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Therapist

My Approach

Here is a some info that will give you an idea of what to expect from therapy with me...

  • The first session will be an initial assessment interview where I'll get to know you as well as a bit about your history.  However, generally sessions will be present and future focused.  This means we don't have to spend hours talking about your childhood and past events.  Although I always leave it up to the client whether there are things from the past they want to discuss.  But going back to discussing early life events isn't always a necessity to make a difference in what you're experiencing now.

  • Therapy goals are initiated by the client, and we'll collaborate on creating your treatment plan.

  • Clients typically meet with me for 5-10 sessions, and frequency can be weekly, biweekly, monthly or whatever best suits your issues and needs.  I'm always happy to continue checking in with clients periodically.  You are free to adjust goals or set new hopes during the course of therapy and you can resume sessions at any point when new difficulties arise (when experiencing new stressors, due to relationship challenges, during life transitions, after a loss). 

  • I engage in regular clinical supervision to ensure my clients are receiving the best support possible.

  • I am open and flexible to a way of navigating therapy that feels most comfortable for you.  For some individuals this means having a regular safe, non-judgemental space to "get it out" and process thoughts and feelings.  Other times clients will talk less but can benefit from psycho-education, cognitive exercises, handouts and resources on topics related to their presenting issues. 

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  • I integrate several evidence-based approaches into my treatment plans, including solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT), cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT), dialectical-behaviour therapy (DBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), mindfulness-based therapy, and positive psychology.  Gottman and Emotion-Focused interventions are incorporated into couple therapy plans. 

  • For individuals interested in building connections with others, I will be offering 6-week group therapy programs beginning in Fall 2022.

  • Therapy doesn't only have to be about discussing your problems and the things that are going wrong.  I also like to help individuals and couples build on their strengths and things that are going right. 

  • We can work together on taking small gradual steps to living a happier life!

What is the difference between

Counselling versus Psychotherapy?

"The terms are often used interchangeably and synonymously but there is a slight and distinctive difference. Psychotherapy is often treatment based in response to a diagnosable mental health issue such as depression, bi-polar disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, adjustment disorder, etc. It is often in-depth and used in conjunction with psychotropic medication, but not necessarily. Counselling tends to be wellness oriented, providing increased insight and learning how to effectively overcome problems and challenges."

-Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association Blog 

https://www.ccpa-accp.ca/counselling-vs-psychotherapy/

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