guilt in Forensic Mental Health - Southern AB Forensic Psychiatry Services Conference; Therapeutic Storytelling from the Inside Out - Alberta Play Therapy Association; Expressive Arts Therapy for the Treatment of Trauma in Children & Adolescents: A Four Phase Model - The Alberta Play Therapy Association; Sandtray Revisited - The Alberta Play Therapy Association; Resilience, Recovery, & Relationship Towards Flourishing Children & Youth - A Neufeld Institute Conference; & Play Therapy with Traumatized Children - Rocky Mountain Play Therapy Institute; Adult Attachment: Trauma-Informed Assessment & Treatment Interventions Across Diagnosis - Dr. Christina Reese; Calming the Inner Critic - Working with Punitive Introjects, Ego States, & Dissociative Parts - Kathy Steele; Working with Parts in Dissociative Disorders: A Practical Guide for Trauma Therapists - Dolores Mosquera; Traumatic Dissociation, Trace, & Culture - Ego State Therapy with The First People - Sandra Paulsen

Professional & Volunteer Affiliations

Psychologists' Association of Alberta (PAA); Canadian Counselling & Psychotherapy Association (CCPA); & Alberta Play Therapy Association (APTA)

Specialty Area

  • Abuse/Neglect
  • Anxiety/Panic Attacks
  • Attachment Disorders
  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Family Issues
  • Grief/Loss/Mourning
  • Marriage/Relationship Issues
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Traumatic Incident

Population Served

  • Adolescents (13-17)
  • Adults
  • Children (4-12)
  • Families


  • English