My services are free to hospital staff not covered by an EFAP plan. Fees are negotiable for those experiencing financial difficulty because of the quarantine.
I am available by telephone or online via Zoom. Instructions for Zoom are available on my website under "Book now."
I counsel individuals and couples on a variety of concerns, and my specialty is trauma, especially sexual abuse and sexual assault. My research on the subject has been published in major psychology journals, most recently an invited article in the prestigious journal Self & Society.
I started helping people deal with life problems as a hospital chaplain intern in 2006. After serving as Jewish chaplain at the University of Calgary, I became the interfaith Resident Chaplain for the Emergency, Intensive Care, and Burn Units at Calgary Foothills Hospital. During this time, I recognized my ability to connect with patients and families at the most difficult times of their lives, and I decided to pursue a career in counselling.
After receiving my master's degree in Counselling Psychology in 2013, I worked as a Registered Clinical Counsellor in BC before moving to Ontario, where I am a Registered Psychotherapist.
I have a person-centred approach, trying to understand your situation as if it were my own. I want you to feel truly heard. I also use the techniques of cognitive-behavioural therapy to address painful thoughts and feelings. Underneath them are toxic messages you are often unaware of, like "I'm such a failure," or "I'm unlovable," or "it's hopeless." We'll use the techniques of cognitive-behavioural therapy to challenge and overcome them. I won’t pressure you to revisit past trauma: The aim of trauma therapy is to stop you revisiting the past!
I teach the techniques of mindfulness if you've been struggling with addiction, PTSD, or repeated bouts of depression. It's a proven tool that can cut your chance of relapse in half.
At every step, I'll do my utmost to make you feel safe and supported.
In working with couples, I use an emotionally-focused approach. I don't care who's "right" and who's "wrong." I care about the fact that you're both hurting. I can help you see that your own hurt causes you to lash out or retreat, that you love your partner even when you're arguing (or are silent), that acknowledging this hurt and this love gives you a new way to relate, and that seeing each other's hurt and love leads you from blaming to understanding to caring. This is especially true if there has been an affair.
Choosing a therapist is one of the most important decisions you will make. Please phone or email me if you have questions.
(Photo courtesy: Norm Wolf, Chinook Photography)
Russell Stagg ReachesLondon ON