Kaila Mcanulty

Kaila is a Canadian Certified Counsellor (#12830)with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association as well as a Registered Sex Therapist.

Everybody has their niche. For some it’s music or art, but mine was the ability to help others feel at ease, due to my non-judgemental and empathic approach.

I have a genuine passion for helping others. I love the flexibility and creativity being a counsellor allows. This has to be the most rewarding career a person can have in my opinion. Another influence for me choosing this career path was my mother. She studied psychology when I was young and I was so intrigued with all of the assignments she would bring home.

Being a counsellor requires one to self-reflect on their own personal growth; so I often learn just as much from my clients as they learn from me. I am honoured to be able to pursue my passion as a career, it is a privilege for which I am grateful every day.

Areas of counselling expertise

  • Sex and relationship counselling
  • Exposure Therapy: for phobias and OCD
  • Anxiety Disorders: Panic disorder, Generalized Anxiety disorder, OCD, phobias etc.
  • Depression and trauma
  • Addictions: Alcohol, drug and behavioural addictions such as sex, gambling etc.

Therapy modalities Kaila uses in her counselling practice

I incorporate a multifaceted approach with the use of Research-Based Theory of Attachment and a combination of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and Emotional Focused Therapy.

I use these approaches to support clients in moving towards healing through the use of newly learned strategies and tools necessary to change destructive patterns into positive and healthy ones.

Attachment style and effective communication is often a focus throughout the therapeutic process. I also often assign homework when needed and other materials for clients to practice outside of therapy sessions.

Personal qualities / strengths as a counsellor

I feel that the most important factor to success in therapy is the therapeutic relationship between client and therapist. It could be because I genuinely enjoy my work, but I often find I have the ability to help put clients at ease. It is important to me to always provide a non-judgemental, empathic and compassionate environment. I feel that if I expect my clients to be completely open and vulnerable with me, then I need to be somewhat transparent myself.

Education and professional development

  • Bachelors of Art in Psychology, UBC-Okanagan 2008
  • Masters of Education in Counselling Psychology, UNBC 2014
  • Sex Therapy Program, University of Guelph 2013
  • CBT certification-Vancouver, BC
  • Sex Therapy Certification, University of Guelph
  • Exposure Therapy for phobia, MCFD
  • Training in Group and Family Therapy, UNBC
  • Certified Instructor for Connect Parent (Attachment Focused Treatment), Maples Adolescent Treatment Centre
  • RAP Training (for dealing with challenging children/youth), Terrace, BC
  • Addictions training, UBC-O
  • Suicide Prevention Training-Justice Institute of BC
  • Violence Prevention, Northern Health
  • Burnout and Compassion Fatigue training, Northern Health
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Member of the Crisis Intervention Response Team (CIRT), Prince George Regional Correctional Centre
  • Trauma Training for Mental Health Professionals, Northern Health
  • Certification in Hypnotherapy (cand.)

Publications

  • Published manual on Sexual Compulsions/Addiction, UNBC 2014
  • Published chapter on Sex Addiction (2018)