CANADIAN CERTIFIED COUNSELLOR (CCC)
License Number: 10010580
"My hope is to reduce what is already an anxiety filled experience and make the whole thing lighter and a bit more manageable. Therapy is hard work. It’s means learning about and confronting aspects of ourselves that we push down and deal with later. It means agreeing to be challenged and unlearn protective patterns that help us feel “safe”. It also means putting aside expectations and trusting the processes. As your counsellor my role in this relationship is to ensure you know that you have someone on your team, help you see what you might not see, and ask those hard questions that get to you to a space of self awareness.
Medina Bandalli (MCP, CCC)
Medina is a licensed Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA). With a Masters in Counselling Psychology, as well as training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Medina is our lead clinician and Founder of speakeasy clinic. Her approach is described as a balance between genuine empathy and encouragement, while also helping to unbiasedly identify patterns that may aid in self-awareness and shifting perspectives.
When working with Medina you can expect a perspective that honours a realism for the human experience as well as an optimism for human potential. When life happens she works with her clients to provide support and tools to cope with their immediate circumstances. However, when there is space and capacity to explore the root cause or deep seeded beliefs, she is there to propose the tough questions to support uncovering client's limitations.
"I enjoy working with individuals who are curious and motivated, who are open to being challenged and are seeking a space to reflect and be vulnerable. I operate from a holistic approach, meaning that I believe wellness is best achieved through living a well balanced life that includes physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social wellness. I often practice from this perspective and hope that I can be a part of my client's wellness routine by supporting their mental and emotional wellness".
Outside of the counselling space movement, people, music, community, and traveling keeps Medina grounded. When she is not counselling, you can find her involved in any of those realms. Most importantly, relationships are core to who Medina is, which is why her practice focuses on helping support clients navigate the challenging but rewarding world of connecting with others.
Areas of specialization include: self worth/self esteem, relationships (family, intimate relationships, friendships), life transitions, anxiety, depression, emotional regulation, loss/grief, trauma, personal growth, body image, meaning/purpose.
Insurance Coverage: Clients get billed directly and can submit receipts to their insurance provider for reimbursement. Medina is registered with the CCPA as a Canadian Certified Counsellor, which is often covered by most extended health plans.