My Approach to Helping
Have you been feeling overwhelmed lately by your emotions and life demands? Do you sometimes feel like you have exhausted your coping resources and no longer know how to move forward? If so, do not worry or judge yourself. We have all felt like this at some point in our lives. Let me introduce myself: I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) and am extremely passionate about the counselling process due to building a strong and trusting bond with my clients. I work from a supportive, curious, and nonjudgmental stance, focusing on strengths and resources that lead to positive change and growth.
If you are somebody who is struggling with life demands, you are not alone. Everybody experiences hardships at some point in their lives. Working through difficulties can be challenging when we feel stuck or hopeless. In working together, my aim for you is to provide a safe and nonjudgmental environment to share fears, concerns, and hardships that are preventing you from leading the type of life that you desire. My aim for you is to gain renewed hope for an improved future by facing challenges that would normally cause avoidance or stress. Since each person's history and experiences of hardships is unique, we will collaboratively establish a treatment plan that is personally meaningful and that meets your needs and life goals.
More Info About My Practice
I offer counselling services to children, adolescents, and adults in the areas of depression, anxiety, grief and loss, self-esteem, addictions, stress management, trauma, ADHD, and eating disorders. I also offer counselling services to couples and am trained in Gottman Method Couples Therapy, which is considered the Gold Standard for treatment.
I am in private practice and work largely with mindfulness and cognitive behavioural approaches. I have also been trained in various therapy models in order to meet the needs of a diverse clientele. For a detailed description of each of these models feel free to visit my website and click on the following section: Therapy Models. The therapy models that you will find on my website are Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Emotion-Focused Therapy, all of which I have formal training in. If interested feel free to call me. I am listening....It is never too late for change and growth.
What I Say to People Concerned about the Therapy Process
You are not alone in having reservations about the therapeutic process. Depending on your cultural background, social circle, and other factors, therapy is sometimes stigmatized. In order to help you better understand the factors involved in therapy, I have provided a brief description below in order to help you make an informed decision:
Therapy gives you an opportunity to explore your issues in-depth. Together we will determine which factors in your life have lead you to where you are today, which parts are adaptive and maladaptive, and what needs to happen in order to help you live a more satisfying and fulfilling life. We also talk about the type of coping strategies that have worked for you in the past and what you could do in order to continue incorporating helpful coping styles into your life. Depending on your concern, we also explore a wide range of strategies that may help to alleviate your symptoms presently as well as in the future if new concerns arise.
When people find a therapist that they connect with, therapy has many benefits. Some of the benefits that have been empirically validated by research include increased coping skills, happier relationships toward self and others, greater self-acceptance, decreased anxiety, enhanced social skills, improvement in boundary setting, and improvement in emotion regulation. Additionally, when people experience the benefits of therapy, they are more able to contribute to the world in beneficial ways.