about me

Hi, my name is

Debra Rapske

MACP - Registered Psychologist
Senior Associate, Registered Clinical Psychologist

Hi, I’m Debra, and I am a Senior Clinical Associate Counsellor and Registered Psychologist at Providence Therapy.

  • Internal Family Systems (IFS) Practitioner - Formal Training
  • Certified Level Two OEI Practitioner
  • Certified EMDR Therapist
  • Somatic Practitioner
  • Emotion Focused Couples Therapy (EFT)
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Debra Rapske, MACP, Registered Psychologist

I hold a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Trinity Western University. I am a Registered Psychologist, holding memberships with the College of Psychologists of British Columbia #2358, the College of Alberta Psychologists #4222, and the Psychologists Association of Alberta # 9215. I am also a member of EMDR Canada. I am an IFS Trained Therapist, a Certified EMDR Therapist and Lens Neurofeedback provider.

Choosing to go to therapy requires courage, trust, and a strong commitment. Regardless of your circumstances, whether you are having problems in your relationships, having difficulties because of trauma, or are experiencing low mood, stress, and anxiety; my hope is that you will find your way through it. With that in mind, in our work together, it is important to me to take an empathic, compassionate, and nonjudgmental approach to create a safe and caring environment for you. By engaging with and processing your story, my hope is that you come to recognize your patterns of thought, emotion, perceptions, and responses so that you experience changes in your symptoms. As you heal, you can learn to build self confidence, overcome challenges, make meaning of your circumstances, and move forward.

I work with Individual adults, couples, and families. To aid my work, I use the felt connection between the body, mind, emotions, and spirit. My primary approaches are Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS), EMDR Therapy, Observed and Experiential Integration Therapy (OEI), and other process-oriented body therapies. In my couples’ work, I integrate perspectives from Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy and IFS. Theoretic approaches include polyvagal theory, trauma theory, structural dissociation theory, emerging research in interpersonal neurobiology and neuroscience, with particular emphasis on attachment and relational healing. Each of these perspectives highlights the important implications for the
human capacity to heal.

It is my desire to help support and guide my clients towards more integration and wholeness. As events become sufficiently processed, you can be informed by the memories rather than controlled by them, leading to effective, positive, and lasting changes in your lives.

I look forward to starting the process of healing with you.

Debra’s Clinical Experience includes

  • Trauma
  • Complex trauma and dissociative disorders
  • Abuse & Neglect
  • Attachment Disorders
  • Relationship Concerns
  • Grief & Loss
  • Building Self-esteem
  • Communication issues including boundary setting and assertiveness
  • Depression
  • Anxiety/Panic
  • Performance Anxiety
  • Phobias
  • Spiritual Issues
  • Psychoeducation

Therapeutic Approaches

  • Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy*
  • Observed & Experiential Integration Therapy (OEI)*
  • Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS)
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples and Individuals
  • Sand Tray Therapy

On a personal Note

I find joy in travel and nature. I particularly enjoy creating a garden of beautiful flowers and foliage. This helps me to feel at ease and regulate emotionally. I love how I feel when I sit and enjoy the fruits of my labor. I do this when I need to feel more connected to myself and God. ☺