my therapeutic approach premises on the belief that each client is the expert of their experience. despite spending a decade in university acquiring some fancy degrees and traveling across the globe becoming certified in the most effective therapeutic interventions; i am not the expert of your life. you are the expert on you. therefore i adapt to the individual needs of each client and use the appropriate skills necessary for their specific situations. i work on stabilization skills, symptom and harm reduction in combination with processing the deeply rooted limiting belief systems and trauma that commonly are underneath maladaptive coping strategies.
as the client it is essential that you are informed about what is happening in therapy and that you feel safe to use your voice regarding your goals. this is so that you feel empowered throughout the therapeutic process. each step of the way, i will inform you as to why we are utilizing different therapeutic resources to spark the development of specific resources within you. throughout the treatment process, i am dedicated to working alongside you to ensure that you have the necessary tools to manage symptoms, change limiting belief systems, integrate past trauma and ultimately thrive. during our time together i will exclusively or holistically use any of the following therapeutic modalities to enhance your healing experience.
what a session looks like.
in the first stages of counselling (when we first meet)
you and i meet. we get to know each other while working together to facilitate a trusting, safe, compassionate, and mindful therapeutic relationship. this is intentional so you feel comfortable exploring your life experiences with me. this initial portion of therapy is where you let me into your world so that together we can explore. this portion of therapy is where present moment symptoms such as anxiety or worry will be decreased. we will investigate what you want to achieve from therapy and what you want from your life. we will also develop a real self-care plan (one not just filled with yoga and bubble baths) to ensure you are taking care of yourself mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually between counselling sessions.
in the middle stages of counselling
once we have established our connection as therapist and client we’ll start working on a deeper level. this may include any of the therapeutic interventions listed above dependent on your needs and therapeutic goals. we’ll look at what you need to do to make positive changes in your life and help you build a stronger sense of yourself. once you feel more hope and confidence, you’ll feel more optimistic and motivated to change.
the ending phase of counselling
the length of counselling varies depending on your needs. some leave once their goals are met, others stay for longer desiring to increase their self awareness and have maintenance support. over time, when the initial symptoms and core reasons for your first appointment start to subside you’ll start noticing differences in your life. at this point, with greater self awareness and emotional regulation, you’ll be able to best decide what you need and what your new relationship to therapy is. this pivots on you taking what we work on in counselling out into the rest of your life (developing those new neural networks in your brain).
i am committed to working with you effectively and efficiently to create the long-term emotional, physical, mental and spiritual changes that you need, want and desire.
my approach best suits.
Binge Eating Disorder
Body Image Issues
Body Dysmorphic Disorder
Childhood Sexual Abuse
Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Dissociate Identity Disorder
Grief & Loss
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder