about me

Hi, my name is

Ainsley Kensall

Clinical Associate, Registered Clinical Counsellor

Hello! My name is Ainsley (She/Her), and I’m one of the contracted registered clinical counsellors at Providence.

  • Trauma-Informed Registered CVAP Therapist
  • OEI Level One Trained
  • EMDR Trained
  • Gabor Maté Compassion Inquiry
Mondays - Thursdays

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When I consider my why: why this work matters to me, why I love it, why I believe in and find a sense of meaning with it, I am often brought back to the stories I’ve seen unfold and the considerable strength I’ve witnessed. I’m brought back to my own story of learning, both to trust the resilience inside of myself, and to allow myself to be a relational being with the need to heal in community.

As humans, we are largely shaped by the world that we live in, the relationships we build, and the experiences we have.

Perhaps this is why it feels unreasonable to consider that we might make it through life unaffected by the moments of pain in our world, the feeling of disconnect in our relationships, and our own experiences of harm. It seems only natural that we might struggle from time to time. Through both my work as a therapist and my theological studies prior to this work, I have found myself curious about the innate human capacity to heal, something that I find often begins with undoing aloneness. In my work, I’ve witnessed the incredible resilience and transformation that can emerge when a safe space is held for one’s story and experience. I continue to stand in awe of that resilience.

I believe that the counselling process is one of building awareness through curiosity, in a space safe enough to tend to the vulnerabilities that connect us.

In our work together, we would begin here, by considering what safety might feel like and look like for you so that we can cultivate it in the space.

Therapeutic Approach

I approach my work from a feminist lens that acknowledges the structural barriers and societal expectations that often influence our experiences. I will seek to empower you and de-pathologize your experience. I do this through several therapeutic methods that I’ve detailed below.

  • Mindfulness-Based
  • Somatic/Body Oriented
  • Trauma-Informed
  • Polyvagal Informed
  • Synergetic Play Therapy
  • Dialectical-Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Observed & Experiential Integration (OEI): Level 1
  • Gottman Method Couples Therapy: Level 1

Areas Of Focus

  • Anxiety/Panic
  • Guilt/Shame
  • Trauma & PTSD
  • Complex Trauma & Emotional Dysregulation
  • Childhood Sexual Abuse
  • Sexual Violence (both with adults & children)
  • Spiritual Issues & Spiritual Abuse

If you’d like to work with me, we can book a 20-minute conversation to support you in getting a sense of whether or not working together might feel right.

I look forward to connecting with you!