We meet online using an end-to-end encrypted video software. Research indicates that virtual therapy is just as effective as in-person therapy – plus it is much more convenient as you can get the help you want in the setting you choose.
If webcams and being on video is not for you, we can have our sessions over the phone. Finding the communication medium that is most comfortable for you is just as important as the therapy itself because safety is key in counselling.
Collaboratively chosen progress markers, using empirically researched assessments, to ensure that you are achieving what you desire out of counselling. I ensure I am continuously adapting alongside you throughout your journey.
If you feel restless, constantly worry, or feel overwhelmed and/or frequently feel sad, hopeless, or purposeless. You find it hard to get motivated to do anything, even the things you used to enjoy. Or perhaps you feel stuck in a mode of constantly doing things but feel like you’re not getting anywhere. Anxiety and depression often occur together in alternating ways. One minute you may feel uncomfortably over-energized, tense, and unable to stop thinking and the next minute you may feel exhausted and have no drive to do anything. I can support you in becoming aware of how anxiety and/or depression impact you and learning which areas of your life these experiences affect you the most. By developing this awareness and utilizing some tools and strategies you can learn to gain a sense of control over these experiences and begin living the way you would like. Related Diagnoses/Issues: Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD); Social Anxiety; Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD); Major Depressive Disorder (MDD).
If you identify as a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) and/or an introvert (these are not the same but highly correlated). I can support you in understanding the way these traits create unique challenges in your life and support you to view them as your superpowers rather than limitations in your life and relationships. I frequently hear from clients how they feel overwhelmed by the many aspects of their environments. They often report being perceived by others as: too quiet, that they seem awkward, or that they are shy and inhibited. I can help you understand what makes you different, in empowering ways. By first learning more about why you are the way you are (there are clear biological and genetic reasons) you can learn to hone and develop your natural born skills and competencies. I can support you along the way in this process as I am an HSP as well and have worked through many of the above-mentioned difficulties.
If you feel numb or as though you are on ‘auto pilot’, experience distressing memories from past events, and feel a lack of control over your emotions, thoughts, and actions. If you have dealt with abuse in your life for a long time and would like to cope with the ways that the past impinges on the present. You may feel ‘crazy’ or that others don’t understand what you’re going through. Perhaps you feel a lot of shame and guilt. I can support you with understanding the impact trauma has had in your life, forgiving yourself, and creating new positive experiences and relationships, especially with yourself. Related Diagnoses/Issues: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD); Acute Stress Disorder (ASD); Developmental Trauma.
If you have been involved in an automobile accident or other accident in which ICBC is providing financial support for you to see a counsellor. It may be difficult to move forward in life given the increased number of appointments you need to attend (physiotherapy, chiropractor, massage, doctors, etc.) and the impact that the accident and resultant injury has on you. Accidents often result in physical, cognitive, emotional, financial, logistical, and relational difficulties. Trauma, as a result of accidents, can be responsible for a lot of the difficulties that arise after an accident. You may feel like a different person and struggle with making sense of your life and your new sense of self. Counselling can be so important to help resolve any traumatic energies stored in your body, understand and learn about how all aspects of your life are impacted by the accident, and most importantly learn new skills to accommodate the newly acquired difficulties as a result of the accident and injury. I direct bill to ICBC for all counselling related services.
If you feel unfulfilled in your current life, have experienced setbacks and want to start fresh, or desire to adjust to your current life more adaptively. Perhaps you have experienced a breakup or job loss or desire to make a big change in the direction your life is going but are feeling uncertain whether it’s a good idea or the right time. Perhaps change is scary. Maybe you don’t believe you will feel any different once making the transition and thus tend to repeat similar patterns that involve self-neglect or difficulty in acknowledging your need for something different. I can support you with understanding your true desires and needs, in recognizing patterns that have developed which prevent positive movement forward in life, and help you develop new goals and imagined futures to aid you in adjusting and thriving in the new life after transitioning. Related Concerns: Grief/Loss; Relationship Struggles.
If you frequently feel angry or frustrated. Others tell you that they find it difficult to communicate with you. Or if you struggle to understand your own emotions, desires, and needs, and find it hard to express yourself and set boundaries in an assertive manner. You may feel that you tend to ‘bottle up’ your emotions for fear of the consequences of expressing them to others. Perhaps it’s difficult to acknowledge that the things that annoy you are valid reasons to be upset and thus keep your feelings to yourself only to have them come out in a moment of anger/rage. I can support you to understand your emotions, particularly anger, in a more nuanced and in-depth way. By understanding your emotions you can start to recognize them and use them as tools, rather than perceive them as hindrances or limitations. Related Diagnoses/Issues: Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED); Impulse-Control Issues.
If you experience difficulty concentrating, feeling overwhelmed, have trouble relaxing, and/or are constantly thinking about what’s next rather than what is right now – trouble staying in the present moment. Perhaps it is difficult to stay still and enjoy the fruits of your labour. You may be constantly feeling defeated and powerless. I can support you to understand the reasons why you feel stressed and can work with you to develop strategies to decrease the frequency and intensity of stress in your life, as well as increase your ability to relax and enjoy the parts of your life that matter most to you.
If you feel unsure about what it means to be a man in society these days. Perhaps you feel overwhelmed with not knowing who you are or how you want to be. The world is changing so quickly yet the social rules around what is expected of a man seem to be clouded and it can be difficult to navigate the social world with these varying and conflicting messages and expectations. Navigating relationships and learning to communicate effectively, from an emotional standpoint, can be difficult to do without feeling inferior, weak, or ‘unmanly.’ I can support you in finding and understanding what is most important for you in your life and how to go about approaching your desires and needs in an effective and coherent manner, all the while staying true to your core values and morals.
- Adults 19+
- Post-Secondary Students
- Varsity Team Players
- Individuals Diagnosed with Cancer
- New Parents
- Male-identified HSP’s and Introverts
- Individuals with Substance Use Issues
- Individuals with Acquired Brain Injuries (ABI)
- Construction/Trades Workers
- Individuals with Diverse Cognitive and Physical Abilities
Types of Therapy
Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Compassion-Based Techniques (i.e., MSC, CFT)
Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT)
Mindfulness-Based Techniques (i.e., MBSR)
Motivational Interviewing (MI)
Neuroscience Informed Techniques/Therapies
Solutions-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT)
- The Neurobiology of Trauma (Online), NICABM
- Two-Day Immersion Seminar: Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP), R. Cassidy Seminars
- Indigenous Cultural Safety Training (Online), PHSA BC
- Connecting Career Development and Mental Health Workshop, Life-Role Development Group Ltd.
- Certified Anger Management Treatment Professional: 2-Day Certification Course (Online), PESI
- Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors: Transformational Approaches to Treating Complex Trauma (online), PESI – Janina Fisher, PhD.
- Dr. Sue Johnson’s Intensive Course in Emotionally Focused Therapy: Attachment-Based Interventions for Couples in Crisis (Online), PESI