“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.” (Carl Rogers)
Acceptance, compassion, and nonjudgmental awareness are at the heart of my approach to counselling individuals. From the space of unconditional acceptance, we will work together to clarify goals that matter to you. With me, counselling follows your agenda and I will regularly check in with you to ensure that we are headed in a direction that works for you. This is called a Common Factors approach to counselling and represents the foundation of my work.
In addition to emphasizing our relationship, I draw on various theories to understand the challenges my clients are experiencing. For example incorporate attachment theory, cognitive theories and existential theory, and findings from neuro-psychology to clarify problems and highlight solutions.
Whether it’s racing thoughts, chronic worry, shaky hands, or a pounding heart, anxiety can take away from our ability to enjoy life and take pleasure in daily experiences. Anxiety can show up in many ways and negatively impact our feelings, thoughts, physiology and relationships. The good news is that therapy can be an excellent opportunity to learn new ways of being that incorporate a greater sense of peace and calm. When supporting clients who struggle with anxiety, I draw on a variety of therapeutic approaches, including skill development, cognitive therapy, and mindfulness training.
Experiencing trauma, whether in childhood or through upsetting events later in life, can have a lasting impact on many aspects of our wellbeing. The process of healing after trauma is unique to each person, though I keep in mind a broad framework of phases. First, I support individuals to strengthen their ability to effectively cope with difficult emotions, then we work together to process and integrate traumatic memories. Lastly, we strive to restore a sense of connection to community and to find meaning in personal activities. By working together in a safe space, we can use therapy as an opportunity to move beyond hurt and into a place of acceptance and healing. Additionally, I am trained in the use of EMDR and often incorporate this intervention when supporting clients who have trauma histories.