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Areas of Practice
I provide individual counselling tailored to your needs, in person or via telephone or Skype and also offer couples counselling, family counselling and groups focused primarily on applied relaxation skills. In addition to the areas of practice listed to the left, I have worked with people on a wide variety of issues, particularly in the field of mental health and addictions. I am also very interested in supporting people in managing chronic pain conditions and the variety of challenges that can present, including problems with sleep, challenges in family and workplace relationships, career issues, mood, stress, and identity, to name a few.
Education and Experience
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology from UBC. I’ve been working in the field for about 14 years now, in a variety of settings, including mental health, addictions, chronic pain, and family and couples counselling. I’m also a spouse and a parent, which is its own kind of education.
Client Fee Individuals:
Client Fee Couples/Families:
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People often ask what type of counselling I use; it’s a good question, but one I find difficult to answer. I’ve had some training in many different therapeutic approaches: cognitive-behavioural therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, family systems therapy, a little transactional analysis, a little exposure to object-relations theories, lots of trauma-informed approaches, a little Gestalt…It’s a pretty long list. I haven’t found anything yet, though, that seems to work for everybody. I rely pretty heavily on my ability to create a safe, open therapeutic relationship – after all, all the research indicates that this is more critical in making therapy effective than the use of any particular modality – but even that is not a good fit for everyone. For some, the emotional openness and acceptance of a safe relationship feels threatening, the very opposite of what I’m hoping to achieve.
I guess, in the end, the best answer is that I take an eclectic approach in therapy; together we choose and draw on the approaches that are best suited to your abilities and your needs. Together we choose how much emotion comes into the room and how much to keep our work cognitive and practical. We decide together how much insight-oriented work suits you and how much to focus on specific goals, plans and skills. The best measure of whether or not the therapy is “working” is whether or not you are seeing the changes you want for yourself and your life. If you are, then we celebrate that, figure out what’s working and build on it. If you’re not, then we explore the barriers and adjust our work accordingly.
Please feel free to call, text or email me for more information and to discuss your goals for therapy. This first contact is free, to give us both a chance to figure out if Balance Counselling is a good fit for your needs right now. If it is, we can set up an initial appointment for a more in depth assessment. If it isn’t, I may be able to suggest some other therapists or other resources you could try.