AMRITA BHAR, M.Ed., R.Psych.
I believe that exploring and expressing all emotions is the foundation of a fulfilling life.
Some emotions - shame, sadness, anger and fear, for example - can be difficult, dark, and hidden away. However, even our most challenging emotions offer important insight into our needs. Through exploration, acceptance, and expression, healing and growth can occur.
This is the basic premise of Emotionally Focused Therapy. I use an emotionally focused approach in my work with couples, families, and individuals.
I believe that finding the right therapist for you is the first step towards healing and growth.
In my 10+ years working with individuals, couples and families who have taken the courageous first step of seeking therapy, I have witnessed the healing impact of finding the right therapist for you. My own healing and personal growth was catalyzed by internationally recognized intimacy and relationship experts Doug and Naomi Moseley.
I offer free phone consultations to individuals, couples and families seeking a psychologist. I am honoured to work with many skilled Edmonton psychologists and am happy to make referrals to other professionals as necessary.
I believe that my life experience and my dedication to personal and professional development enriches my practice.
I was born in 1966 to immigrant parents from India and France. Before graduating as a "mature student" from the University of Alberta with my Masters of Education degree, with a specialization in Counselling Psychology, I experienced raising three children, my own journey through loss and growth, and a lifetime of service to others. I am committed to ongoing professional development through supervision, consultation and training opportunities.
I believe in giving back to our community.
I am dedicated to serving our community. I have held many volunteer positions, including with the Support Network's Distress Line, PFLAG, and the Pilgrim's Hospice. Currently, I hold the position of vice-president with the Psychologists' Association of Alberta Board. I supervise provisional psychologists and I offer limited reduced fees on a sliding scale in order to provide more access to psychologist services.
I believe in finding balance between the shadow side and lightheartedness.
I balance my time working with travelling, laughing with my three adult children, and taking my dog, Willow, for walks.