Harrogate Psychological Services

 

Franki Harrogate, Registered Provisional Psychologist

I am a Registered Provisional Psychologist with a general private practice in

north-central Edmonton. I work with adult clients on a variety of issues, including:

  • Boundaries

  • Stress

  • Trauma

  • Life Transitions

  • Depression & Anxiety

  • Compassion Fatigue/Burnout

  • Relationships

  • I also have a special interest in Attention-Deficit

       Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and how trauma

       symptoms often overlap with ADHD to impact executive

       functioning.

I offer free video (or phone) consultations for new clients. This allows us to get a sense of what it might be like to work together and answer any general or specific questions you might have about therapy, my practice, your goals, etc.  Please check out my pages for individual or relationship counselling for further information.

I am exclusively using video and phone for all sessions due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

 

While I am currently accepting new clients, please note that all no-cost and low-cost (under $100/hour) spaces are full. I am unfortunately unable to offer a waitlist for these spaces at this time.

I provide counselling services for individuals as well as relationship counselling. LGBT2SQ+ , polyamorous, and sex worker clients are all welcome.

I am a proponent of harm reduction practices. My role (as I see it) is to assist clients through the process of finding or creating more sustainable, long-term supports if that is their goal or would be helpful. It is never my job to shame, dismiss or minimize anyone's coping strategies.

I am also part of a collective that produces and facilitates weekend workshops on understanding and living with ADHD. Our next workshop dates are November 2022 and January 2023. Please contact me for more details.

My main approach is feminist therapy, which boils down to:

1) You are the expert on your experiences, and it's not my job to "fix" you. You're not broken! I provide a space where we can work together to figure out priorities as well as set goals and decide how to move forward. Together, we will find a way to support your healing journey that works best for you.

2) Our experiences are impacted by the systems in which we live: nothing we experience happens in a vacuum. The world we live in and its systems (social, political, environmental, family, etc.) impact us and our lives. Feminist therapy acknowledges that the systems in which we live can both benefit us and cause us harm. 

3) I actively interrogate my whiteness, my internalization of white supremacist capitalist patriarchy frameworks, and work to dismantle these both as part of my practice and my way of being in the world. This includes reckoning with and divesting from the social contract of whiteness by dismantling my relationship to and engagement with this framework.

I focus on supporting people where they're at, rather than asking someone to conform to a particular idea of mental health. The only person who can know what is and isn't working for you is you. A "gold-star" treatment, to me, is one that my clients find supportive and beneficial. Making the decision to find support is a great first step. Finding a therapist that "clicks" is also important - for further information about how to decide if a therapist is right for you, please visit my resources page. Finally, as someone diagnosed with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) as an adult, I have a particular interest in how trauma symptoms and coping strategies can sometimes overlap with executive dysfunction.

I am a non-binary queer, fat, neurodivergent, white therapist. I reside and practice on the ancestral, traditional, and contemporary gathering grounds, meeting places, and travelling routes for the peoples of this area, known as Amiskwacîwâskahikan. I recognize that I am on stolen land and commit to Land Back, with all of the complexities and discussions entailed by that concept. I also commit to defending water rights for all: Water Is Life.
I extend my gratitude to the many Indigenous peoples who have rich histories and ongoing connections here. Amiskwacîwâskahikan encompasses the lands of at least 17 different Indigenous peoples (including Plains Cree, Tsuut'ina, Cree, Blackfoot, Nakota Sioux, Dene, Chipewyan, Assiniboine, Ojibwe/Saulteaux/Anishnaabe), as well the territories of the Métis and Inuit. I thank them for their ongoing stewardship of the lands and waters that sustain all life. I commit to recognizing, supporting, and advocating for the sovereignty of all Indigenous Nations, worldwide, and particularly the many Indigenous peoples who live, work, and study in the City of Edmonton and the Province of Alberta. By offering this land acknowledgement, I affirm Indigenous sovereignty and commit to holding everyone (including institutions, organizations, and disciplines) more accountable to the needs of Indigenous peoples, as well as acknowledging and accepting my specific responsibilities under treaty.
“Everyone is familiar with the slogan "The personal is political" -- not only that what we experience on a personal level has profound political implications, but that our interior lives, our emotional lives are very much informed by ideology. We oftentimes do the work of the state in and through our interior lives. What we often assume belongs most intimately to ourselves and to our emotional life has been produced elsewhere and has been recruited to do the work of racism and repression.”
― Angela Y. Davis (2016), Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement
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