OSR PROGRAM FOUNDER
Dr. Gordon Davidson, R. Psych.
Dr. Davidson has an extensive background working with trauma. As well as treating hundreds affected by trauma, he has conducted critical incident debriefings for over 25 years in many settings. He has trained first responder groups in peer debriefing processes. He has conducted several hundred psycho-legal PTSD assessments for those involved in workplace traumas, police and military settings, as well for survivors of native residential schools. As a counsellor for members and former members of the military and RCMP, Dr. Davidson has developed a sensitivity to the unique challenges and rewards involved in such work.
An innovator, Dr. Davidson introduced mindfulness and yoga methods to the BC Mental Health system in the mid 1970s. He was also an early user of biofeedback methods and has developed strategies using such technology for the treatment of PTSD.
Five years ago he started an outpatient treatment centre for PTSD, conducting individual and group treatment. Two years ago he started a 4 week residential program for those suffering with PTSD, the first of its kind in Canada. The results were very encouraging. More recently he has developed the Operational Stress Recovery Program, with a specific focus on police and military personnel.
A specialist in workplace stress issues since the 1980s, he has consulted for provincial and municipal governments, hospitals, First Nations groups, professional partnerships, corporations and NGOs. He more recently started a consulting practice with labour lawyers to offer workshops on workplace bullying and harassment. He conducts bullying and harassment related psychological assessments. He has been quoted extensively in the media on workplace issues, including the Vancouver Sun and Toronto Globe and Mail. Published in the Journal of Family Psychology and the Organizational Development Journal, Dr. Davidson has presented his research at provincial and national conferences and in Europe.
He has taught on trauma related topics for the Okanagan School of Massage and has taught in the Psychology, Social Work and Education departments at Okanagan University College, now UBC Okanagan.
He is called upon to testify in court as an expert witness in areas including parental fitness, custody and access, and trauma.
Dr. Davidson holds a BA in Social Work (University of Montana) MA in Applied Behavioural Science (Whitworth) and a doctorate in Counselling Psychology (UBC). He is a Registered Psychologist in BC.
CLINICAL DIRECTOR - LEAD CLINICIAN
Dr. Tina Rochford, RN, BScN, MEd, PhD
Dr Tina Rochford holds a Diploma in Registered Nursing, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, a Master's Degree in Counselling Psychology and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership with a research focus on attachment. With over thirty years in the field of mental health, she has a wide range of experience as a clinician, educator and administrator. She maintains a private practice in Vernon, working with a broad spectrum of clients. Among her areas of expertise are Trauma Recovery, Anxiety and Depression, Stress Management, Work and Career Issues, Disordered Eating, Addiction Recovery and Parenting Issues. Dr Rochford works with individuals, couples and families. She is the recipient of numerous awards for academic and clinical excellence. She is a preferred provider for WorkSafe BC, ICBC, numerous EFAP programs, in addition to serving as a consultant to the legal system. In terms of trauma, Dr Rochford has conducted hundreds of group and individual critical incident debriefings and defusings. She has extensive experience in working with first responders-fire, police and military. She brings training and expertise in EMDR, Cognitive Processing, Mindfulness and Meditation and HeartMath-strategies which are evidenced-based and effective in addressing trauma. She is also very experienced in working with couples, utilizing approaches from the work of John Gottman and Sue Johnson (EFT). Dr Rochford brings a wealth of experience, sound skills, compassion and humour to the OSR program. She is honoured to be a part of the healing process, along with the other members of the team.
Program staff includes psychologists, registered clinical social workers and counsellors, a nurse, consulting psychiatrist and neuropsychologist, equine therapist, and a vocational rehabilitation specialist. The program will also provide training opportunities for students for local universities.
Ms. Mary Graydon, MCC, CCC
Mary holds a Master of Counselling degree and is a registered clinician with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapists Association. She specializes in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy), an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of PTSD, along with Mind-body Attunement Therapy, which focuses on attachment/relational traumas caused by early childhood abuse, abandonment, neglect or shame. Additionally, she works extensively with couples, and is trained in the Gottman Method, a scientifically supported model of couples therapy.
Mary has worked in the addictions field for several years in various capacities, and worked with the North Okanagan Hospice House, offering support to the dying and their families.
Mary is honoured to assist both individual military veterans, RCMP members, and their spouses as part of the OSR program. Research demonstrates the serious impact of PTSD on families, and the OSR program addresses this issue with an intensive couples focus at the end of each clinic. Visit www.touchstonecounselling.net for more information on Mary’s clinical work, EMDR and the Gottman Method.
Ms. Rita Paré, MACP, RCC
Rita holds a Masters of Counselling Psychology Degree and is a Registered Clinical Counsellor from the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors. For the past 7 years, Rita has been a counsellor at a not for profit agency and within Interior Health as a Substance Use Clinician . More recently, Rita has established a successful private practice in Vernon where she provides treatment for a variety of presenting concerns including: trauma, anxiety, depression, anger management, substance use and behavioral addictions, and marriage and family therapy. Rita has worked extensively within the field of trauma and addictions counselling and has developed and facilitated numerous groups on these topics. Rita has been trained in a variety of evidenced based approaches including: EMDR, Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Somatic Psychotherapy, and Family Systems Therapy. Rita is passionate about the work she does within the OSR program and feels privileged to be part of the participants’ healing journeys.
