Personal Theory of Counselling
I believe counselling is a collaborative process that involves the client and the therapist entering into a working alliance in order to help the client achieve their goals and hopes for the future. I view clients as the expert of their own lives, and my role as a therapist is to simply guide and walk alongside clients as they engage in the change process, which I know can be scary, difficult, and uncomfortable. For me, therapy is about getting to the root of the problem. I view humans as whole and integrated beings who possess the potential for change, growth, and healing. While I may use a variety of counselling interventions and techniques, I believe a strong therapeutic relationship based on empathy and acceptance is at the heart of what promotes client change.
Personal Approach to Counselling
I take a person-centred, strengths-based, trauma-informed approach to counselling that emphasizes collaboration and authenticity. My work draws from evidence-based practices such as cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), solution-focused therapy (SFT), and emotion-focused therapy (EFT) in order to support clients in achieving their goals for change. In addition, my work is guided by intersectional-feminist theory that recognizes the influence of power, privilege, and oppression on human experiences. Finally, I borrow from the teachings of the Medicine Wheel, which emphasizes balance between heart, body, mind, and soul. My aim is provide clients with a safe and non-judgemental experience of therapy that is fueled by meaning and connection.
Areas of Specialization
Types of Issues
Grief and Loss
Models of Therapy
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy