Chris Haney

Clinical Social Worker/Therapist (RSW, MSW)

Reaching out to seek relief from the pain and suffering is a crucial first step. It takes a lot of courage and energy to face this head on, but you don’t have to do this alone. Sometimes the trauma and the unbearable thoughts, memories and emotions can make us feel isolated and alone, but that does not have to be the case. Together as a team we can look for alternatives, build and create resources externally and internally, and look forward to what is yet to be discovered within ourselves.

Conversations with Safe Harbour Therapy
Episode 100 – Integrative & Evidence-Based Therapy with Chris Haney
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Contact

NameChris Haney
Phone204-292-1503
EmailChrisHaneyEMDR@gmail.com
Booking Linkchrishaney.janeapp.com

Qualifications

CredentialsMSW, RSW
School University of Manitoba (Masters in Social Work), 2016
In Practice Since2011

Credentials

MembershipSince
Registered Social Work2011
EMDR (Basic training)2022
Trauma Informed Yoga (Introductory)2022
Theraplay (Level One)2019
Play therapy (Rocky Mountain Play institute (Level 1, 2 in process)2018-19

How I Work

I have been a practicing social work for over ten years now, with five of those years in direct therapy. My experience has helped me develop a very deep appreciation for how important the body-mind connection is in our daily lives. When we are in distress either temporarily or chronically, we tend to shut down that connection. This break in our body-mind connection can lead to further pain and suffering. Our emotions take over; we dwell on thoughts in an attempt to control them. The resulting distress may be seen in such symptoms as anxiety, depression, addiction etc. However, if we are able to find ways to maintain our body-mind connection even in times of distress, we can open the door to so many more possibilities that in turn can help us whether it’s acceptance, taking action, seeking help from others, building resources etc. I have experienced success in finding ways to achieve and strengthen this connection using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), mindfulness, and trauma informed yoga.

Sometimes our memories, in particular the traumatic ones, can make it difficult for us to develop our body-mind connection. These memories, which are not processed (frozen in time due to their severity) tend to come back, time and time again, hijacking our thoughts and emotions at any given time. However, through EMDR we can take those traumatic memories and make them play a lesser role. This is achieved through Bilateral Eye Stimulation, which mimics REM sleep. As a result, memories that often trigger and force us to feel an incredible amount of pain and suffering, become something of the past with a beginning, middle and an end. EMDR has been recognized through research (RCT) to help those living with trauma to feel relief.

My Story

My passion for helping others ultimately stems from this knowledge that our basic need for connection helps us achieve our “full potential” at living a fulfilling life. To elaborate, I will turn to Kristen Neff, author of Self Compassion, who connected the concept of compassion of oneself to the compassion of others and that they go hand in hand. The literal meaning of compassion is “to suffer with” and the experience of suffering is universal. We, as humans are fallible and imperfect. This is usually lost to me at first when I’ve felt pain and suffering. As a result, I have the tendency to feel isolated, different, ashamed and defective. However, when I choose to be interconnected and reach out to others, I feel commonality and I feel that I am not alone. I usually find out that my fear and shame is a shared experience, which in turn gives me strength.

Outside the Office

I always try to maintain a balanced life, I often look at Dan Siegel’s mind platter as a reference point (focus time, play time, connecting time, physical time, down time, and sleep time). It’s always a work in progress. However, I do notice when one is lacking, I feel it. In particular, sleep, exercise, and family are often the ones I turn to the most during difficult times.

Specialties

  • Trauma/PTSD
  • Addiction
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

Treatment approach

  • CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)
  • EMDR
  • ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy)
  • Trauma Sensitive Yoga
  • Play Therapy
  • Strength Based
  • Relaxation strategies
  • Mindfulness based
  • General health and wellness coaching

Finances

ClienteleWomen, men, and children over 7
Average cost per session $120/hr
Sliding scale Yes
Free consultation?Yes, 30 minutes by phone, video meeting, in-person
Accepted payment methods Cash, e-Transfer, credit card
Accepts coverage? I don’t personally direct bill.
Accepted insurance plansPlease confirm with your provider as Registered Social Work is covered by most insurance plans including Canada Life and Blue Cross.

Podcast & Blog

Episode 100 – Integrative & Evidence-Based Therapy with Chris Haney

written by Chris Haney on 07/07/22

When we are in distress either temporarily or chronically, we tend to shut down that connection. This break in our body-mind connection can lead to further pain and suffering. Our emotions take over; we dwell on thoughts in an attempt to control them. The resulting distress may be seen in such symptoms as anxiety, depression, addiction etc. However, if we are able to find ways to maintain our body-mind connection even in times of distress, we can open the door to so many more possibilities that in turn can help us whether its acceptance, taking action, seeking help from others, building resources etc. I have experienced success in finding ways to achieve and strengthen this connection using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), mindfulness, and trauma informed yoga.

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