I earned my Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology with Presidential Honors after a rigorous four years. I worked my internship at Comox Valley Mental Health and Addiction Services, the Comox Valley Transition Society, and the North Island Adult Survivors Healing Society – Counselling Centre for Adults Affected by Abuse.
I am a Registered Clincial Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (www.bc-counsellors.org) and a Certified Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (www.ccpa-accp.ca). I am also a registered service provider with the Crime Victim Assistance Program so if you are a claimant, I provide counselling to you. I am an Employee Assistance Plan (EAP) counselling provider for Homewood Health, Arete, LifeWorks, as well as a number of other employers in the Comox Valley.
For my Master’s thesis, I created a Masters level course for counsellor-trainees in spiritual competencies. “Spiritual” in this context is not necessarily connected to “religion” (although it can be). I used the American Counselling Association’s competencies in four major areas – knowledge of spiritual phenomena, awareness of one’s own spiritual perspective, understanding clients’ spiritual perspective, and spirituality-related interventions and strategies (Hage, et al., 2006). These competencies are not specific to any one spiritual tradition so my work is syncretic, ecumenical and global. I am respectful and sensitive in acknowledging that spirituality may not be salient for individual clients, and my rigorous training in a variety of psychotherapy modalities allows for other avenues for healing.
I am also a Master teacher with over 30 years experience teaching young adults. I taught Psychology, English, Drama, and Musical Theatre and was a Career Counsellor for a segment of that time. I envisioned large musicals and wrote the books to accompany music revues so up to 65 students could have parts. Our shows typically sold out to full houses and the process was always both challenging and rewarding.
In my “spare” time, I directed social action dramatic pieces for the Walk to End Racism or for Anti-Violence projects. For example, I mounted a dramatic version of Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues and by donating my director’s fees, raised over $13,000.00 for a Women’s Centre on the North Island.
Healing Touch and Reiki Credentials:
Terry Folks is a Certified Healing Touch Practitioner (CHTP), and is a Reiki Master and Instructor. She continues her training and energy therapy practice in both modalities.
Energy therapy practice partner, Wendy Turner, is also a Certified Healing Touch Practitioner (CHTP), and is a Reiki Level 1 practitioner. She too continues her training and energy therapy practice in both modalities.