Welcome to my office! The couch is comfy, the kettle is on, come for a for a free consultation to check things out or stay for a while, either way the door will be open for you.
It is so important to find a counsellor who feels like the right fit. I offer a free 30 minute consultation in order for us to meet, to answer any questions you may have, and for you to get a sense of what our work together will look like.
A big misconception exists around counselling, that you have to have serious problems or be in crisis to see a counsellor. You do not have to have serious problems or be in crisis to come see me. I believe in the power of having a safe, contained, confidential, and non-judgmental space. Having this is beneficial to everyone regardless of our situations. It provides a chrysalis or a cocoon where transformation can happen, where we can connect with ourselves and with what our soul is telling us apart from the layers of noise that bombard us in our everyday lives.
The experiences of my clients and what they are working on include a spectrum of situations such as: life transitions, personal growth, anxiety, stress, perfectionism, depression, trauma, feelings of isolation or emptiness, disconnection from body, grief, expression of creativity, spirituality, and feminine consciousness.
I believe it is important to work on many levels in therapy, from the conscious level to an unconscious level. If we focus only on thoughts and beliefs, the unconscious content that underlies those thoughts and beliefs does not get addressed and may continue to show up in your life in unhealthy ways. If we focus primarily on the unconscious, you may have a deeper understanding of what is going on for you but may not see immediate effects. I aim to bring the unconscious to awareness while working with concrete tools that you can start using immediately in your day to day life.
Depending on your individual needs, I work from an integrated therapeutic approach, drawing mainly from: Person-Centred, Depth Psychology, Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), Existential Therapy, Body Centred Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), and mindfulness tools. Here is a breakdown of what that means.
This means that the counselling relationship will be based on the foundational aspects of warmth, genuineness, and unconditional positive regard. Non-judgement and empathy are foundations of this approach and your situation will be explored in a confidential and safe environment.
Depth Psychology explores the unconscious content of the psyche in order to ease tension caused by inner conflict or stress. This can help to develop greater self-realization, individuation, and to find more meaning in life.
Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT)
Emotions are useful guides to help uncover what is most important to us. EFT methods can help people become aware of emotions (often it is easier to split off or repress them!) move towards them, work with, regulate, express, make sense of, and transform them.
Existential Therapy focuses on free will, self-determination, and the search for meaning. The approach is philisophical in nature and emphasizes the capacity to make rational choices and to develop to your maximum potential.
Body Centred Psychotherapy
This is a therapeutic approach that integrates the physical body into the therapy process. Also referred to as Somatic Psychotherapy, the process recognizes the intimate relationship between psychological well-being the human body.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
CBT addresses cognitive, emotional, and behavioural disturbances. CBT highlights the connection between thoughts, emotions, and behaviours, it emphasizes that our thoughts contribute to emotional and behavioural disturbance.
Mindfulness is a conscious direction of our attention which brings our focus to the present moment. When we are fully in the present we begin to notice what is happening in our minds, bodies, and the environment around us. Our minds are constantly trying to predict what will happen in the future or reliving moments in the past, which means that most of the time we are missing the reality of our lives, what is actually happening in the moment. Mindfulness can calm the chatter in the mind, decrease anxiety, calm the nervous system, and open us to experience.