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
Family of Origin issues, Family conflict
Breakups, Separation, Divorce
Models of Therapy
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy