Areas of practice
- Abuse - Emotional, Physical, Sexual
- Addictions - Including Substances
- Addictions - Relationship
- Addictions - Sexual
- Anger Management Issues
- Anxiety and/or Panic
- Intimacy Issues
- Marriage and/or Relationship Issues
- Self-Esteem Issues
- Stress Management
- Trauma Counselling
- Acceptance & Commitment Therapy
- Brief Therapy
- Communication Skills Training
- Feminist Psychotherapy
- Interpersonal Psychotherapy
- Marriage & Couples Counselling
- Mindfulness approaches
- Narrative Therapy
- Relational Psychotherapy
- Solution Focused Therapy
Other languages spoken
Counselling practice website:www.LeeTherapy.com
The people who come to see me include men who are struggling with either stress, or anger, or communication, or the misuse of alcohol, sex, or drugs,, women concerned about their marriage or partnership, and couples who feel nearly defeated by poor communication and distancing, or by destructive behaviours including lying.
Everyone's story is unique and no therapy session follows a predictable path. However, the collaborative steps below provide a general outline of how your therapy sessions with me may progress. I will help you:
- to describe the problem in concrete terms.
- to evaluate its negative effects on your life.
- to figure out exactly how it operates in your day.
- to discover or recover skills that reduce the problem.
- to identify a path that confirms your values and promotes positive change.
Even with quite serious problems, my approach takes months, not years, for lasting results.
My approach is efficient, interactive, and focused.
- An example is the email sent after each session. This communication details important insights, skills, and new ideas that you can use to overcome the problem and move in a positive direction.
With over twenty years of counselling experience, I can help with:
- Relationship issues such as poor communication, repeated conflict, frustration and resentment
- anxiety and a sense of failure in past relationships
- Concerns about anger control, alcohol, porn, or drugs
- Life stress and depression
- trauma or emotional abuse, loss or on-going grief
- Lesbian and gay concerns
- Obsessive thoughts or behaviours
The use of mindfulness and meditation practices
After a decade and more of meditation and mindfulness practices myself, I may offer particular skills that can reduce the problem at hand.
Expect effective help with your problem
Besides two certificate programs and many professional conferences in Canada, the U.S., and sometimes Europe, I trained for two weeks in Australia with Michael White, co-founder of Narrative Therapy. (Please see below and my website.)
Part of my practice is with Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) that refer lawyers, business people, software engineers, etc., many of whom immigrate from countries outside Canada. I take special pleasure in working with women and men from other cultures and religions.
How does this approach lead to lasting change?
- We take the time needed to clarify important skills and values, and then a useful direction for your life.
- Together we also thoroughly investigate your problem until we understand how it turns up in your day and how to reduce it.
I am registered with my professional college to work in private practice with individuals, couples, families, or groups (Reg. #3263). The designation of R.C.S.W. is a step beyond R.S.W. that includes a North American clinical board exam.
- Two-day workshop on diagnosis and treatment, Otto Kernberg, MD, World Council for Psychotherapy Conference, Vienna, Austria
- Outcome Research for Social Work, Judith Globerman, Ph.D., Vancouver, BC
- Client-Directed, Outcome-Informed Therapy, Scott Miller, Vancouver, BC
Approaches to Psychotherapy
- Two-weeks, Intensives I & II in Narrative Therapy, Michael White, Adelaide, Australia
- Two two-day workshops, Scaffolding Conversations, Ninetta Tavano, Vancouver, BC
- Two-day Mapping Narrative Conversations, Michael White, Richmond, BC
- Four-day Therapeutic Conversations Conferences--6, 7 8, 9, 10, 11, David Epston et al, Vancouver, BC
- Two-day Narrative and Solution-focused Therapies, William O'Hanlon, PhD, VA
- Four-day International Conference on Narrative and Cooperative Approaches to Therapy, Michael White, Steve de Shazer, Insoo Berg, William O'Hanlon, Reston, VA
- Two-day Global Reach of Brief Therapy, Steve de Shazer, et al., Mt. View, CA
- Three-day Brief Therapy Intensive, Paul Watzlawick et al, M.R.I.,Palo Alto, CA.
- Two-year training program [as experiential group], Gestalt Institute, Boone, NC
- Conference, Association for Advancement of Gestalt Therapy, New Orleans, LA
- Two-day workshop, Shame, Realization, and Restitution in Restorative Justice, 13 hrs., Alan Jenkins, Yaletown Family Centre, Vancouver, BC
- One-day training, Joining Cognitive-Behavioural and Psycho-dynamic Approaches to Personality Disorders,” Dr. Drew Westen, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC
- Sexual Trauma and Healing, Mark Schwartz, Masters & Johnson, Charlotte, NC
- Trauma, Dissociation & Attachment, 14 hrs., Trauma Treatment Assoc., Vancouver, BC
- Eleventh Substance Abuse State of the Art Conference, Kill Devil Hills, NC
- 4-day workshop, Gambling Addiction, Vancouver, BC
- Course, Substance Abuse Counseling, Community College, Sanford, NC
- Substance Abuse Protocol, Referral and Assessment Issues, Raleigh, NC
- Two-day workshop, Addiction: The Family Disease, OPC NC, Chapel Hill, NC
Couple and Family Therapy:
- Graduate-level courses: in Individual Therapy, Couples Therapy, Family Therapy, and Advanced Family Therapy, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
- “The Good Marriage” & “Beyond Divorce," J. Wallerstein, PhD., Chapel Hill, NC
- Two-day workshop, Treating Violence against Women, Maggie Carey, Vancouver, BC
- Two-year Intensive in Family Therapy, videoperson, Satir Institute, Chapel Hill, NC
- Group certification course & three four-day group trainings with David Hawkins, MD & Bernard Kempler, PhD, Atlanta Group Psychotherapy Conferences
- Two courses [as intensive group], Advanced Group Therapy, Boone, NC
- One and 2-day workshops on group treatment, Walker Shields, MD, Mary Goulding, John Gladfelter, et al., American Group Psychotherapy Association, San Francisco, CA
- Two 5-day group trainings in Gestalt Therapy, Jack Mulgrew, PhD, Appalachian State U., NC
- Group workshops, "Healing and Destructive Forces in Groups" & "Resonance and Dissonance in Groups," Carolinas Group Psychotherapy Society, Chapel Hill, NC
- "Flexibly Bound Group Model for Persons with SPMI," Walter Stone, Durham, NC
- Three-day group training, Gestalt Institute of Georgia, S. Imes, Dahlonega, GA.
- Two Group Therapy workshops, Canadian Group Psychotherapy Conference, Vancouver, BC
Client fee individuals:$140 (tax included) plus a follow-up email/record after each session
Client fee couples/families:$140 (tax included) plus a record/email after each session