Rachael Pasemko is the therapist at Lighthouse and has worked as a support for people, including individuals, children, and families for over ten years. She is married, has adult children, and an awesome grandson. She loves yoga, running slowly, nature, making a mess of crafty projects, starting new knitting patterns, and is passionate about supporting people to heal and live a positive life.
Rachael believes that all people possess an inherent, internal drive toward positive change and growth. They also have the ability to do what is necessary to achieve that growth and given the right environment, that includes relationship, emotional and physical safety, and a connection to their Self, they will move in that direction. What each person requires is different so her work is always client-centred with a specific attunement to what each individual may need at that time. Rachael works using a 'right brained bottom up approach' to therapy that is based in a safe, trusting relationship. She has good knowledge of the body's nervous system, how stress and trauma impact us, and how to facilitate growth and healing.
Rachael is a Registered Social Worker, a Registered Clinical Counsellor, and a Registered Play Therapist. She has a bachelor's degree in Social Work and a masters degree in Counselling Psychology. She finished a two year program on somatic therapies and bringing the body into practice with Lisa Mortimore in Victoria, BC (http:://www.lisamortimore.com). She has attended extensive training with the Canadian Association for Child and Play Therapy (http://www.cacpt.com) and The Center for Expressive Therapy (www.centerforexpressivetherapy.com). She is also currently becoming certified in Synergetic Play Therapy with Lisa Dion out of the the Synergetic Play Therapy Institute (synergeticplaytherapy.com) in Boulder, Colorado. Rachael is committed to doing the best work she is able for the people she supports so she engages in ongoing learning. She is committed to keeping relevant in the quickly expanding field of neuroscience and therapy.
Education: Bachelor of Social Work Master of Arts Counselling Psychology Brief Systemic Family Therapy Diploma Bringing the Body into Practice (Somatic Therapy) Certification in Synergetic Play Therapy (in process)
Certificates and Training: Level I Child Psychotherapy and Play Therapy Certificate Level I & II Sand Play Therapy Traumatic Play to Creative Play Expressive Therapies in the Play Room Certificate in Response Based Approach to Trauma and Violence Human Service Worker Certificate Bringing the Body Into Practice - An attachment based somatic approach to therapy Introduction to Synergetic Play Therapy Certification in Synergetic Play Therapy (in process)
Registrations and Associations: Registered Play Therapist with Association for Play Therapy #T2698 Registered Clinical Counsellor with British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors #8779 Registered Social Worker with British Columbia College of Social Workers #10770 Member in good standing: Association of Play Therapy British Columbia Association of Play Therapy Canadian Association of Child and Play Therapy