Areas of practice
- Anxiety and/or Panic
- Career Issues
- Chronic Illness
- Chronic Pain
- Compassion Fatigue
- Death and Dying
- Family Caregiver Stress
- Gender Identity Issues
- Grief and Loss - General
- LGBTQ Issues
- Life Balance
- Life Transitions
- Marriage and/or Relationship Issues
- Men's Issues
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Personal Growth
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Professional Burnout
- Self-Esteem Issues
- Sleep Difficulties-Adults
- Stress Management
- Suicide Ideation / Survivor
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Communication Skills Training
- Humanistic Therapy
- Integrative Psychotherapy
- Mindfulness approaches
- Motivational Interviewing
- Pain Management
- Psychodynamic Therapy
- Video Counselling
Counselling practice website:www.acavepsychologist.com
My private practice consists of psychotherapy services for youth, adults and elders. An appointment usually lasts an hour and takes place in a confidential office setting. I also provide clinical consulting services for fellow mental health professionals..
I am a Registered Psychologist with the College of Psychologists of BC (Registration # 1755). I am also a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (Registration # 2094). I have over 20 years' experience in providing psychotherapy and counselling. My expertise is clinical psychology - the assessment and treatment of mental disorders.
I work with clients of all genders. I I have additional specialized experience working with people with HIV/AIDS, people of First Nations heritage, and with gay, bisexual, transgender and lesbian clients. I tend to work well with those of you who have experienced abuse, bullying, trauma and discrimination because of who you are or how you look.
Psychotherapy refers to the treatment provided by a psychologist or other trained mental health professional to help people manage problems in their personal or social lives. By talking with a compassionate and accepting person in a confidential setting you are able to gain a deeper understanding of your needs and difficulties, begin to solve problems, and make changes and achieve goals which will return you to mental health and well-being.
I believe relationships are the key to mental health. My preferred therapy approach is called relationally focused integrative psychotherapy. It is within safe, empathic and respectful relationships that healing occurs, and the therapeutic relationships I create with clients include these qualities.
One meaning of 'integrative' refers to the therapist's ability to bring together various therapy approaches so the therapist has more tools and a deeper understanding of a client's thinking, feeling and behaviours. I use cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and psychodynamic psychotherapy as well as other approaches and therapy techniques. These may include attuned inquiry, self questionnaires, guided relaxation, and practising new behaviours between sessions.
Living our lives can be very challenging at times. Sometimes bad things happen to us. We are threatened or hurt - or maybe we lose someone or something very important to us. Sometimes we experience conflict in a significant relationship. Sometimes we just start feeling different for no apparent reason - like getting really depressed when everything else in our life appears fine. And sometimes it's a behaviour that has got out of control - like drinking too much or being addicted to the Internet.
It is at these times of psychological distress that we may develop various symptoms such as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, anger issues and many others. This is what we commonly call 'mental illness' and like physical illness, you will benefit from professional treatment. Many people still avoid seeing a 'shrink' because of the worry that others will lable them as 'crazy'. But if you think about it, isn't it more crazy to not get the help you need to have a better, happier life?
I hope you consider working with me with the goal of making the most of what life has to offer you.
Client fee individuals:$220.00 (60min)