Ms. Karen M. White, M.Ed, RCC
Karen holds a degree of Master of Education in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia. For the past 16 years, she has worked with children, adolescents, and adults, as well as couples, families, and groups in a non-profit agency and in private practice. She believes in the value of ongoing professional development.
Karen has incorporated brief and solution-focused therapy (SFT), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Gottman Method Couples Therapy, family systems, and Self Regulation Therapy (SRT) into her work with a variety of clients. She has also completed training with Dr. Brené Brown, who has done extensive research and practice in the area of shame and vulnerability.
Karen's therapeutic areas of expertise include abuse (emotional, physical, and sexual), adjustment to disability, anxiety and/or panic, depression, grief and loss, parenting, relationships, and trauma recovery. Karen has provided parenting support to families where there are identified child protection concerns. She has used play, art and sand therapy in her work with children and adolescents who have experienced sexual abuse. She has worked with clients of all ages who struggle with anxiety, panic disorder, and depression.
Karen worked for 5 years providing counselling support to adults as they adjusted to life following an acquired brain injury. Her group work has focused on couples with relationship challenges, with adults dealing with grief and loss issues, and with adult women and men who are healing from past trauma.
Karen has a background in teaching as well as counselling, including extensive work with at-risk adolescents who struggle in school as a result of learning and behavioral challenges. She taught adults in a counselling skills program at Vancouver Community College. For 10 years she managed clinical programs at a non-profit agency in Vancouver, provided supervision to interns and counsellors, and served as Clinical Director for 5 years.
Karen brings a wealth of diverse clinical experience to the OSR program, as well as a passion for helping people heal from trauma and move forward with their lives.
MEN'S PROGRAMS (includes above staff)
Mr. Dirk J. Terpstra
Dirk is an internationally recognized Intuitive Speaker, Coach and HeartMath® Certified Trainer. Through his work, Dirk has helped many individuals and organizations. He is also an interviewer for OMTimes Magazine and former CEO with a Fortune 500 Company.
As a HeartMath® Certified Trainer, Dirk works with individuals and organizations throughout Canada and teaches the science based Resilience Advantage Training Program. This program helps to strengthen stress resilience and promotes optimal wellbeing, and enables us to live healthier, more productive, happier and more fulfilling lives while building a brighter future.
Since 1991, the Institute of HeartMath® has been conducting scientific research into the effects of the electromagnetic heart field on the brain and body. Their research has found that a ‘coherent’ heart rhythm has many benefits for the body and mind, including more energy, ease, ability to think more clearly, and increased communication skills.
As the Veterans Administration (VA) expands the number and scope of specialized mental health programs to improve veterans’ access to care and services and treatment outcomes, innovative and promising interventions such as HeartMath’s heart-rate-variability coherence biofeedback (HRVCB) training can prove highly beneficial in ameliorating PTSD.
HRVCB training can be a significant addition to existing PTSD treatments: It can deliver benefits to veterans effectively, safely and perhaps most important, quickly. HRVCB has provided immediate relief in many cases. Heart-rate-variability coherence biofeedback (HRVCB), which has been used successfully in a variety of other clinical settings involving stress and anxiety, provides tools to achieve autonomic balancing, emotional restructuring and psychophysiological coherence.
More info: DirkTerpstra.com/heartmath
Mr. Chris B. Rush, BA, MA, Registered Clinical Counsellor
After spending a decade as a police officer, Chris entered university in 1975 as a mature student, where he combined the knowledge and skills acquired from the harsh realities of police work with degrees from the University of Manitoba in education and counselling psychology. As a a school counsellor he specialized in dealing with youth who had been exposed to trauma. He has taught at the university level and also operated a private family counselling practice. Chris has extensive training in alcohol and drug prevention, child abuse prevention programs and family therapy. He has completed several years of research on self-esteem and resiliency building and has developed practical programs for use with children, teens and adults.
Mr. Rush established the Resiliency Institute Corporation and Developing Capable People (Canada). He is the author of the widely used Developing Capable People program (Canadian Edition). Chris has provided keynote addresses on resilience in Canada, the USA, Europe and Asia. He is the founding president of the Canadian Council for Self-Esteem and has served as a board member on the International Council for Self-Esteem. He has acted as a consultant to Health Canada, public and private education systems, drug and alcohol prevention agencies, community organizations, First Nations communities and professional groups and businesses.
Chris is a Registered Clinical Counsellor, Certified EQ-i (Emotional Intelligence) coach and holds a Master's Degree from San Diego State University.
Mr. Rush brings his valuable background as a police officer, counsellor, and resilience trainer to the operational stress program.