My Approach to Helping
About Douglas Hanson MA, CCC, CCRC
Trauma-Informed Psychotherapist, Winnipeg, Manitoba
30 Years of Experience
As a psychotherapist in Winnipeg, I provide therapy to individuals and couples like you, who are struggling with depression, anxiety, relationship problems, or trauma and PTSD. I have specific training in helping people overcome severe psychological problems that are often due to traumatic experiences in childhood or adulthood.
The majority of my clients have reported relief from their emotional distress and gone on to have more fulfilling lives and relationships. Many past clients refer friends and family members to me.
In therapy with me, you'll experience understanding, compassion and emotional support. You will not be judged. We will work collaboratively to resolve the issues causing your distress. Through therapy, you will once again find happiness.
I practice Eye Movement and Desensitization Therapy (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT). These are therapeutic approaches that are proven to help. They are supported by the latest research on effective psychological treatments.
If you are struggling with depression, anxiety, relationship problems, trauma or PTSD, contact me at my Winnipeg Office at (204 297-6350) or firstname.lastname@example.org for your FREE 10-minute consultation, to see how I can help.
More Info About My Practice
As a Winnipeg trauma-informed psychotherapist focusing on problems largely due to trauma, I offer therapy services 5 days per week and am available some evenings. In this way, I hope to accommodate your schedule. There is ample free parking in front of my office. I am located near the corner of Roslyn Rd and Osborne Rd within close proximity to city buses. I am able to accept cash or cheques and provide a receipt for each session.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
For over 30 years, my professional training, research interests and psychotherapy practice have been oriented to treating individuals who are suffering from depression, anxiety, troubled relationships, as well as trauma and PTSD.
Depression can be experienced as debilitating mental pain. A lack of energy and motivation may coincide with a loss of interest in anything pleasurable. You may experience a deep sense of loneliness that no one understands. Frequent feelings of agitation, irritability, and anger may result in actions that may further push others away. Difficulties with memory and concentration may reduce your ability to make decisions. These temporary deficits may result in feelings of low self-worth and esteem. At times you may think that the only way out of this pain is to cease to exist, resulting in suicidal thoughts.
Therapy can help you resolve the pain and hopelessness of depression. In therapy, you'll once again experience hope and joy. Your level of energy and motivation will improve. You'll be reawakened to the pleasure in activities you used to enjoy. Relationships with friends and family will once again bring you happiness.
Anxiety and severe stress can be all-consuming and devastating. You may be overwrought with worries such as imagining the worst is always going to happen, fear of losing control and embarrassing yourself, or thinking that people are being critical of you. You might also suffer from panic attacks. As a result of any of these symptoms, you may avoid social situations, be unable to sleep, or unable to get things done. You may feel stressed much of the time.
Therapy can help you heal the root cause of your anxiety so that you're free to enjoy your life. You can manage your worries, fears, and concerns, and perhaps completely overcome them. You can feel calmer and more control of your life.
HEALING RELATIONSHIP TROUBLES
I work with individuals who are dealing with relationship problems and couples who are struggling in conflict or emotional distance. Many of my clients have a history of unsuccessful relationships.
In individual relationship therapy or couples therapy, you can overcome your struggles and have a healthier relationship. You can overcome negative patterns, improve communication, and feel more connected to your partner. You can be more excited about your future together.
TRAUMA & PTSD
I work with clients who have experienced trauma due to childhood abuse, neglect, or abandonment. I also work with clients who have experienced a traumatic event or series of events that occurred in adulthood (e.g., physical or sexual assault, accidents, natural disasters, etc.) You may have PTSD symptoms such as intrusive memories, nightmares, or flashbacks. You may also experience fears, panic attacks, and be on edge or feel "jumpy".
As a Certified EMDR Therapist, I use EMDR to heal the underlying trauma in your nervous system so that you can feel calmer and more relaxed. You will sleep better and feel freer to enjoy your life. You'll be able to go places and participate in activities that you may have avoided previously.
If you can relate to any of the above, visit my website to find out more about me. You can also contact me for a 10-minute phone consultation. Together, we'll determine how I might help.
What I Say to People Concerned about the Therapy Process
As a trauma-informed psychotherapist, my professional ethics dictate that I can only provide therapy for mental health conditions for which I have completed professional training in the treatment of.
As a result, you can be assured that my counselling services will be of benefit to you. I believe it is my professional responsibility to ensure you feel a sense of hope as a result of your first therapy session. My therapy work with you is collaborative ensuring that the focus and pace of our work together is directed by your needs, goals and level of comfort. This is achieved through my observation of your responses, professional sense of your readiness, and at times clarifying with you your level of comfort in processing a difficult issue.
To find out more about how I can help, please visit my website at https:douglashansontherapist.com You can book a free 10-minute phone consultation with me to ask me any questions you have.