My Approach to Helping
Are you overwhelmed by anxiety and depression? Are you struggling to manage your emotions and symptoms? Maybe your struggle is impacting your relationships, and taking away your hope and objectives. You may know that you are not alone in your suffering. If you allow me, I will be here to help you. My goal is to help you transcend difficult life experiences, symptoms of depression and anxiety, and regain a sense of ease, peace, emotional balance. I work with individuals and groups in-clinic and on-line (via Skype) with a cognitive-behavioral, mindful, accepting, non-judgmental, and compassionate approach.
I specialize in cases that many other therapists shun from, including severe anxiety and major depression, teens and adults with emotional disturbance from abuse (psychologicalphysicalsexual abuse) or neglect; borderline personality disorder; psychotic disorders, self-harming behaviors, and suicidal ideationbehaviors. I conduct psychotherapy in both French and English.
I have a longstanding personal, clinical, and research expertise in mindfulness based approaches (including MBSR, MBCT, DBT, and ACT). I have been trained at Concordia University, at the University of Montreal, and at Harvard University. I am currently a professor at McGill University.
Positive growth and change are possible for you. If that is what you are looking for, you are welcome to contact me!
More Info About My Practice
I do both face-to-face and online (via the web, e.g., Skype) psychotherapy.
I also provide group therapy. The group is 8 week long (2 hours weekly), the maximum number of participants in a group is 8. The group focuses mindfulness, acceptance, compassion, non-judgment, and other DBT skills (Dialectical Behavior Therapy). The components of the treatment are: Emotional regulation; Embodied Mindfulness; Embodied compassion; Mindfulness in interpersonal relationships; Compassion in interpersonal relationships. The practices include among others: Meditation on the breath; Meditation on the emotionssensationsthoughts; Loving-Kindness meditation; Compassion-based practices. The sessions will include also teachings and group-discussions about a variety of topics, some will be also tailored to the needs of the participants.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
I specialize in third-wave cognitive-behaviour approaches, namely mindfulness-based therapies (including Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy or MBCT, and Minfulness-Based Stress-Reduction or MBSR), acceptance (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy or ACT), and compassion (Compassionate Focused Therapy or CFT). I wrote numerous published scientific articles on these subjects.
How Psychotherapy Can Help
Unlike medication and psychiatric treatment, psychotherapy is a process, meaning it requires time, energy, and resources. In addition, psychotherapy is a collaborative work between you and your therapist aiming towards common objectives, set by you. Psychotherapy allows you to perceive and relate to internal states and external events differently.
It gives you the gift of understanding, identifying, describing, experiencing, and relating to your emotions in the present moment differently, with a sense of peace, ease, and mastery. You gain self-confidence and self-control, so you can deal with challenging situations and negative, painful emotions. While the effects of medication and other drugs (whether prescribed, legal, or illegal) are momentary and transient, the changes and learning in a comprehensive psychotherapeutic process is life changing and long lasting.