my practice and my passion
My counselling approach
Through establishing an unconditionally accepting and trusting relationship with you, I seek to see the world through your eyes. I seek to understand your personal story and unique circumstances, your strengths, your emotional attachments, how you presently feel in your body, and the solutions you hope to find.
My clinical judgement, techniques and strategies are informed by research based evidence, but first and foremost your individuality is the driver in our therapeutic process. Think of it this way: as we journey, you take the lead and I walk alongside you to bridge the gaps and clarify the path.
In our work together, you will most prominently notice features of Narrative Therapy, Somatic Experiencing Therapy and Mindfulness Based Approaches. Depending on your personal needs and counselling goals, Emotion Focused Therapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy techniques and strategies are also utilized.
Below, I explain these theoretical foundations in greater detail.
Theory in real practice
My calling to practice therapy began at a young age as a thirst to draw stories out of the adults around me and has since transformed into a passion to uncover the powerful resources held within the life stories I hear. Because of this, my practice is strongly influenced by the principles and techniques of Narrative Therapy, which utilizes the power of language, perspective, and discourse while underscoring the immense influence of the dominant story line on the human mind and behaviours. In translation: I help you overcome your struggles by empowering you to use your life stories as your biggest resource for change. In exploring the different stories in your life, your view on your “problems” shift and you begin to see the possibilities for change as well as your abilities to do so!
But that’s not all.
In my history of experiences helping individuals with issues involving pain in the physical body (i.e. post-traumatic stress disorder, sexual-assault related traumas, addictions, etc.) I cannot deny the inextricable link between the human mind and the human body. In most cases, I have witnessed that tuning into perceived bodily sensations helps individuals affect their mind in a very powerful way. Thus, I often use tools and strategies provided by Somatic Experiencing Therapy and Mindfulness-Based Approaches, allowing us to connect with the realm of critical information available through bodily, physiological sensations. In translation: I help you overcome painful events, feelings and emotions by enhancing your awareness, understanding, and ability to process the sensations that occur alongside them, utilizing your body's own physiological responses as a critical resource towards improving your mental health.
And that’s (still) not all.
Because your preferences and unique circumstances lead our process, I employ an Eclectic Approach above all, which means that I flexibly integrate techniques and strategies from various therapeutic approaches that have demonstrated effectiveness and reliability in both research and clinical experience to best suit your needs. Therefore, in addition to Narrative, Somatic Experiencing, and Mindfulness-Based approaches, my therapeutic approach is informed by:
Emotion Focused Therapy: Based on the theory of Attachment, this therapy approach involves connecting with your deepest and most honest feelings in order to better understand them and more effectively express them in relationships with others. Through accepting your emotional experiences, ultimately we are able to transform them, develop more adaptive patterns and deepen relationships.
Solution Focused (Brief) Therapy: It is not uncommon for clients to want focus placed on concrete goals and short-term oriented methods to achieve solutions. We will identify concise realistic goals, look at previous solutions, recent examples of exceptions to problems, currently effective means of coping, and go from there.
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT): This form of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) closely examines psychosocial aspects of one's life and seeks to develop self management and coping skills (i.e. mindfulness, distress tolerance, etc.). DBT allows us to target emotional responses to situations, physiological levels of arousal and effectiveness in interpersonal relationships.