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Ryley Contois

Registered Psychotherapist

Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist (Individual)

Certified Grief Informed Professional (CGP)

I specialize in working with individuals who have experienced relational trauma or traumatic incidents. I approach therapy with a trauma-focused and non-pathologizing perspective. My practice is influenced mainly by integrative somatic therapy, person-centered therapy, and internal family systems therapy. The foundation of my work is the belief that healing comes when you are able to connect your behaviours, your emotions, your experiences, your thoughts and your body. The primary focus of my practice is helping you figure out the "why" of your current experiences rather than trying to define the "what." My priority in the therapeutic environment is to hold space where you feel safe, supported, accepted and respected.

Since 2014 I have worked at a forensic maximum secure mental health hospital providing Recreation Therapy. Through this work I developed a passion for listening to people's stories and helping them heal through meaningful activities. In 2019 I enrolled in my Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology Degree at Yorkville University to learn how to better support people in processing their traumatic experiences and working towards healing. I began my practicum in September 2022, and have been practicing psychotherapy since this time. I began my private practice in June of 2023, and graduated from Yorkville University in August of 2023.

An incredibly important component of my practice as a psychotherapist is continuing education. I am constantly reading books and taking trainings. This allows me to stay up to date on best practices, as well as furthers my knowledge and understanding of the various ways trauma can impact you. 

Formal Education


General Arts and Science Certificate, Niagara College

Recreation and Leisure Services Diploma, Georgian College


Honours Bachelor Degree in Therapeutic Recreation, Seneca College


Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology with distinction, Yorkville University


Continuing Education


Mental Health First Aid, Mental Health Commission of Canada


Standard Approach to Concurrent Capable Practices, Alberta Health Services

Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist, Arizona Trauma Institute

Internal Family Systems Therapy: Step-by-Step procedures for healing traumatic wounds, PESI



Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Skills Group Training, DBT House


Level 1: Integrative Somatic Therapy Practice, Holistic Healing Trauma 


IFS Online Circle, IFS Institute 


Indigenous Canada, University of Alberta



Kid Grief Summit: Innovative Tools to Support Children and Their Families, PESI


Anxious Grief: Strategies for Working with the Missing Stage of Grief Training, PESI

35th Annual Boston International Trauma Conference


Reading List

Internal Family Systems Therapy by Richard G. Schwartz

Somatic Internal Family Systems Therapy by Susan McConnell

Scattered Minds by Gabor Mate

Transcending Trauma: Healing Complex PTSD with Internal Family Systems Therapy by Frank G. Anderson

Building a Life Worth Living, by Marsha M. Linehan - Memoir

Atomic Habits by James Clear

The Grieving Brain by Mary Frances O'Connor

Becoming Grief-Informed: A Call to Action by Donna L. Schuurman & Monique B. Mitchell (The Dougy Center: The National Grief Center for Children & Families)

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