Individual therapy is focused on your unique needs and goals.I never use the same plan twice! We begin our work together by discussing your goals for counselling and then we develop a plan together to best address your needs.
I specialize in the following issues that may bring you to therapy:
Trauma and Complex trauma including:
- Recent stress or trauma experience
- Childhood abuse and difficulties
- Relational trauma, abuse and violence
- Organizational stress and burn out including military personnel and veterans, first responders, and workplace injuries
- Grief and loss including death of a loved one, loss of a relationship, miscarriage and infertility
- Dissociation and Dissociative disorders
- Borderline Personality Disorder
Stress and emotion related conditions:
- Panic Disorder
- Fears & Phobias
- Low Self Esteem
- Relationship Concerns
- Pain & Health Concerns
Individual therapy begins with learning about your history and life experiences then establishing goals to accomplish in counselling. Our histories are the roots that can provide us with the foundation of strength and resilience. But, our histories also hold the stories that cause pain, insecurity and doubt. It is my belief that the best therapy comes from helping to heal the roots that cause those stuck points. Through this we can create lasting change.
I am trained in a number of different models that I have honed to meet the needs of my clients. The approaches I use include therapies that are emotion, ego-state, mindfulness and somatic (body) based. We will work together to choose the best therapeutic method for your needs and comfort.
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”. In this way, EMDR has the ability to change the effects of trauma and, through it, your relationship with the traumatic experience.
If you’re interested in EMDR or have further questions, contact me to determine if this may be a good fit for you.
Hypnotherapy is an efficient, safe and modern treatment that addresses many problems. Through hypnotherapy, clients have addressed and tackled fears, phobias and worries and become more confident in their social and professional spheres. Hypnotherapy 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.
I trained in hypnotherapy to assist my clients to overcome worries and avoidance habits that interfere with their ability to engage with their emotions, body sensations, and therapy. In doing hypnotherapy, I have found it also is helpful in assisting people to change their thoughts around negative habits and behaviours, such as with OCD or phobias.
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 hypnotherapy, you are in complete control of the process. One of the best parts of hypnotherapy is that I record the session and can then send it to my client so they may have access to the experience whenever they want.
If you’re interested in hypnotherapy or have further questions, contact me to determine if this may be a good fit for you.
VIRTUAL OR TELE-THERAPY
Do you prefer to meet online or by telephone?
Maybe you are in a remote area, or your travelling or daily commute that meeting in one place is difficult. Maybe you prefer meeting via distance due to pain, injury or because you’re immunocompromised. Or, maybe you’d just feel more comfortable meeting from the safety of your own environment.
Whatever the reason, I am happy to offer online or telephone services. I have training to ensure that virtual or telephone options are just as effective as in-person therapy. If you’re interested in virtual or telephone therapy or if you have have further questions, contact me to determine if this may be a good fit for you.