Dr. Raechelle Paperny
Ph.D., R. Psych.
A Registered Psychologist since 2001, Raechelle came to the profession after a career in dance. Movement remains a passion of hers and – through a focus on the mind/body connection – it is deeply integrated into her work. Raechelle has worked in a variety of settings including research, assessment, and teaching; she was an instructor at both Mount Royal University and The University of Calgary. After working with foster and adoption families for a number of years, Raechelle found her clinical practice and expertise in counseling young women and their families at Juno House starting in 2011. The unifying thread is her 20-year-long focus on attachment theory as it applies to both research and therapy. She has also applied this practice into raising her two children, now teenagers.
Raechelle received her BA in Psychology from Simon Fraser University, and an MSc and PhD in Developmental and Counselling Psychology from The University of Calgary. In her Masters, Raechelle’s research focused on early attachments and developmental outcomes; in her doctoral program, she examined attachment in adoptees. In lieu of this work, Raechelle holds two core beliefs. First, emotional connection with others is key to our survival as human beings, and second, that it is through relationships that we shape our brains. It is from this experience of connection that we develop our sense of self, other, and our patterns of emotional regulation.
The Juno House therapeutic model offers the corrective experience of “re-wiring” the brain by creating new neural pathways and more adaptive patterns for well being. Adopting this approach, Raechelle is trained in and practices both EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing) and EFFT (Emotion-Focused Family Therapy).
Raechelle has witnessed time and again the self-righting nature we all possess to re-wire our brains toward health. This capacity gives her a foundation of hope that inspires her work with young women and their families struggling with issues of anxiety, eating disorders, self-harm, and depression. Raechelle creates a therapeutic atmosphere that emphasizes safety, acceptance, understanding, and authenticity as she accompanies her clients on their therapeutic paths to emotional resilience and wholeness.
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1902 5A St SW
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