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Are you disappointed in your relationships? Do you feel lonely and misunderstood? Are you feeling depressed or anxious? Or, you might be someone who has had therapy in the past but needs something different this time. You might feel confident in managing your feelings, but want to learn why you feel and act the way you do, and why you keep repeating the same unhelpful patterns in relationships.
I have over 20 years clinical experience as a registered psychologist in helping people feel better, move forward in their lives, and have more satisfying relationships.
My approach to therapy: I believe therapy is a challenge, but a manageable one. I'm a good listener and non-judgmental, but sometimes more is needed. My strengths are going beyond superficial understandings of your concerns, and being honest and direct in a supportive way so that you can take a risk to change.
I will check with you to make sure our work is at an optimal pace. I start individual psychotherapy with a focus on how you are currently coping and symptoms that might be interfering with your daily activities (e.g., poor sleep, difficulty concentrating). Once you begin to feel more settled, we can start to explore possible causes of the difficulties and what can be done to address them.
Often anxiety or depression is related to problems in interpersonal relationships such as difficulty saying "no", finding that others are often hurt by your honest feedback, avoidance of conflict, difficulty trusting others. I work with interpersonal difficulties in individual therapy, couples therapy, and group therapy. In individual therapy I'll work with you to track patterns across your relationships, including the therapy relationship. I'll help you become more attentive to the signs that you're about to act in the same old way, creating opportunities to try something different. In couples therapy, I help partners disengage from unhelpful patterns and learn to communicate in a way that enhances their caring for each other. In group therapy, I create a safe environment where people can learn about themselves in relationships in real time. People learn to give and receive helpful feedback, to allow themselves to be supported by others, and to take risks to be different.
Are you ready to make a change that counts? Take the first step to get started. Give me a call or send me a short email. I'll respond the same or next business day and we'll talk for about 15 minutes at no charge to see if my services are a good fit for what you're looking for. Generally I can see new clients 1-2 weeks after this phone call.
Please note that I am out of the office Sept. 29-Oct.22, 2017. Please call my number (604-525-9214) for information about coverage in my absence.
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For further information, visit Colleen Wilkie's website.