– John A. Shedd
Focus On The Freedom
There is no formula to healing, happiness or success. Often just one life-line leads to a new pathway of hope and discovery. Where love, care and patience exist, every heart is valuable and any heart can release pain and receive gifts. Faith and hope break chains. Sometimes it begins with someone else’s faith or hope for us.
Shelly Teske-Hulan is the owner and operator of Teske Counselling Services. She obtained her Master of Arts Degree in Counselling Psychology in 2006 and became a Registered Psychologist in 2008. With over 15 years’ experience working in a supportive role with individuals and families, she has developed a deep understanding that each person’s story, experiences, gifts, talents and potential are unique. Prior to private practice, Shelly worked in a setting that allowed her to provide one to one and group support to people affected by brain injury. This work led to an interest in brain and body connections, trauma, and how physical, emotional, mental, spiritual and environmental stressors can affect the brain and body. Shelly has been studying and practicing in the area of trauma and issues stemming from traumatic incidents for several years. Early in her career, Shelly worked as an elementary school teacher both overseas in Papua New Guinea and locally in Alberta; she has thrived in connecting and working with a wide range of age groups and varying cultures.
Shelly currently works in a private practice setting and is passionate about supporting others as they continue to work toward their goals of personal wellness and healthy living. Shelly believes that all people have opportunity to overcome and be strengthened by life challenges. Her compassion for others, belief in every individual she works with, along with her spiritual and family values contribute to her authentic approach as well as her work ethic that is grounded in equality, dignity and respect for others.
Shelly specializes in areas such as depression, stress, anxiety, relationship or work-related challenges as well as trauma. Traumatic experiences can, but don’t have to, contribute to the development of trauma related stress disorders such as acute stress disorder (ASD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or other mood and emotional disorders. Shelly is a Certified EMDR therapist and utilizes many additional therapeutic orientations to assist people with their challenges and concerns.
Areas of Specialization and Expertise
Anxiety, worrying, panic, phobias
Emotional challenges related to injury or illness
Life Change or Adjustment
Grief and Loss
Family of Origin issues
Certified EMDR Therapist
A Note From Shelly…
Everyone experiences pains and pressures that can come in life – and they come in many forms. The complexities faced by each person can never be fully understood by someone else. We are very complex in nature, and so can be the challenges we face. Over the years, I have pondered and studied about the brain, the body, the soul and the impact that challenges can have. We are wholistic by nature; we are made up of spirit, soul and body. We are, by design, able to heal and recover from the challenges of life.
There truly is no formula, no one program or intervention that will make us “all better”. However, there are keys, there is timing in intervention, and there are foundational strengths that can feed healing and growth. It is humbling and it is an honor to walk with others as they continue to shape and discover their goals, share and develop insight, shake off blocks and hindrances, heal from pain, grow in resilience, and experience greater freedom in their lives.
My role is to walk with others and to utilize strategies and tools that can facilitate healing of the soul, which can assist the body in its healing. The healing journey requires partnership, it requires inspiration, it requires safety and choice. Whatever the challenge or concern in a person’s life, it is each person’s choice regarding the focus of our time together. I offer dignity and respect for all in my practice, I am inspired by what I witness in others and in my own life. I see courage in each person I work with, and I see seeds of strength and hope in every individual, in every story.
I believe in team work. There are many types of supports and resources that have the potential to work together in supporting people toward healing and restoration. There may be times when it is appropriate, and sometimes necessary, to explore additional resources that can add to the process of unlocking and freeing people from blocks that have been hindering the mind, body, spirit and soul. I continue to educate myself and grow in familiarity with quality resources that individuals can consider as they work toward their goals of healthy living.
– ANNE FRANK
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy
EMDR has given therapists a way to safely support people in healing from traumatic events. Many people do not realize they have gone through trauma, but most people will acknowledge they have been impacted by events. EMDR is a therapeutic technique that works with the mind and the body to assist in the restoration process from these challenges. As healing occurs, the mind and body become greater able to handle day to day or significant challenges. Deep beliefs begin to transform into healthier beliefs about self, others and the world. Whether a person’s goals are around healthier emotions, healthier relationships, improved resilience or living out personal purpose, EMDR has proven to be a useful tool for those who have experienced various types of difficulties stemming from impactful events.
What is a certified EMDR therapist?
If an EMDR therapist has taken an EMDRIA (EMDR International Association) Approved EMDR Training, they have been trained against the highest curriculum standards. The initial EMDR Training teaches about trauma, the physiological overview of the information processing system, and how to apply EMDR in treating different emotional challenges or disorders stemming from traumatic/impactful events.
After taking the initial EMDR Training, a therapist also can decide to earn an additional credential: Certification in EMDR. EMDRIA offers a certification process that is designed to ensure high quality training and support to therapists in becoming successful and effective in their EMDR practice. Certified EMDR therapists must be registered in their field for independent practice, have at least two years experience in their field, and prove that they have performed EMDR therapy with at least 25 clients and for at least 50 sessions. They also pursue additional consultation on utilizing EMDR with experts in the field. Completing and maintaining certification helps widen and deepen understanding about the brain and body as well as the impact of trauma. Additionally, therapists stay up to date with research findings and further develop their ability to use specialized EMDR protocols and techniques through continuing education in EMDR. This can lead to greater confidence and success for both the client and therapist in working through some more challenging areas including complex trauma.
Examples of Traumatic Events
Adult Sexual Assault or Harassment
Childhood Sexual Abuse
Divorce, Relationship Breakdown
Victim of Crime
Suicide of a Loved One
Witnessing Traumatic Event
Motor Vehicle Accident
Threat or Harm
Death of a Loved One
Injury or Illness of a Loved One
Threat to a Loved One
Witness to Violence
Shelly’s Professional Affiliations:
College of Alberta Psychologists
Psychologists Association of Alberta
EMDR International Association (EMDRIA)