A little about Alexis...

People have described Alexis as “authentic, creative and easy to open up to

Alexis Oakes | Safe Haven Counselling

Counselling Qualifications:

Alexis Oakes, BSCH, MC, Registered Provisional Psychologist

 

  • Bachelors of Science with Honors at Acadia University in Nova Scotia

  • Masters in Counselling Psychology through Athabasca University in Alberta

  • Certified Yoga Instructor through the International Alliance of Yoga with over 300 hours of teacher training including: 200 hour foundation, 60 hours Aerial Yoga, 50 hours Yoga Nidra, and 20 hours of Yin Yoga. 

  • Counselling Practicum completed at Catholic Family Services of Calgary where she specialized in short term counselling utilizing Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and mindfulness interventions. 

  • Specializes in mindfulness interventions, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and integrating yoga into psychotherapy​

My Counselling Journey

I went into the helping profession to help people like me, people who struggled with their mental health, people who have overcome tumultuous times and relationships. I quickly knew from my very first psychology course that I was in the right place and I was meant to be a Psychologist.

It was not long after I found psychology that I found Yoga. Yoga was the complete complement to therapy that helped me overcome so many obstacles and emotions. I knew right away that I was meant to share a combination of Yoga and Psychotherapy with others. 

When I graduated with my psychology degree I dove into crisis work to provide me with a foundation for counselling work. I worked with both the Calgary Distress Centre providing suicide and crisis support and then went on to help in the areas of family violence with the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter.

I have helped connect men with specific programming and resources through the Canadian Centre for Men and Families. I have most recently been working in the area of restorative justice, helping people with criminal histories reintegrate back into society. In addition to my human services work, I have also been teaching Yoga in the community for the past 5 years. I believe these experiences combined with my education have put me in a unique position to offer yoga and psychotherapy in conjunction with one another when it suits my clients. 

My Approach

My approach is unique and customized to each client and how they would like to address change. Therapies that I like to utilize to reach goals with my clients primarily include mindfulness, Solution Focused, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and yoga. The Solution Focused approach allows for us to identify strengths and successes and is utilized throughout therapy. Mindfulness is typically an early area to be addressed to provide a foundation for learning the skills in DBT. DBT allows for improvement in emotional regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness. Yoga poses or sequences can be utilized with mindfulness and skill building homework. The degree of integration of yoga is completely up to the client from not at all, to a high focus of intervention.

Addressing Culture and Diversity

I welcome clients from all walks of life and backgrounds. I am an ally to the 2SLGBTQ+ communities. I come to my counselling with a state of curiosity and openness. Much of my interventions are geared toward mindfulness, which I understand is appreciated differently among cultures. I am open to discussing what we can do in the therapy room to help you feel respected and honored in your therapy process.

 

How and what we do in therapy is ultimately up to you!