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Alyson Quinn

Registered Social Worker

Counselling has always been a calling for me, beginning in my teenage years.  This passion has guided me for over 25 years in my work with individuals, couples and groups.

The biggest change in my career happened through learning about the importance of bringing “the body” into treatment. Only through my own healing did I realize the importance of paying attention to “issues in one’s tissues” and how past unresolved emotion held in the body can impact our live’s dramatically. Not only by unhelpful messages to our brain but also with feeling intensely stuck.

Once I started to work from a trauma informed mind/ body perspective the change I saw in clients was dramatic. It inspired me to write a couple of books to capture the key aspects of counseling that provide deep healing and the possibilities of transformation. I have developed my own model, experiential unity model, where I use metaphor and art to get to the deeper material that facilitates the change process. I put a lot of emphasis on tools and techniques that calm the body and assist in healing at a deep level.

My books include:


I have a Masters degree in Social work from UBC School of Social work and a Diploma in Conflict analysis and Management.

I have also taught social work students at UBC Counseling and other courses for the past 7 years and give workshops to Professionals on teaching a Trauma informed Practice.

Qualifications:
25+ years of practice

Postgraduate Studies:
M.S.W., U of British Columbia
B.Sc., University of Natal

Client Focus:
Adults
Couples
Families
Groups

Specialties:
Adjusting To Change
Trauma
Childhood / Sexual Abuse
Depression
Anxiety
Substance Use
Grief
Family of Origin Issues
Anger Management
Eating Concerns

Treatment Orientation:
Trauma Informed Practice
Experiential Unity Model
Somatic Work
Narrative Therapy
Motivational Interviewing
CBT
Mindfulness

Language(s):
English

Location:
Yaletown

Availability:
Currently on sabbatical
(writing another book!)

Favourite quote:
"It is as if our heart is attached to butterfly wings, lighting and alighting us, taking us into the ether where hope builds on more hope."