I am dedicated to maintaining a work-life balance that encompasses family,
outdoor sport and recreational pursuits, volunteer work, and coaching.
I value and consistently
invest time and energy into
ongoing professional development, and the fostering of close interpersonal
relationships. These things, I believe, are fundamental to a healthy and
have a Bachelor of Human Kinetics and Master of Science degrees at the University
of British Columbia. My focus during this time was the psychology of learning,
skill acquisition, and human behavior. I was also a varsity Cross-country Ski
team athlete, coach, and team manager during my time at UBC. I was awarded
Academic and Athletic All-Canadian awards for his commitment to academic and
athletic excellence. My lifelong interest in sport and high performance
mindsets took me to Australia where I completed my Doctorate in Psychology.
Areas of Practice:
am passionate about working with people to help them achieve their maximum
potential. This holds true for individuals struggling with mental health issues
(e.g., anxiety, depression, or grief and loss), chronic health issues (e.g.,
chronic pain, illness, and injury), and top performers (e.g., sports people,
performing artists, executives, and entrepreneurs).
My practice spans three areas: (1) general mental
health, (2) chronic pain, chronic illness, & injury rehabilitation, (3)
Sport and Performance psychology.
My preference is to practice using a combination
of Psychodynamic, Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy, and Mindfulness Based
cognitive Therapy perspectives. I believe that an integration of these
techniques facilitates early progress within a counselling relationship while
creating an environment where clients feel comfortable to examine the origin of
their concerns. When appropriate, I also use Ego-state therapy to address
issues around deep inner-personal conflict or grief and loss (please see my personal webpage for a description of this therapy). Finally, I also use psychometric tests
to further investigate issues and to help my clients understand and address a
variety of psychological concerns.
At all times I strive to engage with people with a sense of curiosity and
empathy to understand their concerns and then engage collectively with them to
work through the concerns they express.
I grew up in North
Vancouver where I was involved in competitive sport from a young age. I have both
coached and competed at national and international levels; and in 1990, I
represented Canada at the Triathlon World Championships. I chose to combine my
interests in sport and psychology throughout my education. My wife and I moved
to Melbourne Australia in 2002 so I could continue my education and
professional development. In 2009 my family returned home to the North Shore. I
am excited to be building a practice and working in the community that I have
grown up and thrived in for much of my life. I continue to be passionate about
compete and participate enthusiastically in a
variety of sports—particularly high-risk sports where I get to explore issues
around fear, courage, and mental focus.