My Approach to Helping
It's courageous of you to be searching for a counsellor, and it's not necessarily easy. Firstly, it involves the act of turning on that light and sometimes we don't want to see our stuff. And secondly, there are a bunch of profiles like mine to search through. Goodness-of-fit is important!
I have experience working with clients presenting with many concerns and use theoretical approaches from a handful of perspectives including narrative, person-centered, and Adlerian therapy. The process of counselling is unique for every individual and is a collaborative process between the client and the clinician. My job is to walk alongside you in your journey to wellness, satisfaction, and self-discovery while shining lights on parts of your story that demonstrate your other ways of being that are empowered. All that being said, my approach to therapy is quite simply "human"; I bring myself into the therapy room to meet with other humans. This allows me to develop genuine, authentic connections and trust with clients, and I use humour, laughter, and self-disclosure when appropriate. Healing doesn't have to be painful all the time. I tend to be curious about family narrative, roles in relationships and families, world-view/belief systems, metaphors, mind-body symbolism and connection, symbols and imagery within dreams, and the integration of non-ordinary states of consciousness.
I am also a certified laughter yoga leader, an aspiring improv comedian, an actor, a writer, and a dodgeball player. One day, I hope to work in the film industry as a consultant for accurate depictions of psychotherapy in cinema to debunk myths and misconceptions about the field of psychology.