Before your first session, you can share this story with your child.
Marcella’s Superhero Story
Marcella uses her dreaming and playing Superpowers to help kids soar through difficult life experiences.
Once upon a time, there was a little girl called Marcella, who loved dreaming. This is her Superpower story (it’s about dreaming and playing) and she wants to share it with you.
Marcella spent day and night dreaming about adventures. Rainbows she could glide. Unicorns and dragons she could fly. She wished for things, too. Castles of ribbon and candy. Tea with the Queen. A friendly pig and a kangaroo. Dreams full of wishes and wonders. Sunshine, stars in the sky, and the prettiest flower anyone had seen.
She loved playing and she could play all the time! She built a rocketship out of rain clouds. She built castles of sand with walls made of rainbows, ten feet high, where a polite little piggy always said hi. In her dreams, everyone could play—and even fly.
As Marcella got older, it got harder to dream and to play.
“Focus on work,” was what everyone would say. “You are growing up, Marcella, and grown-ups cannot dream or play.” (Which is not true, by the way).
Marcella worked hard, but her dreams were precious, so she held on to them, tight. When no one was around, she planted her dreams in the ground. She watered and watched over them patiently, day and night. Then she wished, worked, and waited with all her might.
Time passed. Her planted dreams were taking a long time to sprout. The sky was cloudy and she (almost) started to doubt. But she wouldn’t give up. She tried to dream and play. To her surprise, she saw she still could, and her dreams began to sprout. Dreaming and playing were her Superpowers!
When Marcella grew up, using her Superpowers, she joined forces with her friend Natalie to build a fabulous place called EmPOWERland, where kids discover and develop their own Superpowers.
Every day, Marcella still dreams and plays. And now her dreams and play involve kids who are Superheroes—just like you!
Marcella’s Professional Bio
Marcella is a registered psychologist and director of Kids Reconnect. She is a curious and playful therapist who uses her imagination to find creative solutions for the children, youth, and families she serves.
Her experience working with complex cases and childhood trauma has taught her that dreaming, curiosity, and play are protective factors that guard against even the most difficult life experiences and adversities.
Marcella holds an undergraduate degree in psychology from Guelph University and a Master of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology from McGill University. She is a Registered Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists, and member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA), the Psychologists Association of Alberta (PAA), and the Alberta Play Therapy Association (APTA). Marcella has completed additional training in play-based techniques through Rocky Mountain Play Therapy Institute and the Alberta Play Therapy Association. Marcella has also obtained advanced training for Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy for use with children and youth.
Marcella Galizia and Natalie Bergman co-founded Calgary Reconnect Counselling Group (CRCG), assembling a team of therapists with two specialized branches: Kids Reconnect and Couples Reconnect.
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