Theoretical Orientation and Areas of Practice

"Everything "wrong" with you began as a survival mechanism, and deserves nothing but compassion and respect"
Dr. Gabor Mate

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Theoretical Orientation 

I set my practice apart by combining Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with holistic counselling. Strength and grace has always been one of my favorite phrases because it acknowledges the duality of wellness.  Strength on its own is rigid and blunt, and it needs grace to give it joy, pleasure, and ease.  Grace on its own is chaotic and without centre, and needs strength to give it grounding, structure, and power. Together, they provide a template for wellbeing, the balance of stability and freedom.

The therapeutic journey thrives on this healthy balance. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a system of evidence-based tools. It is prescriptive, formulaic, and goal-directed. It provides structure and strength to sessions.

But people are not machines, and many need more than a set of tools to truly come into relationship with themselves and heal. Holistic therapy, by contrast, is creative and gentle. It pulls from metaphors, imagery, and narrative. It provides flexibility, nuance, and grace to sessions.

These theories are wonderfully complementary and work together to facilitate an inner environment that is safe, compassionate, and loving. They us in improving our lives through achievable goals and hard work balanced with accepting that which we cannot control, appreciating beauty, and welcoming joy into our lives in even the toughest times.

Specialities

I work with clients with a large variety of concerns and therapeutic goals. I specialize in Mood Disorders and supporting those who struggle with challenging emotions, anxiety, and self-worth.

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Treatment Approach

Types of Therapy

  • Acceptance and Commitment (ACT)

  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)

  • Culturally Sensitive

  • Eclectic

  • Mindfulness Based (MBCT)

  • Person-Centres

  • Strength-Based



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