Margot Crane, B.A., M.C.
Registered Psychologist | Registered Social Worker | EMDR Clinician
I am inspired by the resiliency and inherent capacity for individuals to heal. Grief has traditionally been misunderstood and concealed, relegated to the shadows and often not talked about openly. I continue to be grateful for the opportunity to journey alongside others, providing support and authentic connection toward recovery.
Prior to employment in mental health, I worked in child protection for over ten years. Grief and trauma were evident in the children, intergenerationally in the families, the caregivers/foster homes, and even the professionals working in the field. At the same time, the strength and compassion I witnessed was encouraging.
Throughout the course of life, loss is a universal experience; I too have worked though significant personal losses. My mother passed away suddenly and unexpectedly in 2008. This loss was pivotal and life changing for me. It was the catalyst for me to return to school and obtain my Master’s in Counselling Psychology.
I provide a safe, non-judgemental, and compassionate therapeutic space for youth, adults and parents/caregivers. My approach is flexible and collaborative with foundations in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement and Desensitization (EMDR), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Motivational Interviewing and mindfulness. I have a specialty in working with concurrent disorders, individuals with a mental health concern and substance use struggles at the same time. Often unresolved grief and trauma contribute to this cycle and healing is necessary for recovery. In addition, I have supported people though a variety of lived experiences including relationship and job loss, childhood trauma, placement breakdown, parent-child relationship struggles, step-family integration, diagnosis of child, family of origin issues and residential school trauma.
In my personal life, I enjoy travelling, music, time with family and friends, hiking and adventure. Most recently I spent a month in Cambodia where I had the opportunity to spend 10 days at a yoga and meditation retreat; also visiting orphanages and supporting local agencies that prevent sex trafficking and exploitation of women and children. Continued learning, balance and self growth are also important to me. My intention for 2020 is to complete yoga teacher training.
Margot Crane has provided support to children, youth and families from various walks of life and circumstances for 19 years. She has been a Registered Social worker since 2000 and a Registered Psychologist since 2014.
After completion of her undergraduate degree in Criminology, at the University of Alberta, Margot worked in the field of child protection in various capacities. She supported families in crisis, teens in independent living, foster and adoptive home providers, facilitated out of home placements, coordinated resources, liaised with Indigenous bands and facilitated life long connections.
Margot completed her Master in Counselling Psychology through City University of Seattle in 2012. She completed her 1600 residency hours in child, adolescent and family mental health working with infant and preschool populations, as well as adolescent concurrent disorders.
As the clinical lead for a concurrent disorders program, Margot has provided leadership, supervision and coaching to a multidisciplinary team including psychiatry, nursing, social work, psychology and practicum students. In this practice, she completes biopsychosocial assessments, empowers clients to cocreate goals and tailors supports to the identified need. Margot employs a myriad of evidence-based tools including Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution Focussed Therapy. She has been trained in and utilized EMDR in practice since 2017. In addition, she has taken workshops in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Self-Compassion, Dialectical Behavioral skills. Margot certified as a meditation teacher for children and youth through Lifestyle Meditation and has facilitated self empowerment groups for teens. She is a contracted supervisor for Mapletree Consulting in Structured Assessment Family Evaluation home studies for prospective kinship, foster and adoptive homes.
Margot has collaborated with many groups providing mental health presentations at schools to youth and staff. She has been featured in the Norlein Foundation Brain Story Certification promotional video and has co-authored a course in Alternative Healing Methods for a local Indigenous college. Margot has supervised Master’s level social work and psychology students. Margot has provided consultation to mental health team supporting teen parents, as well as primary care physicians in a rural setting. In 2018, she co-presented at the Collaborative Health Care conference in Richmond, BC. Margot is currently a member of the Canadian Centre for Substance Use and Addiction Workforce Competencies group.