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.
Her 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, 16 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 counseling.
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 ™, a curriculum 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 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. Although she has some bookings, she currently has some openings in her 2017-2018 speaking schedule. Carolyn speaks weekly on various topics with Mackling and Megarry 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 clinicial 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:
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
and is a regular teacher at TMP