Katherine Harriman, MSW, RSW

Katherine Harriman, MSW, RSW
Katherine Harriman, MSW, RSWCounsellor, Social Worker
I have been working as a counselor and psychotherapist for over 15 years. My
life experience and my professional training has been instrumental in my choice of career paths. For me, personally, learning that I can create more of what I want by following my own “wise mind”, despite old beliefs and habits, is the path to a happier and more fulfilling life. My hope is that each person I work with will also find their own wisdom and strength to create the life they are looking for.

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I have worked in a variety of settings within the Northern Health Region in Prince George, BC, such as the Elderly Services Program, the Nechako Treatment Centre (addictions) and in the Out-Patients Mental Health Clinic. Since moving back to Saskatchewan, I have worked within two EFAP programs simultaniously, with a national Canadian company and with the University of Saskatchewan employees.

My Professional training has been in the following areas:

  • Masters of Social Work (MSW)
  • Registered Social Worker (RSW), #2976, Saskatchewan Association of Social Workers.
  • Integrative Body Psychotherapy Practitioner (IBP)
  • Using Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT); Mindful Therapies; Reality Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy
“Man is made by his beliefs. As he believes, so he is”. Johann Wolfgang van Goethe.
Learning how to take responisbility for the things that I have control over – my health, happiness and personal choices – rather than trying to control or change things that are beyond my power – other peoples’ health, happiness and choices – has changed the focus of my life. By becoming aware of and by changing my unconscious beliefs about myself and how life works, has allowed me much greater personal growth, autonomy and fulfillment within my own life.

I have learned so much from hearing people’s real lived experiences – it is a very humbling and gratifying experience to be able to share the sorrow and the joys of their lives. It amazes me constantly that the human spirit is so resilient and courageous. Being able to mirror that to clients – so that they are able to connect with their own grace and wisdom is always a profound experience for me.

Moving from one home to another was my way of searching for happiness in my own life – which always seemed to be “over there”. Learning that happiness is always within and under my conscious choice has finally allowed me to settle into enjoying the life that I am creating. Learning to listen to my own inner knowing is the key. Giving myself permission to follow my own dreams is still a big deal for me.
There is a wide variety of reasons that people chose counselling – research has shown that counselling can be very helpful when change in our lives is needed or desired, both in the short-term, as well as, long term. Confidentiality and and non-judgmental support can provide the means to examine what is not working well in our lives. This process, supported by the therapist, allows one to decide on an appropriate action, if any, and to take the next “right step”. Doing so can allow one to develop insight into what is not working in life, to alleviate stress, improve overall functioning and make meaning of experiences.
Katherine has been trained in a number of therapuetic modalities, such as Acceptance and Committment Therapy (ACT), Solution Focused therapy, Hikomi training, Sexual Addictions training, and the most recent has been in Integrative Body Psychotherapy. Katherine has a great deal of training and experience working with addictions, seniors – specific issues and various mental health issues, such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, bi-polar disorder, personality disorder, and Obsessional Compulsive Disorder.
Funded and approved by Health Canada for First Nations / Innuit clients affected by residential school trauma.
Integrative Body Psychotherapy (IBP) is a complete therapeutic paradigm that combines verbal work with breath and body awareness for the integration of body, mind, emotions, and spirit. It is a gentle approach that honours all personal and professional relationships.

Drawing from a wide range of approaches from Eastern and Western psychological, physiological and spirit body-mind practices, IBP is a gentle and powerful way of confronting one’s deepest patterns which are located in the body and unconsciously control our lives. This work provides a sense of safety and trust through which people learn to interact in a flexible way – responding in the present rather than reacting to the past.

Within the IBP framework, the use of breath brings us into our body where we can make contact with our “body voice”. It is a subtle, yet powerful tool like a beacon that brings us into a safe harbor and it also warns us when we are in danger. It tells us what is working for us through joy and what is not – through pain. Awareness of and connection to what is currently not working in our lives, (often very early learned patterns of relationship), allows one to evaluate old, often untrue, beliefs about myself and / or about the world. Changing one’s inner world changes how we see and make contact with the world around us. Trying to change other people instead of oneself – is always doomed to failure.
Unfortunately, we live in a world where it is all too easy to disconnect from ourselves and our “pain” through over-working, eating too much, using alcohol or drugs excessively or any number of other escapisms. Those of us who have experienced trauma know that our inner voice may have been blocked very early, leaving us unable to access our source of guidance, safety and contact with our own inner wisdom. We learned “not to talk, not to trust, and not to feel”. To cope, we build up defenses – habitual ways of being in relationships, which were helpful when they were formed, however, may no longer be our best choices. These early defenses can actually be getting in our way by alienating us from others, as well as, from ourselves.

Awareness of early interruptions which caused our defense patterns – and seeing them as our best attempts to cope with life allows one to learn new strategies, along with softening the walls we have built inside to keep us safe. We learn to let go of feelings of shame, remorse and alienation. We can learn to build healthier boundaries for ourselves, ones that we are now in control of. We do this by finding our voice and by giving ourselves permission to speak up on our own behalf. In this way, we begin to take our own power back – as a result, we let go of trying to please or control anyone else. Life becomes less conflictual and more satisfying for ourselves – we learn to listen to our own inner guidance and find the courage to take the next positive steps in our lives.

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Frequently Asked Questions

IBP provides a complete system that combines verbal work with breathe and body awareness for the integration of body, mind, emotions, and spirit. It is a gentle approach that honours all personal and professional relationships.

Drawing from a wide range of approaches from Eastern and Western psychological, physiological and spirit body-mind practices, IBP is a gentle and powerful way of confronting one’s deepest patterns which are located in the body and unconsciously control our lives. This work provides a sense of safety and trust through which people learn to interact in a flexible way – responding in the present rather than reacting to the past.

Sessions are generally one and one-half hours long at a cost of $150 for individuals and $180 for couples (per session).
A 24 hour cancellation policy is in effect. (Cash or cheques only, please).
Some Extended Health Benefit plans will pay for a certain number of sessions with a Registered Social Worker, please check with your carrier to be sure.
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