My Approach

What to expect in session

Your time in session is all about you. I am aligned with getting you to where you want to be and how you want to feel in life at your speed. 

I support clients in pinpointing what is and is not building them up in life, in uncovering aspects of themselves that they did not know were there or that have been temporarily hidden, in defining what is the best version of themselves and how to walk towards that future version. 

I believe that clients can create a new narrative about who they are and to hear that voice above all others. 

I believe that we have more power and control in our lives than we believe and once we step into that awareness that surprising changes can happen.

I believe that sometimes we get caught up in how other people see us due to the story that has been told about us. 

I believe in learning to accept that sometimes we will not always meet other people’s expectations and that’s ok. Sometimes standing up for ourselves and exercising our boundaries creates some discomfort but with that discomfort, ironically feeling like the version of ourselves that we want to be can emerge. 

I believe that clients are the experts in their lives and that my role is of a guide who presents different ideas and tools that clients are free to try at the rate that works for them. I also do not ‘assign’ homework or have any expectations about whether or not clients use the resources that I present. I trust that clients will know if something is worth their time and attention.

I tell my clients, time is precious, time is money. Clients get to talk about whatever they want to focus on during our time together and are welcome to interject at any point during our session if they want to switch topics. 

Learn more about my approaches

This approach to counselling focuses on what you want to achieve through therapy rather than dwelling on the problem(s) that made you seek help. As your counsellor, I use respectful curiosity to invite you to envision your preferred future and then work towards helping you achieve this.

It is often our perceptions of events that cause us discomfort and pain. Using a narrative therapy approach, as your therapist we work together with your “story” to explore, expand and alter its meaning so that you can be happier and more fulfilled.

Through being present and really hearing you, the goal of PCT is to provide you with an opportunity to develop a sense of yourself wherein you can realize how your attitudes, feelings and behaviour are being negatively affected and then make an effort to find your true positive potential.

EMDR is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches. To date, EMDR therapy has helped millions of people of all ages relieve many types of psychological stress. No one knows how any form of psychotherapy works neurobiologically or in the brain. However, we do know that when a person is very upset, their brain cannot process information as it does ordinarily. One moment becomes “frozen in time,” and remembering a trauma may feel as bad as going through it the first time because the images, sounds, smells, and feelings haven’t changed. Such memories have a lasting negative effect that interferes with the way a person sees the world and the way they relate to other people. EMDR seems to have a direct effect on the way that the brain processes information. Normal information processing is resumed, so following your EMDR sessions around a specific memory, a person no longer relives the images, sounds, and feelings when the event is brought to mind. You still remember what happened, but it is less upsetting. Many types of therapy have similar goals. However, EMDR appears to be similar to what occurs naturally during dreaming or REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. Therefore, EMDR can be thought of as a physiologically based therapy that helps a person see disturbing material in a new and less distressing way.

Hypnotherapy is an approach that uses hypnosis to aid in the treatment of specific symptoms or health conditions. Hypnotherapy works by inducing a hypnotic state marked by waking awareness that allows people to experience detached external attention and to focus on inner experiences.