I am a counsellor with an M.Ed. Psych and more than 20 years experience in the counselling field. I offer counselling and coaching services to individuals and couples in-person and over the phone. I collaborate with clients to help them resolve, re-think or strategize to overcome hurdles that are interfering with their goals and life satisfaction while using a wide range of tools and techniques to help people move forward as quickly as possible. I provide support and explore solutions to assist with issues arising in relationships, work and other areas of stress.
My approach is solution focused and proactive. Working as a team, we try to gain biographical insight and confront obstacles to change and develop skills, which will lead to confident decision making and lasting solutions. My work is characterized by insight, compassion, honesty and collaboration. I try to be straightforward without being harsh, and encouraging without applying pressure.
I work with individuals undergoing various personal challenges such as dating and relationship dilemmas, work issues, break ups or divorce, quarter and mid life crises, depression, anxiety, stress and much more.
I have a diverse background and am skilled in working with individuals and couples. I use a wide array of empirically supported approaches in my work including but not limited to MBCT, EMDR, T.E.A.M., Mindfulness, and CBT.
These approaches have been proven to be effective in a variety of studies, and are both safe and efficient.
MBCT combines mindfulness techniques like meditation and breathing with cognitive therapy to help break negative thought patterns and prevent relapse. MBCT teaches people to pay attention to the present moment, rather than worrying about the past or the future, and to let go of negative thoughts.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. Repeated studies show that by using EMDR people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference.
CBT looks at how we think about a situation and how this affects the way we feel and act. In turn, our actions can affect how we think and feel. The therapist and client work together in changing the client’s behaviours, or their thinking patterns, or both of these.