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FIONA PATTERSON, M.A, RCC

DOCTOR OF PSYCHOLOGY (candidate)

Welcome!

I was born and raised in Victoria, BC, and graduated at the top of my class when I earned a Master of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology, after completing my Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Writing at the University of Victoria.

 

In my post-graduate work, I went on to study Neuropsychology, Somatic Psychotherapy, Interpersonal Neurobiology, and Organizational Psychology.   

 

I am currently pursuing my doctorate in Clinical Psychology. 

 

From an early age, whether it was helping a friend learn to ride a bike, tutoring English to International students, or volunteering on the Crisis Lines, I directed my energy into the helping profession. 

 

Now, with over 15 years of clinical practice, I have honed my craft and coordinated an approach that synthesizes:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

  • Somatic Psychotherapy

  • Attachment Theory

  • Neurobiology

  • Organizational Psychology

  • Trauma Research

  • Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction

  • Dialetical Behavioural Therapy

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

  • Solution Focused Therapy

  • and other therapeutic paradigms. 

 

In addition to my practice, I am also a writer. 

 

Our family enjoys an active lifestyle in nature, and my husband and I are thrilled to be raising our family here.  

HOW I WORK

T.S

"Fiona is a  kind, and empathetic listener.  She helped me identify patterns in my life that were stopping me from living a fulfilled and joyful life."

N.R


"Fiona helped me find meaning and purpose .  She taught me  strategies to take better care of myself, and I learned to stop the negative self-talk. "

A.M

With Fiona's support, I was able to overcome the trauma from my past, and reclaim confidence, power and stability." 

Sad on Couch

I am predominantly a somatic-attachment psychotherapist.  This means, I'm interested to know what your felt sense of experience is, deep within your nervous system, and how this connects to your primary relationships (both past and present).  I want to know how your symptoms show up in your daily life, and how your implicit responses drive your decision-making. 

 

While I do weave in Cognitive Behavioural strategies, and other more traditional models of therapy when they would appear to be beneficial, I am primarily concerned with helping you identify what's going on in your body in response to threat, regulate your emotional system, and help you re-organize disembodied experiences (trauma/stress) into integrated and tolerable ones.