Areas of practice
- Anxiety and/or Panic
- Career Issues
- Compassion Fatigue
- Grief and Loss - General
- Intimacy Issues
- Life Balance
- Life Transitions
- Marriage and/or Relationship Issues
- Personal Growth
- Self-Esteem Issues
- Stress Management
- Acceptance & Commitment Therapy
- Brief Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Energy Psychotherapy
- Humanistic Therapy
- Jungian Psychotherapy
- Marriage & Couples Counselling
- Mindfulness approaches
- Psychodynamic Therapy
Counselling practice website:www.geraldinebrooks.ca
My counselling is holistic, informed by scientific advances in psychology and neurology as well as Transpersonal, Jungian (the theories of C.G. Jung) and Energy Psychologies. I address a wide variety of client concerns including relationship problems, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, grief, stress management and blocks to personal, sexual and spiritual development and creative expression. I work with many different types of clients with various cultural, sexual and spiritual orientations.
I also have many years experience helping people with career choice and indecision, life planning and life/age transition issues. Such issues, as well as "meaning of life" questions, commonly arise at midlife.
In addition, I have a particular interest in the relationships among general physical health, gut health, diet, mood, and psychological health.
I view every client as unique. Each client's needs deserve special consideration which is why my approach to each individual is a particular blend of the many counselling methods I have studied. I also stay current with new developments in the field of psychology and continue to integrate these into my practice to enhance my work and benefit my clients whenever possible. I create a warm comfortable, safe and trusting atmosphere where clients can explore whatever they need to in a manner and at a pace that feels right to them.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) are two approaches that I draw on consistently in my work. Both of these approaches address how the way that we think about a problem influences how we are affected by it emotionally and how we behave in response to it. ACT and CBT approaches are helpful for a wide variety of concerns, especially depression, anxiety, loss and self-defeating behavioural patterns.
I have also been strongly influenced by two other perspectives: Transpersonal and Jungian psychology (the psychology of C.G. Jung). These approaches recognize individual differences and a transpersonal dimension of human experience - that is, a dimension of experience that lies beyond our individual egos. A key concept in Jungian psychology is "individuation" - the process of becoming one's authentic self in the world. My job as a Psychologist is to facilitate that process. For some people, that may mean engaging in counselling on a short term basis to address very specific concerns. For others, it may involve a longer term process of personal growth that includes exploring one's sense of identity and authenticity, existential beliefs and spiritual values. Such concerns often arise at midlife.
Professional memberships: Canadian Psychological Association, British Columbia Psychological Association, Association of Comprehensive Energy Psychologies
Client fee individuals:$230.00 (sliding scale available based on circumstances)
Client fee couples/families:$240.00 (sliding scale available based on circumstances)