Counselling Approach

It is important that you find a counsellor who is a good fit for you personally. On this page I offer information to give you details of how I work and what to expect in our counselling sessions.

Central to my approach is my commitment to work collaboratively with clients to determine goals and solutions to problems. This simply means I work with you to decide where you would like to go and how you can get there.

I believe that clients know themselves and their life situations best. You know what has and hasn’t worked in the past. I have the expertise in navigating the change process (eg. clinical interventions). Together we can move forward.

As a therapist my job is to simultaneously…

  1. Respect and utilize the client’s knowledge by carefully listening to what the client offers. Listening includes actively asking questions to get a clear understanding of how the client makes sense of things. This process can often jump start change. Clients begin to recognize other ways of seeing the problem and its solutions.
  2. Invite clients to entertain my own way of understanding the client’s experiences. This is done through various conversational interventions such as specific questions or exercises. These interventions are called invitations as they are offered in way that the client is free to accept them, reject them or simply come back to them later.

The listening and inviting process are combined in a continuously evolving conversation where myself and my clients construct new ways of understanding (e.g. Beliefs), interacting, and ultimately living.

In this process I work with clients to create a safe environment to share, challenge and move forward.


Problems I can help with...

I use a number of clinical approaches including solution focused, narrative, cognitive behavioural, body/energy (e.g. EFT), and family systems. As a result I am able to work with a number of referral issues.

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Stress

  • Self Esteem Concerns

  • Parenting Challenges

  • Relationship Issues

  • Phobias

  • Post Traumatic Stress

  • Effects of Abuse

  • Anger Management

  • Other more specific concerns

If you are unsure if I can work with you addressing your specific concerns please contact me and we can discuss further how I can help. I do not mind spending a few minutes on the phone to help you decide if my practice is a fit for you and your situation.

Mind Body Link

I also see a strong link between psychological health and physical health. In other words, I believe what you put in your body and how you care for it is central to mental health. As a result, I am very interested in working with other wellness professionals (e.g. naturopaths, accupuncturists, nutritionists etc.) to holistically work towards improved health (referrals available).


Confidentiality

Confidentiality is a key principle with any psychological service and your right to privacy is central in my practice. I take every effort to safeguard the privacy of individuals in the collection, use, storage, and disclosure of personal information. More detailed information on confidentiality can be found on my consent form given to clients at the onset of counselling. Please feel free to review it and ask me any questions you may have.


Frequency of Sessions and Length of Counselling

Weekly or bi-weekly 50 minute sessions are most common in my practice, however, the frequency of our time together is based on your concerns and situation. I usually work within a short-term model of therapy (e.g. 1 to approximately 20 sessions). Keep in mind, as with frequency of session, the length of counselling depends on what works for you and what you are dealing with in your life.

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