Meet Chantelle Macinnis

September 26th 2023

Meet Chantelle Macinnis,
…and then there were two! We have been fortunate to have not one, but two talented and incredible counsellors join us as they complete their schooling. Both Chantelle Macinnis and Rachel Gerhardt will be with us for the next several months, and we hope you’ll join us in welcoming them to our team. 

Chantelle Macinnis is accepting new clients on a reduced-fee/pro-bono basis as she learns from her Supervisor, Jolene Lindsey here at Living Bridges. You can read all about her below and if you think Chantelle might be a fit for yourself or someone you love, please don't hesitate to reach out to our office to book a session or be added to our waitlist. 
Chantelle is a Master's student in Counselling Psychology at Athabasca University working toward her Registered Clinical Counsellor designation. She has over 5 years of experience working in the mental health field specifically with those experiencing schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and substance use. She found a love of counselling through an avid interest in the human condition as well as her own personal journey with it. Chantelle loves learning about others and feels that through her own personal experience and training, she can provide an avenue for healing and growth.  
Chantelle works with adults of all ages and her areas of interest include developmental trauma, loss and grief, relational challenges, loneliness, low self-esteem, and anxiety.

Having lost both her parents, Chantelle understands personally the devastation, loss, and complexity of feelings that grief can bring. Loss can upend our lives and bring with it a sense of isolation, a lack of safety, and a disruption to our connection to self and relationships, and she believes there is hope and that we have the capacity to heal, be our true selves and live a life of fulfilment, connection, and authenticity.

Chantelle believes that the therapeutic relationship is the foundation of healing for a client, and she provides a safe, secure, and empathic space for growth to occur, viewing therapy from an attachment, trauma-informed lens and incorporating emotion-focused therapy and person-centred therapy into her practice, often using motivational interviewing.
In her spare time, Chantelle enjoys being in nature, going on road trips, reading, exercising, and having a good cup of coffee.
“The willingness to show up, changes us. It’s makes us a little braver each time” – Brené Brown