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Marie Filion, Msc, RPC. - Psychotherapist

Last updated: November 27, 2019

Marie Filion

In addition to being an experienced anxiety disorder psychotherapist, Marie has a special interest in working with Anxious Adults, Child and Parent Therapy, and Psychometric Testing. Marie speaks English and French.

Marie specializes in the areas of:

  • Anxiety Disorder
  • Trauma
  • Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD)
  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Communication
  • Abuse
  • Addictions
  • Marriage and family
  • Personal Development
  • Social Anxiety Issues
  • Generalized Anxiety Issues
  • Panic issues
  • Communication/Relationship/Social Skills Issues
  • Depression/Mood Issues
  • Grief/Loss Issues
  • Parenting Issues
  • Personal Motivation/Goal Setting
  • Stress Management Issues
  • Issues related to faith and Christian beliefs
  • Neurodevelopmental Disorder
  • ADHD
  • Career
  • Education/Learning Disabilities
  • Anger
  • Neuropsychological

Marie experienced the following symptoms:

  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Difficulty thinking/concentrating
  • Headaches
  • Clumsiness
  • Heart palpitations
  • Irritability, on edge
  • Muscle tension, stiffness, pain
  • Panic
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Shortness of breath
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder


Marie grew up in a dysfunctional home where stress was common place. Her asthma got so bad that she was on multiple medications and could hardly participate in daily life. Her allergies were also quite severe, to the point that at one point in early childhood, she was allergic to her own hair. Marie’s mother suffered from mental health issues that adversely affected Marie’s life.

In late adolescence, Marie struggled with severe anxiety whereupon she often felt paralyzed. Marie learnt how to cope and heal through her relationship with the Lord and her horse. Today, Marie is happily married and healthy. She is compassionate to those that struggle with challenging life circumstances. Both personal and professional experiences has prepared Marie to help individuals and families find the keys in difficult situations. Marie believes if she can heal, anybody can heal. She is passionate about this view and aims to infuse hope into those she works with.

Marie has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in addition to a second undergraduate degree in Psychology from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Her graduate work is comprised of a Master of Science in Psychology from Walden University and additional course work from University of Calgary and Duke University.

Marie’s professional training includes having been trained by Dr. Bruce Perry of the Child Trauma Academy and Dr. Daniel Hughes of the Dyadic Developmental Institute. She also did some training with Dr. Karyn Purvis whereupon she completed that Adult Attachment Interview and rated as a securely attached adult. This is testimony to God’s healing power in her life. She has continued supervision under Dr. Joanne Crandell, Clinical Psychologist, in order to keep current and complete hours to become a psychological assistant registering with the College of Psychologist of British Columbia.

Marie has over twenty years working with individuals and families who struggle with a wide variety of challenges. She is often called in to work with difficult cases that other clinicians would not consider taking. Marie believes that there is health and healing for everyone and works hard to prayerfully find solutions with her clients.

Marie lives in Kelowna, British Columbia with her husband of twenty years and two of their daughters. Marie has two grown children and a growing family.


The combination of good self-help information and working with an experienced anxiety disorder therapist is the most effective way to address anxiety disorder and its many symptoms. Until the core causes of anxiety are addressed - the underlying factors that motivate apprehensive behavior - a struggle with anxiety disorder can return again and again. Identifying and successfully addressing anxiety's underlying factors is the best way to overcome problematic anxiety.

Additional Resources:

anxietycentre.com: Information, support, and coaching/counseling/therapy for problematic anxiety and its sensations and symptoms, including anxiety therapist Marie Filion.