Hi! I’m Kayla Chorley, Edmonton Counsellor
I bet you are curious to learn a bit more about me and why I might be a great fit for you or your teen.
So, what makes me qualified to work with anxiety?
Sure, I could tell you about all of the fancy trainings I have gone to, and I certainly have a lot of clinical experience working with clients dealing with anxiety, perfectionism, and people-pleasing, but the truth is I am my client. I, too, have dealt with these particular tendencies, have been at a place in which they completely had me hooked and were calling the shots, and my main goal was to get rid of my anxiety.
It wasn’t until I learned to shift my perspective around anxiety, and see it as an ally, that anxiety began to give up its control over me. Does this mean I never experience anxiety, perfectionism, or people-pleasing now? Absolutely not, but what it does mean is that I am able to take a step back and acknowledge when these tendencies are present, and ultimately decide whether I want to act on them or not. I have been successful at taking my power back, and I want to support you in doing that too.
What’s it like working with me?
My approach is a bit different than other therapists. My goal is never to make your anxiety go away, or for you to control your thoughts & feelings, just think positively, or let it go. When we come from this place we create struggle and expend energy on trying to fix, even though you are not broken.
Instead, my focus is providing you with a space in which to re-establish a working relationship with anxiety, to understand how it shows up for you (perhaps as perfectionism, overachieving, neediness in relationships), and explore its role as a protector. This approach allows you to drop the struggle and live your best life.
I am also the type of therapist that will laugh, cry, and virtually high-five you in session. I am also a big fan of self-hugs.
The letters & titles behind my name.
B.Ed. – Bachelors of Education degree from the University of Alberta
Counselling Therapist – Member of the Association of Counselling Therapists of Alberta
The informal resume.
I have spent time cultivating my skills at:
The Family Centre – Individual, couples, and family counselling.
The Pride Centre of Edmonton – individual & couples counselling.
Edmonton Public Schools – Student Support Counsellor.
I have training in:
Shame & Trauma – Janina Fisher
Anxiety – Lynn Lyons
Acceptance & Commitment Therapy – Dr. Russ Harris