Additional Wellness Services
Members of the QUEERFLEX Fit Fam will enjoy access to queer and trans affirming massage therapy, Reiki energy healing, a Health At Every Size dietician, and an intern counsellor, all at sliding scare pricing.
More information on our Memberships can be found HERE.
Michelle approaches counselling from a collaborative, client-as-expert methodology that focusses on conversation. Conversations led by you, the expert in your own life. Her principle interest in your sessions together is you and what you need in order to tell the story of your life in your own words. Together you will sit and have a therapeutic conversation through the lens of Narrative Therapy.
What the heck is Narrative Therapy*?
Narrative therapists are interested in working with people to bring forth and thicken stories that do not support or sustain problems. As people begin to inhabit and live out the alternative stories, the results are beyond solving problems. Within the new stories, people live out new self-images, new possibilities for relationships and new futures (Combs & Freedman, 1996).
Narrative Therapy understands that people are a collection of many stories. Stories we tell about ourselves, stories others tell of us, stories the world expects of us. We live many stories at once, and Narrative Therapy’s goal is to find ways for clients to cut through the noise of problem stories and dominant discourses to discover their preferred narrative.
Narrative therapy seeks to be a respectful, non-blaming approach to counselling and community work, which centres people as the experts in their own lives. It views problems as separate from people and assumes people have many skills, competencies, beliefs, values, commitments and abilities that will assist them to reduce the influence of problems in their lives.
Narrative therapy prizes curiosity and a willingness to ask questions to which we genuinely do not know the answers.
There are many possible directions for therapeutic conversations and there is no single correct direction.
The person consulting the therapist plays a significant role in determining the direction of the conversation.
*This has been adapted from the awesome introduction from the Duhlwich Centre and Alice Morgan’s (2000) book What is narrative therapy? An easy-to-read introduction.
The cost of these sessions is by donation to members only, with money going back to QUEERFLEX to fund our programming.
Our massage therapist Johnny offers Thai and standard massage. More details to come, see Johny’s bio HERE.
The cost of these sessions is sliding scale, between $10-$60 for members, and $80 for non-members.
Reiki Energy Healing
Reiki is a simple form of energy work that activates the natural healing processes in the mental, physical, emotional and spiritual body. The practitioner channels positive life force energy to them and through them to facilitate this work. Reiki is done clothed, with or without touch, and is safe for all bodies.
Kyle Fairall is a Master Reiki Practitioner and Teacher, and has been doing energy work for well over a decade. Their intuitive and compassionate nature, combined with their commitment to radical, holistic, trauma-informed healing guides their practice.
The cost of these sessions is sliding scale, between $30-$80 for members, and $80 for non-members.