Kristin Boettger MA CCC RCAT
Canadian Certified Counsellor, Registered Art Therapist, EMDR Certified
Kristin holds a Bachelor's Degree (BA) in Psychology from the University of Victoria and a Master's Degree (MA) in Counselling (Art Therapy) from Concordia University. She also studied as a Painting Major at the Alberta College of Art and Design. Kristin's counselling approach is rooted in brain-based research and informed by Attachment Theory and Affective Neuroscience. She has advanced training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), Emotion-Focused Family Therapy (EFFT), Expressive Arts and Trauma-informed care.
During the therapy process, Kristin will help you navigate and express emotion, change habits that are keeping you stuck, gain skills and insight, have fun and ultimately re-wire your brain. Instead of dreading big emotions, you'll develop the capacity to greet them with curiosity and compassion.
Since 2002 Kristin has worked across a wide variety of clinical and community settings. Some of her past affiliations include Juno House, The Alberta Children's Hospital, AADAC Youth Services, The Calgary Board of Education, The United Way Women’s Leadership Council, The Leighton Art Centre, The Rocky Mountain YMCA, The Calgary Girls School, Sheriff King YWCA, Urban Youth Worx and Leadership Calgary.
Her best days are spent flowing freely between counselling, art-making, nature time, dog walks, community engagement, time with family and friends, resting and having fun.
As a settler who is living and working on this land, Kristin acknowledges Calgary / Mohkinstsis (MOH-kin-stiss) as the traditional territories of the peoples of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta. This includes the Blackfoot First Nation tribes of Siksika, the Piikuni, the Kainai, the Stoney Nakoda First Nations tribes of Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley and the Tsuut’ina First Nation and the Metis Nation of Alberta, Region 3. She is grateful for the generosity and wisdom of traditional knowledge-keepers and elders who continue to protect and honour this land through their teachings and ceremony. Kristin acknowledges her ongoing responsibility to take active steps in the process of reconciliation and healing of all peoples.