I offer individual psychotherapy to adolescents and adults over 15 years of age. Individual therapy is not pre-determined, it is focused on your unique needs and goals. I begin treatment by discussing your goals for counselling and we develop a plan together to best address your needs.
I work with the following issues
that may bring you to therapy
- PTSD and trauma including
- Recent traumatic experience
- Childhood abuse and trauma
- Experiences of abuse and violence
- Working with Veterans and emergency responders
- Organizational stress and burn out
- Grief and loss
- Panic Disorder
- Fears & Phobias
- Low Self Esteem
- Impact of Infertility
- Relationship Concerns
- Pain & Health Concerns
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Individual therapy begins with learning about your history and life experiences and establishing goals to accomplish in counselling. Then, we work together to choose the best therapeutic method for your needs and comfort.
The approaches I use include therapies that are attachment, psychodynamic, mindfulness and somatic (body) based. In addition, I provide specialized services through EMDR therapy and clinical hypnotherapy.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been proven effective for the treatment of trauma and many other mental health problems. It has gained recognition from organizations such as the World Health Organization, the US Department of Defence and the American Psychiatric Association. EMDR functions a bit like Rapid Eye Movement cycle that occurs during sleep which helps with memory processing and storage. EMDR is done while you’re awake and is facilitated by a trained therapist who uses an empirically validated protocol to ensure the treatment’s efficiency and effectiveness.
EMDR is based on the theory that the brain is hard-wired for our survival. However, sometimes memory storage is blocked by trauma and/or unmet developmental needs. EMDR can help desensitize and reintegrate memories in order to get the brain’s own healing process back on track. The goal is not to forget memories but to have peace with them; to get comfortable with the present and confident in the future.
Clients often say things like, “That was terrible, but it is over”, “I can see the event but it feels far away and I feel safe”, or “There’s more to me than that experience”. EMDR has the ability to change the effects of trauma and through it your relationship with the traumatic experience.
Hypnotherapy is an efficient, safe and modern treatment that addresses many problems. Through hypnosis, clients have addressed and tackled fears, phobias and worries and become more confident in their social and professional spheres. Hypnosis has also helped them change the way they deal with stress-inducing situations, allowing them to re-think old habits and behaviour, turn procrastination into motivation, sleep better, reduce stress and gain better focus for work and study.
Hypnosis reduces or eliminates the activity of the conscious mind, calms the nervous system, and allows the benefits of a relaxed, focused state to come to the surface. In hypnosis there is an enhanced ability to:
• Access deep self-knowledge and wisdom
• Step out of a negative thought pattern or perspective
• See a more positive perspective, to embody hope, to
release attachment to outcome, and to forgive
• Revisit and reinterpret memories from the past in a
broader, more supportive context
• Reveal emotions that may be associated with and
causing psychosomatic illness
It works a lot like meditation, which is a focused and calm state of the mind. However, while meditation seeks to clear the mind, hypnosis uses the power of this state to create change. In clinical hypnosis, you are in complete control of the process. You’ll find clinical hypnosis to be an extremely effective and gentle, healing tool for change. Additionally, you can record the session in order to continue your healing at home doing self-hypnosis.
I practice couples therapy from an emotion-focused and attachment based approach. I help you and your partner learn about the negative cycles in your relationship and explore where they started. I believe that if we can connect to our own emotions and emotional triggers, then we can better connect to our partner’s experience as well. Most fundamentally, emotions tell us what is important to us in a situation and thus act as a guide to what we need or want. It is through this process that change is created. Learning about emotions is not enough; instead, what is needed is for therapy to help you experience those emotions as they arise in the safety of the therapy session, where you can discover greater awareness and more flexible management of emotions.
I will help you to reclaim your own disowned experiences from your past to create changes in your relationship. In this process, it is not that you will simply discover things you did not know but that you become aware and experience aspects of yourself they have not been yet felt or may have previously disclaimed, dismissed, or pushed away.
Based on emotion, attachment, and growth theory, I can help you and your partner identify which of your emotions you can trust and rely on and which of your emotions are effects of painful memories. By doing this, you and your partner can reclaim your relationship and create a new foundation of trust and collaboration.
Contact me if you are interested in hearing more about the process of couples therapy.