Christine Holowick-Sparkes, Social Worker, Marriage & Family Therapist

Christine Holowick 

Marriage & Family Therapist (MMFT)

Registered Social Worker (BSW/RSW)

Therapist & Director,  (she/her)

REGISTERED WITH MANITOBA BLUE CROSS, MEDAVIE BLUE CROSS, SUNLIFE, First Nations & Inuit Health Branch
ACCEPTED BY OTHER PLANS, INCLUDING: UMSU STUDENTCARE, GREEN SHIELD, CANADA LIFE

Areas of Focus: couples therapy, relationship loss & ambivalence, separation and divorce, parenting, trauma, ADHD, complex/developmental trauma, anger issues, severe and persistent mental health issues, addiction.

Primary Therapeutic Modalities: Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR), Emotionally-Focussed Therapy, Internal Family Systems, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, attachment theory, communications coaching, enneagram.

We all experience difficult events in our lives. Some of these events happened a long time ago, and have influenced the way we interact with ourselves and the world. Some of the events are more recent and throw us off the course we were on. We can become stuck in ways of being that are no longer helpful to us and end up causing distress. I believe therapy can be a helpful way to process what has or is happening in our lives and encourage healthy adaptation and growth, so we can live with more peace, happiness and connection.
In our work together, clients are often:
  • Discovering and strengthening their own voice and learning to let it guide their life.

  • Recognizing how their old ways of being have become stifling and are wanting to develop healthier and more centered ways of being and relating.

  • Recovering from emotional wounds (abuse, neglect, attachment injury) experienced in their childhood.

  • Learning to be kind to and more accepting of themselves.

What I believe about therapy & change:
  • Therapy is a collaborative process: I bring expertise about human relationships and mental health, and you bring expertise about your own life and who you are. This is where magic can happen.

  • People are simultaneously doing the best they can AND have capacity for change and growth. My job is to be both non-judgementally accepting AND support your growth process.

Qualifications and Experience

I hold a Master’s Degree in Marriage & Family Therapy, and have practiced as a Registered Social Worker / mental health clinician since 2007. In my therapy practice, I draw from a number of models to match what’s best for you, which may include Emotions-Focused Therapy, Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Internal Family Systems, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Discernment Counselling, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Narrative Therapy. I have professional training in a number of these models and advanced training in Emotionally-Focused Therapy for couples (see link for more info). I am a member of the Canadian Association for Marriage & Family Therapy and the Manitoba College of Social Workers. Doing Therapy is one of my passions, along with gardening, creating/making, and mothering my two amazing children.

Availability

(for In-Person & Online, unless otherwise specified)

Wednesdays: 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM (*online only*)

Wednesdays: 4:30 PM to 9:30 PM 

Thursdays: 9:30 AM to 9:30 PM

Fridays: 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM