Areas of Focus:
Family of Origin
Grief and Loss
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
Emotionally Focused Therapy (Level 1)
I also draw on insights from Transformational Systemic Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Existential Therapy.
CAP (Congregational Assistance Plan)
$100 - $125.
Receipt provided for insurance reimbursement.
Credit cards accepted.
Sliding scale available if needed.
Evening hours available.
People choose to seek out individual counselling for many different reasons. Whether you are feeling anxious, depressed, grieving a loss, experiencing a life transition, etc., individual counseling can help to foster hope, insight and provide practical strategies for change. It’s important to recognize you cannot change others, you can only work on change within yourself. It is empowering to know you hold the keys to making internal shifts and changes. Counseling can help to facilitate hope and inner change. Virginia Satir, (American author and psychotherapist) writes, “Change is possible. Believe it. Hope is a significant component or ingredient for change.”
Couples who come for counselling commonly say poor communication is the reason for the breakdown in their relationship. However, poor communication is an indication of a deeper, underlying issue that affects healthy communication. Unresolved hurts between people create rifts. When there is a rift in the relationship, communication can become defensive and reactive which results in intimacy and trust disappearing. I bring both expertise and experience into our counseling session. I am hopeful for relationships. I believe when both partners are committed to change; intimacy, trust and love can again thrive.
Maya Angelou writes, "the ache for home lives in all of us; the safe place where we can go,"....... yet for many of us, family dynamics feel confusing. Families develop their own communication and behavioural patterns that may not feel safe or affirming. Our family of origin experiences profoundly impact our adult choices and relationships. If you and a family member would like to explore your relational dynamic, counseling can offer a therapeutic space with a neutral perspective resulting in potentially new and healthier ways of relating and connecting.
Moving Into Older Adult Years
Did you know that in Canada, for the first time in our history, we have a slightly larger senior population than children under the age of 15 years? Our later years have been coined the “golden years” but for many older adults, this can be far from the truth. Are you someone who feels uncomfortable and confused because of the way you are being treated by family members or caregivers? Perhaps you feel pressured to make financial decisions not in your best interest. You may find it difficult to discuss these issues and other concerns with family members or acquaintances in your social circles. I have worked with older adults both in psycho-educational groups and individually. Together we can explore your relationship dynamics and explore possible community resources. (Elder Abuse Response Team)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
EMDR was developed by Francine Shapiro in 1989. EMDR is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma and many other mental health problems. (emdrcanada.org)