My Approach to Helping
Are you feeling stuck and not sure of where you’re going or what’s holding you back in life? Feeling lonely, anxious or depressed? Tired of the same and wanting to move forward with something new in life? We often find ourselves repeating patterns of behavior or taking on relationships that prevent us from taking the next step in our lives; however, with support and guidance, you are capable of making sustainable changes that will open you up to the fulfilling experiences and relationships you desire.
I believe everyone brings inherent strengths to therapy that serve as the foundation for growth and transformation. In our work together, I can help you identify these inner resources and offer toolsskills to build upon them so you can reach your goals and make meaningful advances in your life.
More Info About My Practice
My name is Kristen Hamilton and I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. I graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology, with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2012.
Over the past 10 years, my professional experiences have been driven by my passion for working with children, youth, families and adults. I have worked in a wide range of settings and populations, including hospital, community and private practice.
I am passionate about helping youth and adults identify and overcome the obstacles that prevent them from reaching their full potential. I seek to provide a safe and non-judgmental space for youth and adults to explore patterns and beliefs that may be hindering them from making meaningful changes in their lives. Together, we can explore and process the impact past wounds and relationships may be having on your sense of self and your relationships. Through processing and beginning to challenge these beliefs, I seek to help my clients feel more empowered and confident in establishing and maintaining their relationship with themselves and others.
In my work with clients, I use components of person-centred theory, attachment theory, family systems theory, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT), mindfulness and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR).
I am also a registered provider for the Crime Victim Assistance Program (CVAP), First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) and LifeWorks EAP.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
People go to counselling for many different reasons. Here are just a few issues that come up frequently in my practice.....
Have you been feeling down lately? Isolating from your loved ones? Struggling with feeling worthless, hopeless or numb? Having difficulty getting out of bed in the morning or feeling unmotivated to do all of the things on your to-do list? We all experience low mood at some point or another but when it lasts for a significant period of time, it is time to consider reaching out to a professional. Counselling can help to improve your mood and self-esteem. We will meet you where you?re at and help you create a way forward out of depression in order to live a more fulfilling life.
Have you been feeling on edge? Worrying excessively about things? Perhaps you have been feeling panicked in certain situations and don?t know why? Avoiding situations that might make you feel uncomfortable? Anxiety is something we all have ? it keeps us safe and can also be channeled into motivation, however, when our anxiety takes over, we can end up feeling out of control, worn out and hopeless. Counselling can help you to uncover underlying reasons for your anxiety, learn helpful coping strategies and to see the world around you as safe once again.
Have you been feeling distant from your partner? Struggling to feel connected with yourself and others? Maybe you are noticing that patterns seem to get re-enacted in your relationships, no matter how much you try to do things differently this time! Maybe you are feeling lonely despite having the ?picture perfect? romance you always hoped for. Or maybe you keep finding yourself drawn to the wrong people and end up feeling rejected, lonely and hurt. Counselling can help you feel more grounded and empowered in your sense of self. It can help you to discover aspects of your own attachment style and how this style plays out in your relationships without even realizing. We will work toward helping you become more secure and confident within yourself in order to have more successful and meaningful relationships with your loved ones.
Sometimes we find ourselves feeling overwhelmed by everything we need to do or everything we are supposed to do. Did you know that chronic stress increases our chances of developing anxiety, depression, fatigue, heart attack, high blood pressure and much more? It basically ravages our system! We all have coping strategies, whether helpful or not. Sometimes just having an unbiased participant to bounce things off of can be helpful, however, there are also tips and tricks we can work on together to help you better manage your stress level. When our stress level is managed adequately, we are healthier physically, emotionally and mentally, leading to better decision-making and finding more fulfillment in our relationships and our workplaces.