Danielle McPhail, HBSc, MA
Registered Psychologist

Meet Danielle

Welcome! I am so glad that you are here.  My name is Danielle McPhail, and I am a Registered Psychologist, a yoga instructor, and a fellow traveller along this healing path.  I would like to begin with introducing who I am, a practice that I have learned from Indigenous peoples in Yellowknife.  This acknowledgment of self is also an act of an unsettling or decolonizing approach.  My people are of German and Scottish descent.  My father’s parents were born in Canada, and their parents were born in Scotland.  My mother’s parents were born in Germany and immigrated to Canada as young adults.  I am a white settler with cisgender and heterosexual privilege.  I would also like to acknowledge that the land that I share with my community in Yellowknife is located on Chief Drygeese Territory, the traditional land of Yellowknives’ Dene.

My Approach

My style of practice is grounded in humanistic psychology. This approach studies the whole person and the uniqueness of each individual.  I believe that there is value in simply sitting down and speaking with people in a good way.  In therapy, I hope to create a space where youfeel seen, accepted and understood.  Together, we will focus on exploring all of the parts that make you who you are, including the shadows, to arrive at a deeper kind of knowledge of yourself and an appreciation of your innate worthiness.  It is also important to me to recognize the profound impacts that colonization has had on our community and bring this awareness into the therapeutic relationship.  In this way, we can shine a light on the spiritual injury, soul wounding, and ancestral hurt that so many have experienced and begin to balance all parts of ourselves on this journey back to wellness.

My Specialties

  • Anxiety and depression.
  • Intergenerational trauma and cultural soul wounds.
  • Grief and loss.
  • Addictions (including alcohol, drugs, and eating disorders).
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Some Ways We Might Get There

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT).
  • Mindfulness Approaches (breathwork, movement, and guided meditation).
  • Adlerian Approaches (exploring your family of origin).
  • Attachment Theory Approaches (exploring attachment styles).
  • Narrative Approaches (redefining your story)

Education

  • Ph.D. in General Psychology| Capella University, Minneapolis – In Progress​​​​
  • M.A. in Counselling Psychology | The Adler School of Professional Psychology, Vancouver – 2014          
  • H.B.Sc. in Mental Health Studies | University of Toronto, Scarborough – 2010

Licensure

  • Registered Psychologist #2250-66951 | Northwest Territories

Certifications

  • Certificate in Crisis and Trauma Response | CTRI – 2019
  • DBT Skills Training Certificate | The Linehan Institute – 2013
  • 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Certificate | Semperviva Yoga College – 2011
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