With credentials in three provinces, I am available to clients everywhere in Canada except Quebec. Please note I counsel clients by telephone or Zoom ONLY. I help with issues like depression, addiction, or relationship problems. Some of my clients have experienced bullying, domestic violence, or the trauma of leaving an abusive religion. I specialize in trauma, particularly sexual abuse and sexual assault.
My articles on trauma have been published in major psychology journals, including an invited article in the prestigious journal Self & Society. My research in various fields has been cited almost 2500 times.
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. I received my master's degree in Counselling Psychology in 2013. I am a Registered Psychotherapist in Ontario, a Licensed Counselling Therapist in New Brunswick, and a Clinical Counsellor in BC.
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 may also teach the techniques of mindfulness if you've been struggling with addiction, PTSD, or repeated bouts of depression. Used with caution, it can be a helpful tool.
At every step, I'll do my utmost to make you feel safe and supported.
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 ReachesSaint John NBLondon ON