About Judy

Information about Judy, her training and experience, and philosophies on counselling/personal development.

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Gateways Counselling has been present for people and their issues since 1988..There are times in every person’s life where one wants a safe place to speak and be heard. At Gateways Counselling the commitment is to be present with you, to non-judgmentally listen, and to support your healing journey.

Judy Wright is a M. Ed. Registered Psychologist and is registered with the Saskatchewan
College of Psychologists in the areas of clinical, counselling, and developmental. Populations
serviced are: children ( age 5 and up), adolescent and adults. Sessions are provided for
individuals, couples and families. Judy holds a Bachelor of Arts, High Honors in Psychology,
Minor in Religious Studies and a Masters in Educational Psychology. Judy is a certified trainer
of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (1990) and a trained mediator (2000). Judy worked as a
supervisor and manager in insurance and stock/bond companies, and the credit union system for
over 30 years. Judy has had the pleasure of working with Hawaiian Huna Shamans, Peruvian
shamans, and Navajo, Ojibwa and Cree elders. Judy incorporates humanistic and cognitive
behavioral perspectives, along with clinical hypnosis, and a wide range of evidenced based
therapies.


Judy brings her warm spirit and wisdom to all her training and counselling sessions. Judy
believes that a counsellor or trainer must stand as a witness or “walk with a person through their
experiences.” Judy feels our world would find more healing if more people experienced
compassionate listening. Judy is there to assist people in finding their own inner richness and
personhood by offering her support and encouragement. Judy encourages people to face and
move through their issues by confronting and challenging in an honest and caring manner. Judy
encourages people to transform their lives so they may experience their own power and create
their dreams.


Judy does not “solve” your problem, but works with you to assist you in discovering the best
processes and strategies that work for you. People may need guidance and suggestions as to what
to incorporate and how to change, but the final decision is up to the client. Judy uses her
expertise and evidenced based techniques to work with each individual, couple or family. Judy
works, as member of their team, to help them develop more effective cognitive, emotional and
behavioral strategies.


Judy believes that inside every person is a sense of goodness and wonderment that needs to be
fostered and encouraged. Judy does not believe that people are broken, but rather that people’s
difficulties arise from ineffective cognitive and behavioral strategies. Life strategies, even
ineffective strategies, are the most effective strategies that a person could create, in that moment.
Judy recognizes that at times these unhealthy patterns are learned through family of origin or
other “learning opportunities” along life’s way; i.e., divorce, loss of a loved one, lack of self-
love, and other challenges life presents. Judy is here to help you gently learn to accept yourself
and find a new way of living. Strategies, beliefs, and behaviors can be changed and what is
learned can be unlearned.

Ask yourself...

Meet Nina

Judy is pleased to announce a new counsellor will be joining Gateways August 2022.

Nina Nyalowo is registered social worker who provides services in Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia. Nina practices from person-centered, anti-oppressive, anti-racist, strength-based, harm reduction, and trauma informed perspectives. She prides herself in being kind, empathetic, and genuine with clients.

Nina’s counselling approach is guided by a combination of formal education, research, and lived experience. She uses an integrative approach that is grounded in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Compassionate Inquiry, Narrative therapy, and Solution-focused therapy, among others. From personal and professional experience, she has gained experience in working with issues related to anxiety, depression, grief, anger, trauma, dementia, racial identity, spiritual identity, school/work/life stress, suicide ideation, self-harm, racial based trauma, life transitions, gender and sexuality diversity, and coping skills.

Nina’s approach looks at the whole person, so together, you will dive into all aspects of who you are: physical, mental, social, and spiritual; past, present, and future. Collaboratively, you will navigate your struggles, challenges, and/or areas of your life that you would like to see transformed.

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