Neringa is a Registered Social Worker and therapist with more than 20 years of practice experience, based in Vancouver. She currently offers online and phone appointments and will facilitate in-person sessions later in the year. Neringa specializes in assisting individuals who are carrying a burden of past and present trauma, which hinders their ability to connect more deeply with themselves and people around them. She also assists people who are dealing with stress, anxiety and depression.
Neringa’s practice is greatly informed by an anti-oppressive, trauma informed, somatic and attachment based therapies. Neringa is a licensed Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapist. EMDR informed interventions prove to be a very effective treatment for clients who experienced trauma.
In her work, Neringa noticed that often times past traumatic memories make people feel stuck. The unprocessed trauma may look like self-doubt, anger, fear, procrastination, overwhelming shame, or anxiety. She believes that unhelpful behavioural and thinking patterns we learned earlier in life helped us to survive, but may no longer be serving us and have gradually become a source of our struggles. With that awareness, she builds working relationships with the clients in which they approach the wounded parts of self with curiosity and compassion so they can be healed, and regain trust.
As a clinician, she is particularly interested in the extraordinary human capacity to heal, and the processes of resilience. She is curious to learn what makes people thrive despite adversity, and what makes them connect with their inner strengths and resources so they can create new experiences, restore trust, and make positive changes in their lives. Through her research and her clinical practice, Neringa has learned that resilience is a continuous journey that is built on safety, trust and growth, embracing vulnerability and imperfections, and especially the courage to feel complex feelings.
Neringa was born and raised in Lithuania. She has Masters in Social Work degree and started her clinical social work practice in Europe. She is completing her PhD at the Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies at the University of British Columbia, specializing in Social Work, Psychology and Education. Neringa is an Instructor in the Continuing Studies Counselling Program at the Vancouver Community College.
Client Focus: Individual adults
Types of Therapy: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Internal Family Systems, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Somatic Approaches, Trauma Informed Practice