Crystal graduated from the University of British Columbia with a master’s degree in social work. She is registered with the BC College of Social Workers and a registered clinical counsellor through the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. Crystal is a certified EMDR therapist and an Approved EMDRIA EMDR consultant. She is an active leader in consulting EMDR (Eye movement desensitization reprocessing) Peer Group and currently leads EMDR4Ukrainebc as part of giving back through the EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Program. Here she leads a team of EMDR therapists who help facilitate an EMDR protocol called IGTP- OTS for women displaced by the Ukraine war.
She has over twenty years of experience working with youth, families, and adults within the private and the mental health continuum for public health care. She has a strong background in addiction treatment, and prevention, and has worked as a clinician, team leader, and educator for mental health. Her area of expertise is the treatment of complex trauma and PTSD using EMDR. She currently specializes in treating cumulative trauma among the police, paramedic, firefighter, military and veteran communities. To book an appointment see www.crystalarber.com
She has worked on the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, Canada’s poorest postal code, and has pioneered the use of EMDR with Concurrent Disordered clients, a population previously thought to be too unstable to benefit. She has empowered these clients to manage their most severe PTSD symptoms through a psycho-educational and skills-based group called Making Sense of Trauma. The group’s success led to over 100 graduates in three years.
She has used an intensive EMDR template (Four days of three-hour sessions) for treating post-traumatic injury with First Responders and Military for the BC OSI Veteran Affairs clinic.
Crystal is also an educator and has facilitated workshops about Trauma-Informed Practice in both the public and private sectors. She was a guest speaker at St Paul’s Psychiatric Rounds Department, UBC School of Social Work, as well as primary care clinics in Vancouver Coastal Health.
She recently spoke at EMDR Canada on using EMDR with First Responders and Police in an intensive model to treat PTSD