Alisha Sabourin, B.A., M.C.
Registered Psychologist | Certified Grief Recovery Specialist®
Working with people who have experienced grief and loss impassioned my interest in pursuing a specialization in Grief Recovery®. I also had the painful experiences of putting my childhood dog down and going through a traumatic break-up that involved significant losses of trust and safety. Through my personal journey of loss and healing I learned the value of being gentle with my emotions, the power of forgiveness, and that I am ultimately responsible for my recovery.
As a Registered Psychologist and Certified Grief Recovery Specialist®, I have supported people through a variety of presenting matters including grief and loss, complex trauma, dual and multiple diagnosis, physical impairments, brain injury, cognitive and developmental delays, addictions, youth at risk, family-oriented concerns, and sexual and physical abuse. I am also LGBTQ friendly.
I have extensively travelled the world and some of my favourite destinations include Croatia, Lebanon, Egypt, Turkey, Malaysia, Spain, and England. I am foodie at heart and love trying new restaurants. I also enjoy spending time with my friends, attending musical festivals, and practicing yoga and boxing to stay fit.
Alisha Sabourin brings forth over 10 years of therapeutic experience. She has been a Registered Psychologist since 2018 and a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist® since 2014. She has extensive experience providing therapy services to individuals, couples, families, and groups.
Alisha obtained her Master of Counselling at City University of Seattle. While obtaining her Master’s degree, she completed two clinical internships in private practice and one at a non-profit organization. During Alisha’s internships she provided therapy and assessment services to individuals, couples, families, and groups. Alisha is particularly passionate about providing bereavement counselling to individuals who have experienced loss of any kind.
While completing her Master’s degree, Alisha became a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist®. She was trained under John James, the Founder of the Grief Recovery Institute®, and Ashley Mielke, Founder and Director of the Grief & Trauma Healing Centre.
Alisha’s educational background also includes a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Concordia University College of Alberta and additional coursework in Native Studies at the University of Alberta. Alisha also volunteered for the Chrysalis Anti-Human Trafficking Network, which is a trauma counselling hotline for people who have been exploited for the purposes of commercial sex or forced labour.
Other Professional Activities
In addition to her work at The Grief & Trauma Healing Centre, Alisha enjoys working with children at Dreamcatcher Nature Assisted Therapy Association. There she utilizes unique methods of therapy to facilitate healing in a powerful way, including Animal Assisted Therapy and Equine Facilitated Counselling. Other interventions that she utilizes include play therapy, sand tray therapy, art therapy, nature assisted therapy, and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR).