Marla Rauser completed: a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology/Psychology in 1984 at the University of Regina, an Honours (additional one year degree program) in Sociology (Family Studies) from the University of Saskatchewan in 1985 and a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Regina in 1987. She has been a Registered Social Worker with the Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) and the Saskatchewan Association of Social Workers (SASW) including the private practitioner registry since 1987. She is often considered a Masters equivalent with education and years of experience combined.
She spent the first nine years of her career working in child welfare for the Alberta Government in all areas such as: temporary and permanent placement work, post placement/private guardianship/kinship care/adoption worker and adoption report writer, family/domestic violence, child abuse investigation, apprehension and court work, foster care support worker, handicapped children’s services, parent aide resources and in home support/parent aide support work with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Social Services.
Marla began her counselling career in 1998 with Catholic Social Services in Lloydminster and also worked in programs such as: children’s grief and loss, parenting, financial consulting and elder abuse. She received her level one CIST (critical incident stress management) training and has taken ongoing ASSIST ( Suicide Intervention training).
Marla has sat on boards such as the bio medical ethics committee at the Lloydminster hospital and was chairperson for the board of the Libby Young Centre who provides services for people with mental health challenges. She also created three different support groups in Lloydminster over the years: for family members who have loved ones with mental health challenges, a seniors support group and parents who have special needs children.
Marla provides support to the faith based population working in an inner healing ministry in the past and offers faith based counselling upon request.
Marla is also licenced in Alberta and Saskatchewan to write adoption home studies both domestic and international including the S.A.F.E. method where she has expanded her knowledge in attachment issues. She has also gained experiential knowledge in separation, divorce and conflict issues since 2008 writing custody/access and children’s voices reports for Family Justice Services.
Marla went into private practise on her own in 2008 where she enjoys working with individual, couples, children and families who have diverse challenges with relationships, family conflict, trauma, depression, abuse, anger, addictions and many more. She continues to take workshops and seminars over the years to expand her knowledge base and maintain or enhance practise skills. She offers anger management groups. She has worked as a substance abuse expert counsellor as well as provided work place support for various Employee Assistance Programs (EAP/EFAP). She has spent many years working with indigenous clientelle as well as in remote Saskatchewan communities working with trauma and residential school survivers. She uses an eclectic approach when working with people. She particularly enjoys using cognitive strategies, emotional and solution focussed approaches. She also has training in the Gottman method for couples. Her heart’s desire is to see people grow and develop to their best potential.
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of Social Workers
Tel: (306) 821-0377
Marla Rauser, B.A., HON, B.S.W., R.S.W
Call or email to book a session with Marla (including NIHB/IRS/IDS counselling services through Indiginous Services Canada).
Emma Patenaude, B.A., RPC, CCPCPR
Tel: (306) 821-6967
Call or email to book a session with Emma!
Emma Patenaude was born and raised in the Lloydminster community and has experience working in the field of mental health in a variety of settings. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and is a Registered Professional Counsellor (RPC) with the Canadian Professional Counsellors Association and a Registrant (CCPCPR) with the Canadian College of Professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists.
Emma has over 8 years of experience working in various areas such as: trauma, anxiety, grief, anger management, self-esteem, addiction, communication, mental health capacity building in schools, psychoeducation, family work, children, groups, individuals, and couples counselling. Emma prioritizes continuing education and is always finding ways to expand her skills and knowledge to best serve her clients. She is currently completing her Master of Arts Degree in Counselling Psychology towards her psychologist designation.
Emma employs a variety of counselling techniques to meet the diverse needs of her clients including but not limited to: client-centered, solution-focused, strengths-based, biopsychosocial, and cognitive-behavioural therapy. Emma has always had a passion for helping people become the best version of themselves. She brings empathy, respect, and compassion into every counselling session to help foster a healthy therapeutic relationship with her clients. Emma hopes that you will welcome her to join you on your healing journey to help you achieve your mental health and wellness goals.
Emma offers daytime and evening sessions during the week. She is covered under many benefit plans, but you are encouraged to check to see if her RPC or CCPCPR designations will be covered under your plan.