At Cairis Counselling we offer evidence based clinical therapy integrated with Christian counselling. The goal is help you fully realize the person you were created to be. To get there I help clients find their self-compassion and attend all the sources of hurt and fear in their lives. It’s a healing approach that seeks to go beyond managing stress and anxiety towards letting go the limiting beliefs, traumatic memories and emotional wounds that weigh people down.
We were all created to demonstrate love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and self-control. If we don’t there is a part of us that is stuck in fear, shame, or pain. If we stay stuck in those things for too long, we start to lose hope and come to believe that we aren’t good enough to be loved by family, friends, or God. The key is to help each one of those parts heal.
Sometimes we have parts of ourselves that are in conflict with each other. We end up doing that one thing we don’t want to do, and another part hammers us with self-condemnation. Other parts are overwhelmed by the fear and traumas of the past and have a difficultly letting up. Sometimes life just hurts, and we don’t know how to let the hurt go.
In my approach we address pain, fear and unhelpful beliefs in a holistic way that bring together your heart, mind, soul, and body. By releasing these burdens we let go of the shame that make it difficult to be our true selves. If we bring all these things together in divine grace, we experience powerful transformation. With my approach to Christian counselling I integrate the best aspects of the IFS approach with Christian faith and spirituality. The nature of this approach makes it compatible with Christians of all stripes.
Common things I help my clients with
- Healing from abuse or neglect (physical, emotional, sexual, spiritual)
- Resolving Trauma and PTSD counselling
- Finding peace from anxiety
- Recovering from depression
- Overcome negative habits like pornography use
- Finding deep forgiveness for yourself and others
- Anger management
- Shame / feeling not good enough
- Much more
Leighton Tebay, BA, MC, CCC
I graduated with a B.A. in Biblical Studies and Christian Ministries, and received my Masters in Counselling Degree from Briercrest Seminary. I am also a Certified Canadian Counsellor. I have decades of experience working in Christian higher education, and helped start and support a network of house-churches. Through my years I have mentored and supported a number of people, including many of those who have suffered from spiritual abuse.
As a certified professional member of the Canadian Counseling and Psychotherapy Association my services qualify for reimbursement under most benefit plans that cover counselors. I recommend all potential clients check with their benefits provider to ensure coverage. As a member of CCPA I abide their ethical standards.
You’ll find a safe space at Cairis counselling regardless of where you are in your faith journey. I firmly believe that shame and condemnation can do nothing good for you.
For those on a limited budget I recommend signing up through the OpenPath Collective.