Rachel Dundas

Wheatland County Counselling was founded by Rachel Dundas, Registered Psychologist, Certified Play Therapist, and Certified Trauma Practitioner.

Rachel has a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology and has completed specialized training in the areas of Play Therapy and Trauma. Rachel was recently awarded her certification as a Certified Play Therapist.  This designation is a prestigious achievement in Canada; Rachel is 1 of only 16 Certified Play Therapists in Alberta and less than 100 in Canada.

Rachel has experience working with children, teens, adults and families. She has worked in both the school and health care systems.

Residing in the Wheatland County area, Rachel saw a growing need for accessible counselling and play therapy services, particularly in the Strathmore and Drumheller areas. By providing services in these areas, Rachel hopes that children and families will not face travel barriers that may have prevented them from accessing counselling services in the past.

In her free time, Rachel enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, reading, and organizing. 

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Rachel's Approach

Every person (adults and children alike) have an internal drive for balance and health. This internal drive is known as an "innate wisdom" (Marie Jose-Dhaese).  Just like a flower, we try to grow towards the "light." This light is already within a person, sometimes they just need restorative space and comforting guidance to move towards it.

This is one of the main principals that guide my practice. With this belief as my grounding, I combine expressive, cognitive behavioural and humanistic theories to promote trauma-informed healing.

I strongly believe in "meeting a person where they are at." Each child and adult I work with is unique, and will require a unique approach. I provide both directive and non-directive play therapy, as well as traditional "talk" therapy based on assessment and consultation with clients and/or parents.