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ANGELA POTES
MENTAL HEALTH PRACTITIONER
COMPASSION-BASED PSYCHOTHERAPY

AREAS OF CLINICAL FOCUS:

  • Compassionate Inquiry (CI)

  • Mental Health: Anxiety, Stress, Burnout, Depression

  • Illness management: Navigating diagnosis as a process

  • Trauma and Addiction: Discover how situations get internalized and affect our every day life

  • Awareness: Deepening the acceptance of the present moment

CERTIFICATIONS & ADVANCED TRAINING:

  • B.Sc. in Psychology (Behavioural Neuroscience Option), Concordia University

  • M.Sc. in Psychiatry, McGill University

  • Mindfulness- based Group Therapy, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, University of Toronto

  • Trained in Compassionate Inquiry (CI)

  • Eckhart Tolle School of Awakening

SELECTED PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS:

  • Mindfulness in Severe and Persistent Mental Illness: A
    Systematic Review.
    Potes, A., Souza, G., Nikolitch, K., Penheiro, R., Moussa, Y., Jarvis, E., Looper, K.J., Rej, S. International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice (IJPC), 2017.

  • Tai Chi Interventions in Mental Illness: Results From a Pilot Study in Adults and a Systematic Review in Older Adults. Potes, A., Torres-Platas, G., Thomas, Z., Therriault, J., Fox, R., Morin, L., ... & Vasudev, A.(2017). The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 25(3),S100-S101. American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry Conference, Dallas, 2017.

  • Patient and Clinician Assessments of
    Symptomatology Changes on Older Adults
    Following a Psycho-educational Program for
    Depression and Anxiety.
    Potes, A., Gagnon, G., Touré, E. H., & Perreault, M. Psychiatric Quarterly, 2016.

Angela is a certified Mental Health Practitioner residing in Vancouver, Canada. She was born in Colombia and completed her studies in Montreal, where she resided for 14 years before moving to BC. She holds a B.Sc. in Psychology and a M.Sc. in Psychiatry Research. Furthermore, she has nine years of experience in clinical research, working in geriatric psychiatry and mind-body interventions. Her passion for mindfulness and compassionate-based approaches lead her to discover Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), in which she worked along Dr. Kristin Neff at the graduate level. She then transitioned from a career in clinical research to psychotherapy, graduating from Compassionate Inquiry (CI) with Dr. Gabor Maté. Angela is also a graduate of Eckhart Tolle's School of Awakening and bases her personal practices on the teaching of A Course in Miracles (ACIM). She is a professional member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.

Angela's journey has been touched by both physical and mental illness. Because of her personal experience, she strongly believes that every human being deserves to feel connected with compassion and understanding. She holds an exceptional capacity as an attentive listener and roots her work in creating and sustaining safety and trust. She believes we all have the ability to heal if we truly are committed to trusting the process, and our innate capacity to work on ourselves in a compassionate manner.

Her search for different healing modalities leads her to bridge science and spirituality, recognizing the importance of attending to our bodily needs to optimize health while deepening into the power of the mind. She describes: "Our unconscious and undiscovered beliefs act as our internal drivers, guiding every single action in life. This equally impacts of experience of illness in the body and in the mind. Until we awake to the unconscious, through awareness and compassion, we cannot pursue living a life with purpose and true freedom".

Throughout life circumstances, many of us experience physical illness, mental distress, or addiction. Angela's goal is to support your journey to live a healthier, harmonious, and joyful life. In a session with her, unconscious internal drivers are awakened and revealed, through awareness and compassion. She creates and sustains safety and trust across sessions, guiding yourself to find assertive action, promoting healing and well-being.

Recommendations:

She recommends having four sessions to ensure better support. 

 

With her background in clinical research, Angela believes in the power of the body to heal if complemented with natural medicine and mind-body practices. She recommends complementing this therapeutic modality with other services offered at Euphoria Natural Health.

Approach her for a 15-minute complimentary meet and greet if you want to learn more and find out if this modality of psychotherapy is right for you.

Angela does not hold any provincially recognized designations and therefore her service would not qualify for insurance
reimbursement.