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Hannah Curwin

Canadian Certified Counsellor #10007843

Hannah Curwin (she/her) is a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC #10007843) with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) and a trauma-informed Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200). She holds a master’s degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of St. Thomas and two bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and International Business from the University of Calgary. Hannah has over 10 years combined education and experience in the helping field and has worked extensively with college and university students, as well as individuals experiencing eating disorders and disordered eating. In addition to being a HAES-aligned provider, Hannah also specializes in depression, anxiety, trauma, stress, identity exploration, and life transitions among older adolescents and young adults.

Hannah‘s integrative approach to counselling is rooted in intersectional feminism and draws upon a variety of practices including mindfulness, yoga, and self-compassion. In your work with Hannah, you may be encouraged to reflect not only on how power and systems shape your life, but also how powerful and resilient you are. Hannah maintains that clients are the experts of their own lives; it is her job to help you connect more deeply to yourself and the inner knowing that already exists within you. Hannah takes an active, collaborative role in the counselling process and makes a point to prioritize clients’ felt sense of safety, trust, and belonging. For those looking for consistency and ongoing support in the longer term, Hannah may be the right counsellor for you.

Hannah’s core values include authenticity, zest for life, love of learning, curiosity, and kindness. Her presence can be described as warm, grounded, and nurturing as she supports you in exploring the ambiguities and challenges of life. Hannah takes great care in providing a safe space for you to explore your inner world without judgement. Together with Hannah, you may make meaning of past and present life experiences, come to define your purpose and values, develop greater insight and self-compassion, and learn valuable skills to navigate life’s sometimes choppy waters.

Outside of Peak, Hannah can be found hiking, cycling, or skiing in the mountains; chatting with dear friends over local coffee, or enjoying live theatre (this former choir nerd has a soft spot for Broadway musicals!).

Hannah is a registered trauma-informed yoga teacher (RYT-200) with Yoga Alliance. If you are interested in trauma-informed yoga classes with Hannah, please let us know.

hannah@peak-resilience.com

Eating disorders and disordered eating

Body image

Depression

Anxiety

Trauma

Life transitions

Identity exploration

Self-esteem and self-worth

Personal growth

Stress management

Communication and assertiveness skills

Relationship difficulties

Motivation & goal setting

Feminist therapy

Trauma-informed therapy

Trauma-informed yoga

Somatic approach/mind-body connection

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)

Person-centred

Existential-humanistic

Compassion-focused

Insight-focused

Spirituality

Culturally sensitive

Emotionally-focused

Psychodynamic

Relational and interpersonal

Attachment-based

Strengths-based approach

Mindfulness and mindfulness-based (MBCT)

Motivational interviewing

Dialectical (DBT)

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

What is a personal challenge that you have overcome in your own life?

It took me years to make peace with food and my body. Asking for help when I was in the throes of an eating disorder was one of the bravest moments of my life. Thanks to my incredibly supportive counsellor and a dedicated trauma-informed yoga practice, I was able to restore trust in my own body and ditch the diet culture mentality once and for all. I believe recovery is possible for everyone and have dedicated my practice to helping others find food freedom and body peace.

What is your favourite thing about working closely with people every day?

I am continually amazed by the bravery and strength demonstrated by my clients as they challenge old ways of thinking and transform their lives. Change can be scary and hard, but also incredibly empowering. Know you don’t have to go it alone; your journey is seen and held.

What have you learned from your work?

That each of us is enough as we are.