RSW and associate
Terri-Lynn Kent, RSW studied at the University of Calgary and achieved a Master’s Degree in Social Work. She has over 18 years of clinical experience in health care and Employee and Family Assistance Environments. Terri-Lynn has worked closely with individuals and families living with chronic illness, cancer, dementia, persistent pain, conflict, stress, loss, anxiety, depression, and marital separation.
Collaborating with individuals is important for Terri-Lynn, as she respects individuals’ physical, emotional, social, and spiritual circumstances, to help achieve goals, enhance self-efficacy, and improve quality of life. To assist individuals to solve problems and work towards goal attainment, Terri-Lynn creates a safe and caring space for individuals to share their stories and engage in a healing process. According to the unique needs of each individual’s circumstances, Terri-Lynn draws upon:
- Cognitive behavior therapy
- Attachment theory
- Brief solution focused therapy
- Relaxation & mindfulness techniques
- Physiology education
- Stress management training
- Grief counselling, and
- Fitness training interventions
She emphasizes the use of practical tools that fit into the everyday lives of her clients, so that they make measurable progress toward meeting goals.
Terri-Lynn has a special interest in coaching parents who are raising children with developmental challenges. She aims to support and guide families overwhelmed by the day to day stressors and losses that can be experienced when a child processes and behaves differently than expected. She is dedicated to teaching families practical skills to navigate the confusion and obstacles that are often part of the many systems within the helping communities, schools, government funding agencies, and the Canada Revenue Agency. Terri-Lynn is committed to helping families construct effective care plans, support networks and advocacy strategies to help children reach their best potential.
Terri-Lynn offers families a unique perspective, as she too walks the challenging and rewarding path of raising a child with complex developmental needs. Consequently, she provides a nurturing and accepting environment for families to feel supported and take steps to bring balance and healing into their lives.
Terri-Lynn specializes in a variety of concerns, including:
- Child behavioral challenges
- Parenting strategies
- Supporting parents raising children with Developmental Disabilities, including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Pathological Demand Avoidance, Oppositional Defiant Disorder
- Chronic Illness self-management
- Persistent Pain
- Anxiety & Depression
- Grief & Loss
- Separation & Divorce
- Family Conflict
- Life Transitions