BA (Hons), MACP (in progress)
Hello, I’m Karlene Langman, an Intern Counsellor at Blue Oaks Counselling & Wellness. My journey in the field of mental health and well-being has been a rich tapestry of education, experience, and personal growth.
Currently, I am on the path to completing my Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology degree at Yorkville University, a journey that has deepened my understanding of human psychology and therapeutic techniques. My academic pursuits began with a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) degree in Psychology and Women and Gender Studies from esteemed institutions like Brock University, Laurentian University, and Lakehead University.
My commitment to making a positive impact extends beyond the academic realm. I have been trained as a group facilitator at Seasons Centre for Grieving Children, where I’ve harnessed the power of play and activity-based interventions within group therapy settings. This experience has allowed me to support children, teens, and adults in coping with the loss of loved ones, emphasizing the importance of creativity in the therapeutic process.
Drawing from my experiences as a first-time mother, partner and counsellor, I understand the multifaceted challenges that life can present. This awareness underscores my belief that there are no universal answers or solutions. In my approach, I integrate evidence-based methodologies to create individually tailored client care plans to help my clients address their unique concerns and work towards the goals we develop together in our first sessions.
Modalities such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Dialectial Behaviour Therapy are foundational in my practice. These approaches target deep-seated assumptions and behavioral patterns, fostering resilience and empowering individuals to navigate life’s complexities.
To me, therapy encompasses more than mental health—it’s about holistic well-being. Dr. Ili Rivera Walter’s words resonate deeply with me: “as therapists, we are in the business of freedom.” I strive to help individuals shed painful self-narratives, break free from alienating perceptions of the present, and release limiting visions of the future.
My role as a therapist is rooted in empathy and creating a safe space for clients to tap into their inner strengths and insights. My goal is to foster a reliable therapeutic rapport that supports the development and maintenance of essential skills and strategies for effective life navigation.
Outside the realm of counseling, I cherish moments spent with my family. From experimenting with new recipes to spontaneous kitchen dancing, nurturing our chickens and garden, or enjoying a game of golf, I find joy in life’s simple pleasures. While continuous happiness may be elusive, I firmly believe in nurturing inner strength to find moments of joy even in adversity—a philosophy I consider vital for a fulfilling life.
I am excited about the opportunity to help you cultivate resilience, discover your inner strengths, and embark on a journey toward holistic well-being. Let’s work together to embrace life’s challenges and triumphs, one step at a time.