Marita Poll M.Ed. RCC


Counselling Approaches and Training


Using a holistic approach, we will work with your emotions, body, mind and spirituality to assist you in overcoming difficulties, creating change, and fostering personal growth. Counselling can help  you create positive, lasting change in your life.



I am trained in and draw primarily from three main counselling approaches:


1.    Somatic Psychotherapy (ST)


Through paying attention to and working with sensations taking place in the body, you become more aware of how you can regulate your anxiety and distress. This work involves focusing on what is taking place in the moment in terms of physical sensations (including movement, gestures and impulses), information from senses, thoughts, and images which allows for a new way to see a previous experience.  I completed a  two-year Somatic Transformation Psychotherapy Program.


2.    Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT)


EFT is an empirically-based approach, based on methods designed to help people accept, express, regulate, make sense of and transform emotion. EFT focuses on the development of emotional intelligence and on the importance of secure relationships. Emotions tell us what is important to us in a situation, and act as a guide to what we need or want. EFT focuses on helping you become aware of and express your emotions.  You can learn to tolerate, regulate, reflect on, make sense of and transform your emotions.   Emotional Intelligence is fostered through experiencing your emotions as they arise in the safety of the counselling session, which allows you to then discover the value of greater awareness and develop a more flexible management of emotions. 


3.    Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy:


This approach focuses on understanding the links between thoughts, feelings and behaviours; that is, understanding the impact of beliefs on the way you sees the world and how it impacts your ability to change.


If you are interested in more complete listing of my professional development, see the list below:


  • Solution-Focused Counselling, N. McConkey, Victoria, BC

  • Psychosocial Care of the Dying  and Bereaved, Victoria Hospice, Victoria, BC

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Training, A. Houston Mais, Victoria, BC

  • Somatic Transformation (2 year psychotherapy training program), S. Stanley, Victoria, BC

  • Emotion-Focused Therapy: Skills Training - Level 1 & 2 (8 days), L. Greenberg, Toronto, ON

  • Couples Counselling Training Program, Citizens Counselling Centre, Victoria, BC

  • Spiritual Care, Victoria Hospice, Victoria, BC

  • Group Life Review Training (2 days), T. Black, Victoria BC

  • Community Mental Health Education Course (72 hours), VIHA, Victoria BC

  • Reiki, Master Level, L. Gervais, Ottawa, ON

  • Grief and Bereavement Training for AIDS support Workers, (5 days), Grief and Bereavement Project of Ontario, Toronto, ON

  • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention, Canadian Mental Health Association, Ottawa, ON

  • Suicide Intervention, Canadian Mental Health Association, Ottawa, ON

  • Life Skills Coaches Training (50 hours), Ottawa YMCA, Ottawa, ON