My Approach to Helping
I have experience working with individuals, couples, and families in a general counselling context. This includes assisting individuals with concerns regarding depression, anxiety, trauma (developmental or acute), and life transitions brought about through changes in the work and or home situation. Additionally, services have been provided to the Alberta Court system in the capacity of Brief Conflict Intervention counselling for families regarding issues related to divorce and separation.
In terms of my orientation, the process works collaboratively through questioning and discussion, as well as incorporating techniques that access the bodymind interplay. This can involve cognitive methods or body-focused experiential processes. The intention is focused upon assisting the client with self-empowerment - within their lives and circumstances.
More Info About My Practice
Additional experience comes from providing psychological assessments on varying concerns for individuals and families. At present, this pertains to working with individuals to assess and address substance use and addiction behaviours through relapse prevention support, as well as aiding in accessing resources for treatment services.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
During the past three years, I expanded my learning and refined my skills in order to assist persons contending with trauma-related issues. This upgrading includes two processes; one called Somatic Experiencing (SE) and the other Integrated Body Psychotherapy (IBP). As methods they stand to help me increase effectiveness when helping individuals with acute and developmental trauma. Briefly, this is made possible by helping a person to connect more fully with their physical sensations and experiences. As a result, an individual can become better able to regulate their own system (thinking, feeling, instinct, imagination, and physical sensations). The upside, an individual has more capacity to reduce anxiety and stress in daily life, while increasing access to overall well-being and happiness.