Areas of practice
- Abuse - Emotional, Physical, Sexual
- Addictions - Including Substances
- Anxiety and/or Panic
- Chronic Illness
- Chronic Pain
- Critical Incidents and Acute Stress
- Employee Assistance
- Grief and Loss - General
- Personal Injury
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Stress Management
- Trauma Counselling
- Workplace Issues
- Acceptance & Commitment Therapy
- Body Centred Psychotherapy
- Mindfulness approaches
- Motivational Interviewing
- Narrative Therapy
- Pain Management
- Somatic Approaches
- Video Counselling
Counselling practice website:www.painpsychotherapy.ca
In my practice, I help clients reduce or eliminate their chronic pain utilizing Pain Reprocessing Therapy (PRT) and other mind-body approaches. Neuroplastic pain (also called TMS or Mind-Body Syndrome) is a common form of chronic pain that is not fully structurally caused, but occurs in the brain due to learned neural pathways and emotional states. Neuroplastic pain can present as back pain, neck pain, pelvic pain, fibromyalgia, headaches, or migraines. People often worry their pain is all in their heads, but fMRI studies have found that neuroplastic pain is real and occurs in the brain.
I primarily use Pain Reprocessing Therapy, along with strategies from Narrative Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness, and Radical Exposure Tapping, to help clients improve their mental health and reduce their pain. I am a male-identifying person (he/him) and hold Bachelor and Master's degrees in Social Work. I grew up with two parents who experienced significant chronic pain related to injuries and stress, which has informed my passion and understanding when helping clients. When it comes to counselling, I practice from the perspective that the person is not the problem; the problem is the problem! From this stance, I am very collaborative and interested in each person's unique set of experiences and beliefs. Working together, we can address issues related to pain, trauma, and mental health, coming up with new ideas, practices, and strategies to solve problems and make life your better.
Pain is a danger signal that our brain sends us when there is tissue damage in our body. However, our brain can misinterpret safe signals from our body as dangerous, which can result in chronic pain. My approach supports people in retraining their brain to respond to signals from their body accurately, breaking the cycle of chronic pain.
If doctors have been unable to diagnose you, you have been diagnosed with multiple conditions, you are long past the typical time of an injury healing, or physical treatments have provided you with little relief, please consider connecting with me. My goal is to help you reduce your pain, feel safer, increase activity, and fully re-engage with life.
Beyond my specialization in chronic pain recovery, I have experience providing support for those experiencing concerns with substance use and addiction, career and academic stress, trauma, relationship concerns, and general mental health challenges.
- Pain Reprocessing Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, Radical Exposure Tapping, EMDR Skills Training, Indigenous Focusing Oriented Therapy, Applied Suicide Intervention
Client fee individuals:$200 per session. Sliding scale offered to those experiencing financial barriers to services.