Writing about mental health from a feminist counselling perspective
After 10+ years as Feminist Counsellor Edmonton, I’m moving on to a new brand identity: Embodied Psychology. You’ll now see the new logo and brand everywhere I am online, including my website and social media. I’ve been thinking about this change for a while, and I believe the new name better represents who I am now as a somatic, relational, experiential, and feminist psychologist.
Although I perform counselling as part of my work, the word psychologist better represents the whole of what I do within session and on a weekly basis. And while I’m based in Edmonton, I see clients throughout Alberta, and my aim through my writing and courses is to reach more people worldwide.
About Embodied Psychology
In the last few years, most of the work I’ve been doing has been related to listening to our bodies, being present with what is, and finding peace in the present moment.
I want us all to be deeply connected to ourselves, and I know there’s a lot that gets in the way of this. Most of us have been taught about hustling, pleasing, control, and boundaries in ways that don’t serve us. At work, we’re treated like machines. Outside of work, there doesn’t always seem to be space for the fullness of our humanity. Directly and indirectly, we’re taught to disconnect from our feelings and our needs in order to survive.
As we work to move away from the shame-invoking and toxic messages that were passed onto us about who we were supposed to be, I think it helps to have something to move toward.
This is where embodiment comes in. To me, it’s a practice that involves slowly and safely finding ways to turn inward again and start listening. To be with our experience with compassion rather than judgment. It involves being present, playful, and curious in our lives, rather than driven by the need to always be productive or pleasing.
Being embodied involves slowing down. Taking care of the parts inside of us that are still on high alert and making peace with the adaptations we’ve made to get this far.
The New Logo
As I encourage my clients to practice embodiment, I’ve also been practicing it alongside them.
When it came to creating a logo, the images that came to my mind in relation to the times I felt most embodied all involved nature. Some of the images were quite simple and everyday: I remembered many times during the summer where I sat outside between sessions, allowing the sun to warm my face, and all the lunchtime walks I went on in the last year. I also thought a lot about the trips I took to the mountains, where I’d hike, sit by the lake, or go out on the paddleboard.
Being in the mountains has given me a sense of coming home to myself, and it’s this I hoped to capture most.
Nicole Perry is a Registered Psychologist and writer with a private practice in Edmonton. Her approach is collaborative and feminist at its heart. She specializes in healing trauma, building shame resilience, and setting boundaries.
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This space will provide information, stories, and answers to big questions about some of my favorite topics - boundaries, burnout, trauma, self compassion, and shame resilience - all from a feminist counselling perspective. It's also a space I'm exploring and refining new ideas.
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