Deborah Fung Counselling
Deborah Fung, MA, RCC | Langley and Fraser Valley

deborah fung counselling | theoretical approaches

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an eclectic approach

One size certainly does not fit all.

Theoretical approaches found to be both effective and reliable in research and clinical experience are flexibly integrated to suit your needs. Your therapeutic experience will feel custom to you.

You can expect techniques and strategies from these approaches:

1. narrative therapy

Narrative Therapy utilizes the power of language, perspective, and discourse while underscoring the influence of the dominant story line in one’s life on one’s thoughts and behaviours. In our process, this means the stories you tell about your life are your biggest resource for change. By exploring the currently (alternative) less-dominant stories, your view on your present “problems” can start to shift and possibilities for change become more apparent—along with your ability to make these changes.


2. somatic experience & mindfulness based approaches

Somatic Experiencing Therapy and Mindfulness-Based Approaches promote awareness and connection with the realm of critical information made available to us through our bodily and physiological sensations, as these are understood to be inextricably linked with our emotional and psychological worlds.  In cases involving symptoms of physical pain and discomfort (i.e. PTSD, Sexual Assault Related Traumas, Addictions, etc.), this link between our mental and physical states is most apparent. In our work, I help you overcome mental and physical distress related to difficult events, feelings and emotions by enhancing your awareness, understanding, and ability to process the physiological responses you experience. 


3. emotion focused therapy

Emotion Focused Therapy seeks to connect the individual with his or her deepest, most honest feelings in order to better understand the motivations behind behaviours for oneself, and additionally, to more effectively express them in relationships with others. In our counselling sessions, you learn to more effectively tune into and observe your varied emotional experiences, which in turn improves your ability to self-regulate emotional responses in order to deepen your relationship with yourself and others. 


4. solution focused (brief)
therapy

Solution Focused (Brief) Therapy focuses on concise goals and short-term oriented methods to achieve solutions.  We collaborate to: identify goals, look at previously successful solutions, explore recent examples of exceptions to problems, build on currently effective coping skills, and work towards a defined end.  


5. dialectical behaviour therapy

 

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is a form of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy which is strengths-based, cognition-focused and emphasizes improvements to psychosocial aspects of an individual’s life.  We seek to strengthen skills intended to improve your interpersonal effectiveness with others. This may include assertiveness training, mindfulness training, developing greater distress tolerance and more.


Do you have questions specific to your situation or want to get a better idea of what to expect in counselling? Let’s chat so you can feel fully confident about our work together.