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.
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 looking for ways to show up braver in their marriage.
Revised, expanded second edition: Nice to a Fault: Redefining Kindness in Marriage:
Original edition, entitled My marriage is almost dead and my husband doesn't get it still available:
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™, 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 organization, 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. Carolyn is available for speaking engagements and workshops in the fall/winter of 2019-2020. 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 past speaking engagements (interactive workshops/seminars ranging from 1/2 day to 3 days, keynote speeches, and seminars) :
Mennonite Church of Manitoba Pastors: Love Thyself as Thy Neighbour daylong workshop
Middle Managers, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority: Exploring Uncertainty, Change and Vulnerability
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: 1/2 day Workshop on The Daring Way™
Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, Safety and Risk Team: Resilience and Change keynote
Winnipeg Evangelical Free Church: Women's retreat
St. Benedict's Retreat Center Staff: Stress and Resilience
People First HR Services: 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 students in crisis
- Resilience as a leader in a challenging program
- Debriefing after a difficult year
Resilience in an Uncertain World to Non Profit organization: 1 day workshop
Resilience in an Uncertain World to Health Care teams: 1 hour workshop
Sixpointeight conference: "Ted-style" talk on "Peace with Self: Calming the Inner Turmoil"
Women of Integrity Conference: 1 day retreat on "Living Wholeheartedly in an Uncertain World"
Keynote speaker for 3 sessions with the Canadian Association for Christians in Student Development May 2018 conference: Being Well: Holistic Wellness Amidst Brokenness
Faculty of Medicine, Interprofessional Education: Managing Conflict
Facing Change Resiliently 1 day seminar
Enhanced English Skills for Employment: Developing Resilience in a Changing World Resilience
Spouses of Survivors with Occupational Stress Injuries: Resiliency Training 1/2 day workshop
Connection as a Strategy for Mental Health to local high school during mental health week. 1/2 hour talk.
Team of kitchen staff at Personal Care Home: 2 evening series Working together when it is is hard
and is a regular teacher at TMP