My Approach to Helping
Life can be a mixture of obstacles and challenges, as well as rewards and fulfillment. As a counsellor, I believe that everyone has the inner wisdom and strength to change and find their most authentic self. I will work alongside you to rediscover and reconnect with your wise self. I work from a strengths-based, holistic approach that builds on your personal strengths and enhances your ability to make changes in your life that support ongoing mental and emotional well-being. I use structured, as well as informal techniques, that will be discussed with you to determine what works best for you. This work we do together will be unique to you and the changes you are looking to make in your life.
Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed
Historically, going to see a counsellor for support has had a certain stigma attached to it - and it still does, to a certain degree. This is truly unfortunate since it prevents people accessing a service that can help improve their overall mental and emotional health and well-being. I believe that, as social beings, we can all use support at some point in our life. There are many challenges that may present themselves as we age - the death of a loved one, job loss or transition, relationship turmoil, self-identity questions, mental illness, addiction issues, just to name a few. Therapy can assist in these areas by providing insight and/or potential behavioral interventions, as needed. Counselling is a dynamic process and you are the one in charge of the work to be done. We do the best we can with the knowledge and skills at our disposal but we don't know what we don't know and another, objective viewpoint can be very helpful in moving through what is troubling us. As with any physical health concerns, it is always going to be more helpful to get the support we need before something becomes more unmanageable. And physical health can be impacted by our emotional and mental health in many ways, as current research is discovering. I would encourage anyone who has questions or concerns about something in their life to contact a counsellor for a conversation.