Master of Arts (Marriage, Family, Child Counseling)

Carolyn O. Klassen* has completed a Master of Arts degree in Marriage, Family, and Child Counselling in Fresno, California.  She also has a degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Manitoba.

She has been featured on interesting projects such as Fierce Females and FiftyX50, and spoke at 2018 TEDxWinnipeg.

Carolyn's experience includes working with men and women as individuals, couples and families in a counselling setting.  She has 27 years of experience working as a therapist, 18 years in her present setting.

She practices her individual and couple therapy as a subspecialty of Occupational Therapy.   When appropriate, she enjoys helping people use their spiritual practices and religious beliefs in support of their growth. She has a particular interest in the issues that a woman brings to counselling.

Carolyn recently published a book, written for women who are unhappy in their marriage and have barriers that interfere with them proactively improving the relationship:

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Carolyn has developed extensive experience working with folks who struggle with intimately connecting with themselves and others, sometimes with depression or anxiety being an intricate web of causing this disconnection, or resulting from this connection (and often both). Carolyn has worked with many clients with extensive trauma experiences.

Carolyn is a certified facilitator in The Daring Way ™, and Rising Strong™,  Dare to Lead™ curricula arising out of Dr. Brené Brown's shame resiliency research. She offers these groups regularly to the general public out of her office, and is available to offer an intensive program to your executive group, book club, or church group. She will begin to deliver the material that embeds the concepts from Brené Brown's most recent book, Dare to Lead in January 2019. Call now to book a date for your organization or team.


She regularly delivers workshops, seminars, retreats, and sermons regarding topics of grief, self-compassion, shame, depression, anxiety, intimacy, vulnerability, authenticity and wholehearted living. (As a regular attender of The Meeting Place, Carolyn asks for your understanding, in that she does not see regular attenders of TMP as clients.)  Believing that we are wired for connection, presentation topics generally point towards having more meaningful and satisfying connections. Carolyn has room left for only 1-2 engagements in 2018, she currently receiving inquiries for her winter 2019 speaking schedule. Carolyn speaks weekly on Thursdays at 2:30 on various topics with Hal Anderson on 680CJOB.

Carolyn Klassen was an instructor at the University of Manitoba, having taught there for about 14 years, instructing Professional Master's  students in areas of clinical interviewing, advanced communication, supervising topical seminars and groups. She continues to volunteer with the University supervising students in fieldwork education placements at Siloam Mission/Madison House and Steinbach Family Resource Centre.

Her concern for a client's growth toward wholeness encompasses the physical, psychological, emotional, intellectual and spiritual realms of life.  While clients bring difficult and serious issues to therapy which are dealt with very seriously, she also sees the merit in learning through celebration and humour.

Carolyn has a blog, "A Thoughtful Look at Life", that muses about the intersection between daily life and a therapist's observations. Carolyn serves as the clinical director of Conexus Counselling, working towards continuing excellence in all areas of the practice. She loves her job and considers her colleagues as great friends, and her clients as her teachers...working at Conexus Counselling is very much a gift!

*Please note that Carolyn O. Klassen was formerly known as Carolyn O. Bergen

A sample of Carolyn's speaking:

Whyte Ridge Baptist Church Women's Retreat: Wholehearted Living

St. Aiden's School staff: The Daring Way™ Two day workshop

Manitoba Case Management Symposium: Empathy

National Leasing: Mental Health First Aid

Red River College RED Day: workshop on The Daring Way™

Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, Safety and Risk Team: Resilience and Change

Winnipeg Evangelical Free Church: Women's retreat

St. Benedict's Retreat Center Staff: Stress and Resilience

People First: Suicide Awareness and Prevention

The Meeting Place Support Staff: Triage and Crisis Care 101

Anxiety Disorders Association of Manitoba: Self Compassion, Trust, Vulnerability, Shame, and Wholehearted Living with Anxiety

Pastor Credentialling Orientation with Mennonite Brethren Conference: Conflict

Outtatown Program at Canadian Mennonite University: Supporting the students in crisis

Resilience in an Uncertain World: 1 day workshop

Resilience in an Uncertain World: 1 hour workshop

Sixpointeight: "Ted-style" talk on "Peace with Self: Calming the Inner Turmoil"

Women of Integrity: 1 day retreat on "Living Wholeheartedly in an Uncertain World"

TedxWinnipeg 2018 "Learning from the Sequoias: the Value of Interconnectedness"

Keynote speaker for 3 sessions with the Canadian Association for Christians in Student Development May 2018 conference: Being Well: Holistic Wellness Amidst Brokenness

Managing Conflict: 1 hour workshop with Faculty of Medicine, Interprofessional Education

Facing Change Resiliently to a WRHA health team. 1 day seminar

Developing Resilience in a Changing World to EESE

Resilience, to partners of survivors with Occupational Stress Injuries, 1/2 day workshop

Connection as a Strategy for Mental Health to  local high school during mental health week. 1/2 hour talk.

and is a regular teacher at TMP

Carolyn Klassen therapist in Winnipeg, Manitoba

Carolyn Klassen is a certified Daring Way facilitator

Carolyn Klassen therapist in Winnipeg, Manitoba

Certified Dare to Lead facilitator

Carolyn Klassen therapist in Winnipeg, Manitoba