Calgary Therapy Services

Virtuous Circle Counselling

So things might not be going as planned and you might be questioning where do I go from here? Good news, you’ve already taken the first step to shift the course.

I am here to facilitate change with you.

At Virtuous Circle Counselling, I provide Individual and Couples Therapy. Services are accessible with extended hours to offer in-person, online or phone sessions.

Tiffany Petite MSW, RSW

Experienced Therapist In Calgary

Hello, my name is Tiffany Petite. I am born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. I have practiced as a registered social worker for 15 years. I hold a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Waterloo and an Undergraduate Degree in Social Work from Thompson Rivers University. I became a social worker by both personal and professional evolution.

I am an evidence based-practitioner who has extensive training and experience working with adults and families. My training has included models such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness and Prolonged Exposure Therapy. I endorse a client centred and collaborative approach. I am inclusive, welcoming and incorporate cultural safety

"YOUR SPARK CAN BECOME A FLAME AND CHANGE EVERYTHING."

E.D NIXON

"YOUR SPARK CAN BECOME A FLAME AND CHANGE EVERYTHING."

E.D NIXON

Virtuous Circle Concept

A Trusted Counsellor in Calgary

Vicious Circle

Have you been stuck in a rut and can’t get out of it? The more you procrastinate the harder it is to achieve your goal to the point you start questioning the value of your goal. This is how a vicious circle works. An unwanted result. This leads to judgement, shame and blame. A vicious circle generates anxiety, avoidance and poor mood. Vicious circles are driven by a reduction of confidence.

Vicious Circle

Virtuous Circle

In contrast a virtuous circle is driven by non-judgement and self compassion. Change starts with a single point of action. Taking the step towards change leads to an objective perspective of a situation providing correction and better results. As the virtuous circle evolves and the cycle repeats, self trust grows and so will your confidence. This activates a powerful feedback loop and chain of events that will improve your life. It is essential to keep virtuous cycles growing. Through positive reinforcement, your potential becomes self-actualized and leads to a spiral of growth.

Areas of Expertise

If you find yourself experiencing emotional pain, sleepless nights, anxiety and worry, or feel your goals are slipping away from you, I can help. 

  • Anxiety Counselling
  • Couples Counselling
  • Self-Esteem
  • Depression Counselling
  • Workplace Issues
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Family Violence
  • Addiction
  • Gender and Sexual Diversity
  • Anger Management
  • Codependency
  • Anxiety Counselling
  • Couples Counselling
  • Self-Esteem
  • Depression Counselling
  • Workplace Issues
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Family Violence
  • Addiction
  • Gender and Sexual Diversity
  • Anger Management
  • Codependency
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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a practical, action-oriented therapy model that draws attention on a persons thinking, behaviour, and emotional responses. CBT is considered an “Evidence – Based Practice” (EBP) because it has been rigorously studied and proven effective for treating mood disorders such as anxiety and depression.

While in counselling the overarching goal of CBT treatment is to help the individual solve their difficulties by teaching them that it is possible to have control. It also enables the overcoming automatic belief system by challenging our irrational feelings/responses and modifying unhelpful thinking about the self, others, and the world. CBT is a practical self-help strategy that can help to improve your quality of life.

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Mindfulness

Mindfulness is not static, it’s a moment-to-moment state or awareness and consciousness of the here and now. Mindfulness is best experienced when you leave self judgment at the door and it requires practice, practice and more practice because as human’s we are not inclined to be mindful. Making judgements about our experiences can affect us often in unhelpful ways. Mindfulness Based Therapy teaches us to disarm negative thinking patterns, lean into our emotions and free us up to carrying on.

While it is not uncommon for people to equate mindfulness with meditation and while meditating is an extremely powerful way to achieve improved mood and enhanced personal wellness, there are a variety of alternative mindfulness techniques that I can assist you with if meditation is not for you.

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Exposure Therapy

When people experience anxiety due to a fear, phobia or a traumatic memory, they often avoid anything that reminds them of it. Although avoidance provides temporary relief to unwanted feelings, the pattern of avoidant behaviour ultimately gives more power to the phobia or traumatic memory.

Exposure therapy is designed to gradually expose the individual to various aspects of that fear while increasing the persons confidence and window of tolerance to manage that fear. As you begin to gradually face your fears or phobias, you will begin to loosen the shackles that has been holding you hostage.

Exposure Therapy is a proven evidence – based practice.

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Emotionally Focused Therapy

Emotionally Focused Therapy has proven to be an effective approach to supporting couples who are needing some fine tuning in their relationship. This can be done by honing in on unhelpful communication patterns by enacting our core emotions and relaying our primary feelings to our partner to create emotional safety. This approach aims to  re-establish a secure bond and improved intimacy with your partner. 

Couples who have experienced a breakdown of trust can restore the commitment to the relationship by replacing negative patterns and shifting past responses to conflict  by creating new opportunities to overcome an unsolvable dilemma in your relationship. 

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Gottman Method

Developed by Dr. John Gottman and Dr. Julie Schwartz Gottman, the Gottman Method was created for all couples regardless of religious affiliation, sexual orientations, socioeconomic status or race. The Gottman Method is an excellent option for couples considering counselling to address frequent arguments, couples who have poor communication or couples who are considering separation or divorce.

The Therapist Goal will aim to support the couple in what the Gottman’s consider as the ‘Sound Relationship House Theory’ which include; Building Love Maps, Sharing Fondness and admiration, turning towards, The Positive Perspective, Managing Conflict, Making Life Dreams Come True, Creating Shared Meaning, Trust and Commitment.

* My treatments include these modalities but are not limited to them.

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We are currently accepting new clients however being a good fit is everything in a therapeutic alliance. When you’re ready, please contact us for a free 30-minute phone consultation to see if we match your needs and goals.

For any questions you have, you can reach us at 587-856-8369 or message us here.

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