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Gloria Dykstra

I am a graduate of Seattle University’s Master of Arts in Existential Phenomenological Therapeutic Psychology program (2008). I also hold a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Washington. For several years I provided mental health counseling and drug & alcohol treatment to youth and families in south Seattle (2007–2010). This included in-home therapy for children and families, working as the full-time therapist at an alternative high school and leading therapy groups with young adults.
 

I approach client work with the view that the relationship between therapist and client is paramount (existential/humanist training). 

My work is always informed by the foundations of existentialism and Liberation Psychology, so sessions are interlaced with conversations about the larger systems which make up a clients’ full context—cultural background, race, gender, sexuality, historical trauma, and political setting. I am an anti-racist-striving therapist who works from an anti-oppression lens. 

Through training in Somatic Experiencing™ (SE) I have seen great power in the neuro-physiological, embodied way of accessing stored trauma. This work applies to acute, developmental, as well as intergenerational trauma, stored in the nervous system.  
 

More personally, I take a few things very seriously: Olympic weightlifting, trail running, sleep and good food. In my downtime, I am generally either reading, cross-stitching or out looking for the best baked goods with my two kids.

EXPERIENCE SUPPORTING CLIENTS WITH:

Substance abuse and misuse
Self-medication

Depression/Despair/Malaise
Anxiety/Stress

Meaninglessness

Life Transitions

Parenting support

Racialized and Intergenerational Trauma

Relationship Concerns/Communication
Loneliness/Isolation

Sexual Abuse

Complex Trauma

Trans-affirming care

Recovering from Religious Fundamentalism/Rigid Ideologies

TREATMENT APPROACHES

Attachment-based

Culturally-Sensitive

Existential

Feminist
Liberation Psychology

Relational

Somatic

Trauma-Informed Care

TRAINING 

Intensive Training, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy ACT 2021
 

The Psychobiology of Oppression Workshop 2019
 

Certification in Cultural Somatics, June 2019


Affirmative Mental Health Care for Transgender Clients, 2017


International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation 2021


Somatic Experiencing, Beginner 1, 2019


Level 1 Certified Emotion Focused Therapy, 2021

 
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Dr. Wayne Dykstra

I earned a PhD in Psychology from University College Dublin (2015), where my research focus was the history and philosophy of psychology (my dissertation was titled “The Emergence, Transfer and Development of Liberation Psychology: A Narrative Inquiry”).

Prior to doctoral studies, I completed a Master of Arts degree in Existential-Phenomenological Therapeutic Psychology at Seattle University (2008). I worked as a mental health and chemical dependency therapist for children, young adults and families in South Seattle for four years prior to moving to Dublin, Ireland in late 2011. 

My experience providing psychotherapy has been greatly enhanced through my academic work, and I'm happy to speak with you about this. You can expect therapy sessions to be conversational in style and involve humor, the careful examination of your feelings, your history, bodily experience, and personal narrative. 

Outside of my practice, I am passionate about music, the outdoors, running, being a father of two, and feeling haunted by The Remains of the Day.  

EXPERIENCE SUPPORTING CLIENTS WITH:

Substance Use Concerns

Career Support

Depression/Sadness/Malaise

Anxiety/Stress

Life Transitions

Parenting Support

Racialized and Intergenerational Trauma

Relationship Issues

Sexual Abuse

Trans-affirming care

Men's Issues
Sexuality
Recovering from Religious Fundamentalism/Rigid Ideologies

TREATMENT APPROACHES

Attachment-based

Existential-Phenomenological

Feminist
Liberation Psychology

Humanistic

Culturally-Sensitive
Trauma-informed care

TRAINING 

Gabor Mate’s "Healing Trauma and Addiction" (8 sessions)
 

Indigenous Canada course through the University of Alberta Faculty of Native Studies 2020-2021
 

Including recurring Continuing education in Suicide Prevention, Law and Ethics and gender-affirming care

 
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Wayne and Gloria’s approaches are both deeply personal (our feelings and experiences matter to us and should be honored as such) and social (our lives are lived out in the world– and this context effects how we think of ourselves.). As we are passionate about challenging the oft-repeated error of construing counseling as only about one’s “mental” health, it is vitally important that we work together to address your physical, emotional, relational and communal health as well.

Psychotherapy allows for the deep recognition of self that enables one to become more intimately available for others. So many of us struggle with isolation, particularly in cities like Vancouver (and Seattle). As such, we feel psychotherapy is an important aspect of overcoming this isolation in order to facilitate a deeper sense of community. This type of engagement leads not only to positive personal change, but social transformation as well.

Our Work

 

To understand what makes our practice different, and why Wayne or Gloria may be a good fit for you, a little explanation about what we do
might be helpful.

After many years working in community mental health, we went searching for deeper learning around systems of power within Psychology and liberation. Our ongoing study, and Wayne’s doctoral work, further shifted and deepened our counseling work. Both Gloria and Wayne find that psychologists and counselors are often too quick to consider folks’ concerns solely as matters of their personal psychology, (which can risk being overly reductionistic). Rather, as Wayne’s research explored, there is a growing trend to think more holistically, socially, and politically, about our experience.