Adaptive Therapy

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Are you seeking a careful and kind therapist?

No person is an island. We see beyond the person, shaping supportive environments to enhance human flourishing. 

Adam Henley, RN — Registered Nurse — Edmonton, Alberta
Adam Henley, MSc, RN

Clinical Lead for Neurological Rehabilitation

(587) 414-7879

Hi there! My name is Adam and I support the Adaptive Therapy program — offered both in-home and online.

In this post, I share my journey towards becoming a therapist with the hope this helps you evaluate my approach and potential fit with your health concern.

Careful and kind care fuels new hope for health & healing.

I came to appreciate careful and kind care from a very young age. Shortly after I was born, I was placed in foster care where I remained until four years old. Some families were caring and attentive while others were untrusting, cold and distant. I travelled from home-to-home with unkept hair and barely enough clothes to fill a travel bag. I relied upon good care for my survival, as many patients do.

However, I was also afforded the privilege to overcome the toxic effects of Canada’s child welfare system. I now appreciate how similar my experience was to many people who do not have a supportive environment for growth. Many people feel discarded. Others lack purpose or meaning. It can be helpful to find meaning in these challenges, as a path to personal growth.

I was lucky to have been adopted in early childhood. After finding a stable home environment, I graduated high-school with first-class honours. I then attended the Trent/Fleming School of Nursing where I completed my Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree on full scholarship.

These early experiences — from surviving to thriving — shape my values and commitments as your adaptive therapist. I recognize the many impacts of stress, and how it shapes us. I cheer for the underdog, and will likely see how resilient you are. I am also thankful to be here, on Earth, with you. As your therapist, I hope to honour your quest to overcome hostile environments. I also acknowledge that my childhood experiences shape my strengths (and weaknesses) as your counsellor.

It is important to address environments which may be hostile to human life, as a key priority of care.

As a Registered Nurse, I am trained to respond effectively during moments of crisis and distress. I am also trained in neuropsychological approaches to care, particularly how brain-body states shape consciousness and attention. This helps me address pain, suffering and existential challenges from a biopsychosocial perspective.

I know that we are interdependent on environment. No person can be an island. We may choose to take personal responsibility for every success and failure. However, it is critically important for me to examine the environments that shape thoughts and behaviours.

In addition, your symptoms often describe important environmental interactions. Many mental health symptoms are based on complex evaluations of sensory data, allowing your brain to form predictions. This then guides actions taken to shape your environment. In this way, mental health symptoms may help you respond to environmental stressors. You might listen to symptoms (and the emotions that accompany them) as a guide to your best path forward.

As a patient, your provider should listen to and help resolve what makes life difficult.

Many patients have shaped my journey towards becoming a counsellor, and I have learned so much alongside them. In 2015, several patients actually inspired me to research the interactions between chronic disease and mental health, noticing gaps in our scientific knowledge and asking critical questions. Questions like… Why can stress cause diabetes to progress? And, why do my emotions feel ‘off’ after a mild concussion?

Patients continue to ask interesting questions. Some have shared their experience of exhaustion and despair, trying to overcome an incurable disease. Others described a sense of panic, living alone in quarantine. Few psychologists are trained to treat physical syndromes; however, the intersection of body and mind is where I thrive as a nurse therapist.

In 2021, I completed my Master of Science in Psychology degree, awarded with Distinction. My Masters thesis explored the experience of fatigue and social isolation among healthy Canadians. I also maintain national certification in Community Health Nursing, and additional training in health psychology, motivational interviewing, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

I deeply value the role of therapy, and find it provides space to grow my own mindfulness, compassion and grace. I also find this work helps me continue to learn at the intersection of psychology and health. I hope this introduction helps you form hopes and aspirations for therapy before we meet.

Biopsychosocial care that sees the whole person.

Our adaptive therapy program offers:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Acceptance & Commitment Therapy
  • Motivational interviewing & coaching
  • Neurocognitive assessments
  • Review of labs and medications
  • On-call nursing care
  • Advocacy for community supports
  • Case conferencing with physician
  • Care coordination & referrals

* See Schedule of Health Service Fees for an itemized list of home care fees

Have questions?

Why not book a 30 minute consult with our Therapist? Get in touch when you need extra support, and let us look into various options for community mental health care, counselling or therapy in Edmonton, Alberta.

Mental health supports are also available 24/7 by phone.

If you need support before our first visit, we recommend calling a mental health support line that is accessible to Alberta residents. Many of these hotlines are connected to urgent mental health programs. They also offer private, non-judgemental support to help you safely work through distress in the community.

All Alberta residents have access to 24/7 mental health supports, including: *

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AHS Mental Health Help Line (1-877-303-2642) is a 24/7 helpline for Alberta residents.

811 (Health Link Alberta) offers free phone support for Edmonton residents post-stroke, concussion and brain injury.

Health Link Alberta (811) provides advice and referral to mental health services.

Brite Line (1-844-70-BRITE) is a support line for Edmonton’s 2SLGBTQ+ community.

If you or someone you are concerned about is in immediate danger, please call 911.


* ConsortiaCare.ca provides links to external providers to help Edmonton residents select the best possible service for their health condition and is not affiliated with them.