I've recently relocated to London, ON, and I'm accepting new clients. (I'm also registered in BC.) If finances are an issue, my fee will be based on ability to pay.
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. (Please contact me or visit my website to find out my thoughts on EMDR.)
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.
If you've been struggling with addiction, PTSD, or repeated bouts of depression, we'll use the techniques of mindfulness, 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.
I've been dealing with people's problems since 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. In 2013, I received my master's degree in Counselling Psychology, and worked as a Registered Clinical Counsellor in BC for five years. I am now qualifying as a Registered Psychotherapist in Ontario.
Although most of those I counsel come from my area, I have had people come from hours away. I have also counselled people online from work camps, fishing boats, and other remote locations.
Choosing a therapist is one of the most important decisions you will make. Please phone or email me if you have questions.