My style of counselling is both grounded and practically based, stemming from a large base of knowledge acquired through 26 years of practice in the human services sector, academic training and ongoing professional development. I acknowledge and focus on both the context of your life and the interplay of your individual characteristics within that context. A strong, connected, respectful relationship is viewed as a key factor in counselling success.
The Counselling Experience
Client safety, confidentiality, and professional ethics are of primary importance to me in the counselling relationship. I strive to ensure that my clients’ experiences of counselling are positive, beneficial, useful and safe. While counselling can bring forth emotions that are painful and difficult to work through, I also respectfully incorporate lightness and humor into my work, engaging in the use of laughter’s healing powers which can be sometimes overlooked in the field of counselling.
I use a client-centered humanistic approach in counselling, drawing from the theories of the schools of cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused, narrative and existential therapies. When required, I also incorporate coaching and teaching of skill based techniques such as relaxation and hypnosis to enhance clients’ personal knowledge of healthy living.
Areas Of Practice