Amy Gale

ShiftGrit Therapist

Amy Gale-Haymour - Registered Provisional Psychologist/ Therapist in Calgary

Like all Shift Clinicians, Amy is trained in the ShiftGrit protocol- a structured therapy program that uses counter-conditioning and evidence-based techniques to establish new perspectives. This creates better, automatic responses for our clients- things like less reactivity, stronger boundaries, healthy assertiveness, smoother communication, improved mood-optimized performance... and many more...

What do you do at Shift?

As a Registered Provisional Psychologist, I am thrilled to offer therapy services through a place where individuals embark on a journey of self-discovery, healing, and personal growth. I bring a compassionate and client-centered approach to my practice, guided by the principles of empathy, trust, and collaboration. Together, we can explore your goals and tailor a therapeutic plan that aligns with your unique needs and aspirations.

What are your academic credentials?

I received my degrees:Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the Columbia College, Missouri and my Master of Clinical Psychology from Brescia University, Owensboro, Kentucky

Why did you decide to become a therapist?

From a young age, I've been intrigued by the complexity of human behaviour and the various factors that shape our thoughts and emotions. I believe that understanding the intricacies of the mind not only enriches our own lives but also empowers us to contribute meaningfully to the well-being of others. Having served in United States Navy for 15 years, my transition from the battlefield to the world of psychology is a testament to my unwavering commitment to understanding and helping others navigate the complexities of the human mind.

My time in the military exposed me to a myriad of challenges, both physical and emotional. It was during these moments that I realized the profound impact psychological well-being has on an individual's ability to cope and thrive in demanding environments. The camaraderie forged in the face of adversity sparked my interest in the psychology of resilience and the ways in which individuals adapt to stress.

I witnessed firsthand the toll that prolonged deployments and high-stakes situations can take on mental health. This experience fueled my passion for pursuing a career in psychology, driven by the belief that every person, regardless of their background, deserves access to mental health support.

My military service instilled in me the values of discipline, resilience, and empathy—qualities that I now channel into my knowledge and practice as a psychologist.

What do you bring to your therapy sessions, and what are some goals?

I bring a unique set of qualities and a genuine commitment to our therapy sessions. No two individuals are alike, and I tailor our sessions to meet your unique needs. Drawing from a diverse range of therapeutic approaches, we'll work together to find strategies and interventions that resonate with you and support your growth. My approach is rooted in creating a supportive and collaborative space where you can explore, grow, and navigate the challenges you're facing. I approach our sessions with an open mind, recognizing the diversity of human experiences. Your uniqueness is celebrated, and I am committed to respecting your values, beliefs, and individuality.

Who do you work with?

I work with children over the age 12, teenagers, adults

Why are you passionate about what you do?

My passion lies in advocating for the importance of mental well-being and breaking down the stigmas that often surround mental health challenges. I see each interaction, whether in a therapeutic setting or a public forum, as an opportunity to foster awareness and understanding. By shedding light on the complexities of the human psyche, I aim to create a more compassionate and inclusive society. Through my work, I aspire to contribute to a world where mental health is prioritized, where seeking help is met with understanding, and where everyone has access to the resources they need to thrive. This passion is not just a professional endeavor but a personal mission to make a lasting, positive impact on the lives of others.

What do you do in your spare time?

In my spare time, I find joy and balance through a mix of outdoor adventures and quality family time. As a wife and mother, my family is at the center of my world, and we love exploring life together. From family adventures that take us on thrilling bike rides to the excitement of waking boarding and tubing on the lake or the tranquility of taking leisurely walks and talking about life. These activities not only keep us physically active but also provide opportunities for genuine connections and shared experiences. Balancing the thrill of adventure with the comfort of home is what makes our spare time truly fulfilling.

What is a skill that you are currently working on?

In my ongoing professional development, I am actively honing my skills in a range of therapeutic approaches. Some of the approaches that I bring into sessions are CBT, DBT, SFBT, Family-focused therapy, and humanistic therapy. These diverse approaches provide a well-rounded and client-centered therapeutic experience. The continuous learning journey allows me to adapt and tailor my skills to meet the unique needs of those I serve.

What motivates or inspires you?

I'm fuelled by an unyielding passion for psychology and a profound desire to make a positive impact on the lives of others. My journey as a psychologist is guided by a set of core motivations and inspirations that drive me to explore the depths of the human mind and contribute to the well-being of individuals and communities. I believe in the power of understanding, and it fuels my commitment to creating a safe and compassionate space where people can openly explore their thoughts and feelings. Witnessing the transformative journey of individuals as they navigate challenges and emerge stronger is a profound source of inspiration. I am deeply motivated by the potential for personal growth and resilience that lies within each person.

What are your additional areas of clinical interest?

Psychoeducational Assessments, learning EMDR,

What additional specialty trainings, courses, certifications or education do you have?

As I embark on my journey in the field, I am actively investing in my professional development to obtain specialty therapy techniques, certificates, and training.

Do you have any lived or personal experiences that can be utilized in therapy with you?

With a rich tapestry of lived experiences that deeply inform and enrich my approach to therapy. I believe that understanding and empathy are fundamental to fostering meaningful connections, and I draw from my own journey to create a safe and supportive space for clients.

  • As a stay-at-home mom and wife, I've navigated the beautiful complexities of family life. Balancing the diverse needs of a family, maintaining relationships, and prioritizing self-care are areas I deeply understand.
  • Having served in the military, I've encountered the unique challenges and stresses that come with this noble profession. From deployments to the intricacies of military culture, I understand the complexities that individuals with military backgrounds may face. This experience allows me to connect on a deeper level.

Additional Experience

  • Conducted individual, family, and couple therapy
  • Administered Psychological assessments
  • Exposure with therapy in the LGBTQ community
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
  • Family Focus/Systems Therapy
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
  • Person-Centered Therapy

Available for:

Couples/Marriage Counselling | Anxiety-related symptoms (GAD, Phobia, Panic, Social, etc.) | BPD (Borderline Personality Disorder) | Depression | Exposure Therapy | Inter-generational trauma | Grief and Loss | Building boundaries | Attachment concerns | PTSD | Self Esteem | Stress and Burnout | Boundary Adherence | Life Changes | Grief | Stress & Burnout | and much more...

Finances

Insurance Coverage
Covered by most benefits
Fees
Individual Sessions $220

Location

Contact Information

Address
815 17 Ave SW #210, Calgary, AB T2T 0A1, Canada
Zip/Post Code
T2T 0A1

Author Info

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