Individual Counselling

Counselling Approach

I offer a caring, safe place where you can openly share about what is troubling you and find unconditional acceptance and  support.   


I do my best to understand the nature of the problem and offer understanding, compassion, and guidance. I work with you to learn helpful ways of understanding, coping and responding to situations.  This may include exploring common patterns, providing feedback, teaching problem-solving strategies, practicing new skills, or suggesting helpful resources.   


I have been trained in a number of treatment approaches. I explain helpful elements of various therapeutic approaches and together we design a plan that you feel fits for you.


Problems and symptoms are connected with the physical, mental, social, emotional and spiritual aspects of who we are.  However, we only work on the areas you feel ready to work on. 


I offer spiritual support from a Christian perspective for those interested.

Individual Counselling

My primary area of interest & experience is providing one-on-one support for clients seeking  hope, healing, and resolution in the following areas:


  • Trauma, Anxiety and PTSD
  • Overwhelming Emotions
  • Coping & Problem Solving
  • Relationship Challenges
  • Boundaries & Communication
  • Control Issues
  • Self-Worth
  • Spirituality

Limitations of Therapy

The goal of therapy is to establish a genuine, caring and safe professional relationship where healing, growth and the changes you would like to see can take place.  

My role is to help you to navigate through problems, but not solve them for you. 

Therapy may only account for one hour of your week.  This means in order to get the most out of our time together you will need to apply what you learn in session during the rest of your week.  This might include completing an activity, reading, or practicing new skills. Practicing new skills can seem challenging at times, but with commitment and practice, I hope you will enjoy successful outcomes.     

Qualifications

Education/Certification

  • Master's Degree in Counselling: Briercrest
  • Canadian Certified Counsellor: Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association
  • Associate Professional Counsellor: Professional Association of Christian Counsellors and Psychotherapists

MEMBERSHIPS


  • EMDR Canada
  • EMDR International 
  • International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Specialized Training

  •  Trauma
    • EMDR  (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
    • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (TF-CBT) 
    • Cognitive-Processing Therapy (CPT)
    • Partners of Sex Addicts (AASAT)
  • Relationships
    • Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)
    • Gottman: Emotion Coaching, The Heart of Parenting
  • Obsessions & Compulsions
    • Genesis Process: Relapse Prevention for Addictive/Compulsive Behaviours
  • Motivational Change
  • Suicide prevention: ASSIST

Additional Training

  •  EMDR for:
    • Obsessions/Compulsions
    • Panic/Fear/Phobias
    • Complex Attachment Trauma (childhood bonding injury)
  • CBT for Anxiety
  • Regulating Emotions
  • The Connection Between Spirituality & Mental Health
  • Schema Therapy  (maladaptive core beliefs)
  • Sensorimotor/Somatic Therapy (when your brain is saying you are okay but your body and emotions don't feel that way)