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You've already taken a big step: acknowledging that you have a problem, and that you need some help. The next step is reaching out to the right person. My name is Brian, and I want to work collaboratively with you in therapy to overcome the challenges that you're currently facing. My approach is a combination of Narrative Therapy and secular Buddhist counselling, and I have specialized training in substance use and mental health treatment. I am available for individual, couples, family, or group therapy and meditation training.
Trained as a therapist through City University of Seattle's Masters in Counselling Psychology program, I graduated with presidential honours. I have current registration as a Canadian Certified Counsellor (#1374) through the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, and as a Registered Clinical Counsellor (#11578) through the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors, ensuring third-party accountability in my practice and fee coverage under some extended medical plans. I have extensive experience with complex problems like substance use, anxiety, relationship struggles, gender identity, and psychosis. I tend to not position myself as "expert" but rather to identify the person's own expertise and competencies, and work as an ally for them in turning their life in a desired direction. With an ally like myself, you can discover some of the skills and resources that may have been forgotten, but can be recovered.
Many of us are living through "stories" about ourselves, that have been told to us and that we start to tell ourselves. These stories solidify into problem identities. Using a combination of mindfulness practice and narrative therapy, my hope is to help you dismantle unhelpful identities and to re-write a preferred identity. One of the primary influences in my work is narrative therapy, and often I present at workshops and conferences on this topic. Alice Morgan (2000) provides a helpful summary: "Narrative therapy seeks to be a respectful, non-blaming approach to counselling and community work, which centres people as the experts in their own lives. It views problems as separate from people and assumes people have many skills, competencies, beliefs, values, commitments and abilities that will assist them to reduce the influence of problems in their lives."
My other primary approach is secular Buddhist practice - drawing on the therapeutic elements of Buddhism in a non-theistic, non-dogmatic manner, to assist people in freeing themselves from suffering and stress. Meditation and mindfulness practices are offered, drawing on my 14 years of meditation practice, and training as a meditation facilitator through Noah Levine in Los Angeles at the Against the Stream Meditation Centre. I provide training for other health care providers in this area. Meditation and mindfulness have a research-tested effectiveness for anxiety, depression, substance use, and many other problems.
If you have any questions please let me know - I look forward to working alongside you in therapy and helping you to change your story - and your life.
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For further information, visit Brian Williams's website.