How I Work
Individual and Couples Therapy
My Philosophy and Counselling Style
When you’ve been struggling for a while and haven’t been able to turn your life around, deciding to see a therapist takes courage.
It takes getting to the point where you’re fed up with suffering.
It takes a readiness and commitment to do whatever it takes to have a more fulfilling life.
The answers to your problems are inside of you. My role in therapy is to empower you to fully realize that you’re the expert in your life. You will determine the direction and your goals for therapy.
If you’re discouraged and doubt your ability to make changes in your life, I will encourage and support you until you have a sense that “I CAN do this”.
I act as a guide as you work towards overcoming pain and the obstacles that are preventing you from having the life you want. I will support you in healing, getting clear on what you want, and provide you with the skills and tools to achieve the goals you set for yourself.
I create a safe, supportive environment in a non-judgmental manner. My clients often tell me that they can share anything with me without reservation or judgment, and that I am one of the few people in their lives who “gets them.”
My approach is eclectic. I pull from a variety of therapy modalities depending on what works best for you. You and your problems are unique and therefore require a customized approach. I adapt my style and methods according to what works best for you.
A Trauma-Informed Approach
Many of my clients have had difficult or traumatic life experiences that are at the root of their problems. Whether you struggle with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, or ongoing relationship troubles, these issues are often related to a traumatic background.
Because of this, much of my work focuses on healing trauma that is stuck in the nervous system. Once the trauma is released, there is greater freedom to move forward in your life.
Specific Techniques Used in Therapy
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
CBT is a widely utilized counselling tool that helps you examine and overcome negative thoughts and beliefs that are holding you back. It is backed by solid research showing its effectiveness in helping to develop a more positive narrative about yourself and your life.
Solution-focused therapy focuses directly on your current problems and helps you set goals for solving them. It places emphasis on what you want your future to look like and enables you to create a plan to arrive there.
Mindfulness, also a widely used method of therapy, helps calm your body and your mind, which enables you to become stronger to deal with the stresses of your life.
With regular practice, mindfulness has been shown to permanently re-wire your brain. It trains your brain to be less reactive and helps you have more control over your emotions, thoughts, and behaviours.
Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)
EFT has become one of the most popular and well-researched methods of couples therapy. EFT helps couples build a stronger emotional connection with one another.
This, in turn, helps strengthen the relationship to solve problems, re-build trust, and commitment. EFT essentially re-builds the foundation of the relationship.
Satir Transformational Systemic Therapy
The Satir Method of therapy focuses on improving your perceptions, expectations, emotions, and behaviours within yourself and in the family unit. The goal of Satir Therapy is to maximize your growth and to live your true potential.
Assessing Your Progress in Therapy
I strive to go above and beyond my clients’ expectations. I frequently check-in with you to get feedback on how you’re progressing in therapy.
I use a session rating scale at the end of the session to assess your progress. This is a simple scale that takes only a few minutes to complete.
These scales help both of us determine the best way forward in subsequent sessions. They are shown to improve and speed up progress in therapy because they help therapists become increasingly effective at meeting each clients’ unique needs.