Trish is a Master Therapeutic Counsellor, life coach, instructor and workshop facilitator, located in Vancouver, British Columbia; the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. Trish’s training and focus is in the area of Transpersonal Psychology, which integrates the spiritual and transcendent aspects of the human experience with the framework of modern psychology.(http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3330526/
Trish works from a combination of therapeutic approaches based on the individual goals of the client. Sessions generally integrate a combination of coaching tools with therapeutic counselling approaches including: Person-Centered (Rogerian) Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Bowen Family Systems Therapy (including the exploration, identification, and healing of trans-generational transmissions of trauma, and other transmissions passed down through the family system impacting the client); developmental Attachment Theory, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Interpersonal Neurobiology, Mindfulness, and Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC). Trish integrates these tools along with various therapeutic approaches within the framework of Transpersonal Psychology which fosters the fulfillment of our highest potential as human beings. (for more detailed information on these areas of focus just click on the ‘About‘ tab, above).
In addition to a Registered Therapeutic Counsellor, Trish has been a Co-Active life coach since 2008, and trained through the Coaches Training Institute (CTI) in San Francisco, California.
From 2008 – 2016, Trish was the Executive Director for a Canadian foundation for mental health and addiction where she worked closely with the UBC/Providence Health Care LEAF Chair in Addiction and Concurrent Disorders and an advisory committee of Canadian and international researchers with the aim to increase awareness in the area of addiction and concurrent disorders (the relationship between addiction and mental health). Since 2015, Trish has been a therapist in private practice, and an instructor in a 3-year counselling training certification program. Since 2017 Trish has provided online and in-person strength focused, trauma-informed trainings, and supervision, for counselling students and mental health therapists who are interested in updating their knowledge and skills in the area of trauma and resilience. The first training in this area, in 2017 was in partnership with researchers from Dalhousie University’s Centre for Emotions and Health, providing training to physicians and mental health practitioners on the relationship between unresolved trauma and physical illnesses (somatoform disorders), which she held at UBC. Since this time, Trish has provided Trauma-Informed and Resiliency-Informed Trainings with the goal of making this information more accessible to a wider group of people. Topics also include: increasing relational resiliency, preventing and healing compassion fatigue, secondary trauma and burnout. To date, these trainings have been provided to over 2,100 front-line workers, school teachers, school counsellors/staff members, corporations, non-profit organizations, provincial health authorities, and the general public. Trish also provides training on healing Intergenerational/transgenerational trauma, and she co-facilitates workshops on healing Indigenous Intergenerational and residential school trauma. For further details please see http://trishwalsh.ca/trauma-training/
Trish is also only of of a few coaches in North America who specialize in training for Trauma-Informed Coaching, and Transpersonal Coaching. For more information on Transpersonal Coaching, see: Transpersonal coaching
At the foundation of all of Trish’s work is the tenet that with deeper understanding, our struggles can be tremendous opportunities for growth and transformational expansion of our relationships, the world, and of ourselves.
Featured Links, Videos & Podcasts:
National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation reports: https://nctr.ca/records/reports/ and the “Lessons Learned: Survivor Perspectives” document : https://nctr.ca/records/reports/ a
- “Untangling Anxiety Pathways” interview with Dr. Allan Abbass, Dalhousie Center for Emotions and Health: https://www.curablehealth.com/podcast/anxiety-pathways
- April 25, 2021 CAMH interview with Jesse Thistle re: healing Intergenerational Trauma: https://sw-ke.facebook.com/CentreforAddictionandMentalHealth/videos/from-the-ashes-a-conversation-with-jesse-thistle/452546449382694/
- Dr. Steve Cole, UCLA “Social Regulation and Gene Expression” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqEEYfp7tXI
- May 4, 2021 Brené Brown interviews Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Bruce D. Perry on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing https://open.spotify.com/episode/7GgvaJ3DUL4oQyxtyr86H3
- March 2020: Dr. Stephen Porges: How to Counter the effects of social/physical distancing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FGTHm6R4pc
- Jan. 2019: Dr. Rick Hanson interview with Tara Brach “Caring for Yourself” http://www.rickhanson.net/being-well-podcast-caring-for-yourself/
- Tara Brach talk “Taking the Exquisite Risk: An Undefended Heart” https://www.tarabrach.com/undefended-heart/
- Podcast interview with Linda Graham: “Cultivating Response Flexibility: Neuroscience in Psychotherapy” http://www.soundstrue.com/store/weeklywisdom?page=single&category=IATE&episode=12267
- CBC Tapestry podcast: Psilocybin research in palliative care: http://www.cbc.ca/radio/tapestry/taking-the-grim-out-of-grim-reaper-with-a-psychedelic-trip-1.2992608/psychologist-anthony-bossis-can-psychedelic-drugs-help-ease-the-fear-of-death-1.2994067
A beautiful short claymation film by Ainslie Henderson about the ego defense system (inner critic) and a path to healing: https://vimeo.com/45281618
“Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about…”
Viktor Frankl (author of Man’s Search for Meaning): ” Why Believe in Others? “
The neurobiology of memory, and healing implicit emotional memory:
“neuroscience is catching up to psychotherapy” – Dr Daniela Schiller