About Valhalla Therapy's Psychotherapist and Counselling Approach

Valhalla Therapy's Principal Counsellor & Psychotherapist Carla Duda

Welcome to Valhalla Therapy, and thank you for visiting. Finding the right psychotherapist fit is an essential accompaniment on your journey. I am Carla Duda, Valhalla Therapy's principal psychotherapist and registered clinical counsellor. I practice both online and in-person in Nelson, BC, where I live with my husband and sons. 

I have a lifelong commitment to growth and expansion, and see each human as a wondrous, complex, and understandable being. Knowing one's Self, and connecting with the essence of Self, to learn to nurture, celebrate, and deeply honour the person one is, is a process many people experience as ongoing for life. Working with my clients' presenting symptoms, challenges, feelings, and concerns, together we move into a deeper understanding of what is happening, to make profound shifts from the base up. The essence of my work is to help my clients harness their innate ability to heal, so they may connect deeply, with themselves, and others. 

I hold a Master's Degree in Counselling Psychology (Athabasca University, AB), a Bachelor's Degree Majoring in Literature and Minoring in Counselling and Human Development (Simon Fraser University, BC), a Certificate in Life Coaching (Certified Coaches Federation, ON), a Certificate in Complicated Grief Therapy (Columbia University, NY), and have completed a variety of trainings in trauma, loss, and substance use/dependencies. My passion for lifelong learning, and deep curiosity about human development, means I am always studying and deepening my knowledge in the psychological sciences. I continue to train in additional therapies, allowing me to provide you with the most effective blend of support for leading, evidence-based, and trauma-informed practice. My work is intended to help you increase tranquility, courage, vitality, compassion, attachment, and connection. I have many years' combined experience in coaching, counselling, and group facilitation. Formerly, I was a Chartered Human Resources Professional specializing in executive, personal, and group development.

As an existential-humanist psychotherapist, my work is relational and experiential, and is rooted in cultural competence that serves diversity. I combine this approach with a strong grounding in systems theory and attachment science, offering you a blend of psychotherapy that addresses both intrapsychic and interpersonal change. I draw strongly on emotionally focused therapy and internal family systems theory, and may also employ mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, somatic techniques, and trauma-sensitive yoga therapy.