My Approach to Helping
I offer a warm, supportive, comfortable environment where you can feel free to open up and discover your own hidden strengths. I believe that each individual has their own wisdom, and my job is to walk alongside, ask questions, listen and support you to find and build your resilience. Whether you are having trouble getting out of bed each day, can't seem to get along with the people in your life, or are going through trauma and change, I can help. With over two decades of working with individuals of all ages, I can offer you the tools and techniques to help you overcome and thrive in your life.
I also have the professional psychometric tools to help youth uncover their strengths and skills to help them make informed choices about their world after post-secondary. Having worked within the secondary school system for over two decades, I have helped to guide many, many students to scholarships and placements in the schools of their choice.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
I have had extensive experience in using Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) with individuals who are struggling with anxiety and depression. Over the course of my 25 year career, I have seen a dramatic increase in the levels of stress, anxiety and depression among youth. In general, this generation of adolescents are dealing with clinical levels of anxiety. In fact, clinically diagnosed anxiety is the leading mental health diagnosis in children, youth and adults across Canada.
What I Usually Need to Know to Help
I usually need to know that you are committed to making a change in your life. Wanting to change is the first step towards help and wholeness. When we begin the therapy process, I find it helpful to know about your family, as I believe we all develop our core beliefs within the family system.
On the Fence About Going to Therapy?
Are you trying to decide whether to spend "good money" on talking to a Counsellor? I have been in that position myself, wondering what therapy might offer. After having seen my own therapist, and going through two years of training to become a therapist, I can now see the benefit. Therapy can offer an honest, objective look at your struggles, and provide individualized insight and support. Reading self-help books is great, but having a trusted, confidential relationship with someone who can help you look at the trouble spots in your life is invaluable. I can provide you with techniques and support to help you find a better life.