I believe that most people can benefit from counselling. From time to time, everyone struggles. Sometimes the difficulties we are dealing with are too difficult to work through on our own. Choosing to work with someone may help you see things in a different way, learn new approaches, and possible solutions to your issues. It is very important for you to find someone to work with that is a good fit – someone that is warm and approachable, and understands your struggles and goals.
I have worked with adult clients providing assessment and treatment for over 10 years. My philosophy toward the work I do is that people can change, but it is hard work! I believe that each client is the expert of themselves, so I will never assume I know best, or tell someone what they must do. Instead, I believe in a collaborative approach, one in which we explore your difficulties, and work together at finding solutions. My goal is to create a strong therapeutic relationship, by offering a warm and trusting environment for us to work together.
I believe in using scientifically-supported techniques to work toward reducing your symptoms. My primary approach is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) which is an evidence-based treatment. One of the central ideas of CBT is that our thoughts, behaviours and feelings influence each other. CBT focuses on your feelings and changing how you think (the Cognitive part) and what you do (the Behavioural part). The CBT model focuses on the present, by working on what is maintaining the problem and difficulties, rather than focusing on the past.
When appropriate, I also use skills from other evidence-based approaches, such as Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, and Mindfulness.