"The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are."
Personal experience, a satisfying career in the helping profession, and continuing education inform Kelly Copeland's practice as a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC), Registered Counselling Therapist (RCT), and Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS).
For Kelly, counselling is a calling and her passion and love for her work is at its core. Each client is provided with an experience that enhances their ability to trust, express their feelings and learn new ways to cope and enjoy life.
A way of working
In keeping with her mindfulness-based Jungian practice, Kelly believes that giving voice to repressed thoughts and feelings can clear the way to our inner wisdom and help us live in the present moment.
In their work together, Kelly and her clients uncover the nuances of clients' personal circumstances; identify meaningful goals; co-develop strategies; and collaboratively evaluate progress. Kelly encourages clients to blend their unique strengths and gifts to gain clarity around past or present hurtful events or to set new courses of action.
Kelly's 20-year career as a therapeutic recreation specialist working in multidisciplinary teams in long-term care facilities means she's adept at helping caregivers navigate -- or consider navigating -- the process of transitioning an older adult into enhanced care.
Deciding to engage in counselling can be a big step. Kelly values clients' diverse backgrounds, worldviews, and life experiences.
Education and Kelly's personal side
Kelly earned a Master of Education in Counselling degree from Acadia University, a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist certificate from the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification, and a Bachelor in Leisure Studies degree from Dalhousie University.
Her recent professional development includes Foundations of Applied Mindfulness and Contemplation and Contemplative Mental Health Series, Atlantic Contemplative Centre (2012-2014); Strategies for Resolving Impact Post Traumatic Stress, Crisis & Trauma Resource Institute Inc. (2014); and Contemplative Professional Development Mentorship Program, Atlantic Contemplative Centre (2014).
For fun and for a greater sense of well-being, Kelly enjoys spending time with her family, journaling in nature at Hubbards area beaches, and hiking at Cranberry Lake in Upper Tantallon.
Did you know?
In Canada, counselling therapists are accountable to the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) and certified therapeutic recreation specialists are accountable to the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC). In Nova Scotia, counselling therapists are also accountable to the Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists (NSCCT), a regulatory body. Kelly holds full certification and registration with these administering organizations. She adheres to the organizations' codes of ethics and standards of practice.