The Therapy Team
Hannah Yager, MSW, RSW
(Director, Counsellor, Consultant)
Thanks for stopping by;
I am the director and creator of Converging Currents.
- Masters of Clinical Social Work, University of Calgary
- Bachelors of Arts in Spanish and Development Studies, University of Calgary
- Adventure Therapy and Nature-Based Therapy training
- Effective Outdoor Program Design and Risk Management, Wild Med Centre
- Emotionally Focused Therapy externship with Sue Johnson
- Wilderness First Responder Certification, Rocky Mountain Adventure Med
I believe that challenges and problems we face are transformational moments in our history that guide and shape us to be who we are and who we will become.
My goal is to create an organization and program that creates space for people to deconstruct their problems, and the negative label of mental illness, into something that is normal, rather, than abnormal. Everyone experiences mental health challenges at some point in their life and for different reasons.
I want to help people reorganize their view of the problems they are facing, so that new ways of approaching these disruptions can emerge.
After that, people begin to understand themselves and create their own solutions, while learning to let go of self-destructive patterns.
I do this through many forms: Converging Currents offers conventional in-office therapy sessions; as well as, therapy conducted in outdoors (Adventure Therapy). Converging Currents also works with businesses to help them reach their staff team building goals through the creation of adventure retreats that bring staff and management together to work towards the business goals outlined by the company.
If you need help or want more information Contact me today.Than
Socially Constructed Concept
I believe “mental health” is a socially constructed concept, created by a society and a generation that is pursuing happiness. This is because we are afraid of suffering. I feel that “mental illness” is just an explanation for our inability to manage distress, because we all face distressing moments in our lives.
Through facing my own challenges and learning to persevere through distressing life circumstances, I learned to face my own mental health. Learning how to respond to myself when I was in distress. Therefore, those who choose to journey with themselves, on a self-reflective and self-aware sojourn, are the bravest amongst all.
Hannah Yager initially completed a Bachelors of Arts degree, studying Spanish and Development Studies, before continuing onto a Masters in Clinical Social Work with a focus in Couples and Family Therapy. Hannah is a Registered Social Worker with the British Columbia College of Social Workers.
Hannah grew up on a farm on Vancouver Island, just outside of Victoria, BC. She grew up building forts and spending time hiking through the many acres of crown land surrounding her home. She learned to navigate in the wilderness, because it was her backyard.
During her undergrad, she was passionate about language and culture and lived in both Quito, Ecuador and Trinidad, Bolivia, studying in Ecuador and later working on a water project in the Amazon Jungle of Bolivia.
Her passion for Adventure Therapy grew once in her Masters program and while working for an Outdoor Addictions Treatment Centre that had a focus on Adventure Therapy with At-Risk-Youth. This led to her passion to start her own program.
These experiences have shaped who Hannah is as both a counsellor and social worker, which give her a unique perspective on culture, people, and herself.
Hello my name is River, I am very social. I enjoy meeting kids and adults. I help people feel safe and calm in the therapy room. My favourite activities are hiking, swimming, frolicking in the snow, and chasing gophers. I love going on Canoe Trips and Adventures in the outdoors with clients. Please request for me to be part of your experience with Converging Currents.