Areas of practice
- Abuse - Emotional, Physical, Sexual
- Anger Management Issues
- Anxiety and/or Panic
- Covid-19 Loneliness
- COVID-19 Stress, Anxiety and Depression
- Eating Disorders
- Marriage and/or Relationship Issues
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Personal Growth
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Self-Esteem Issues
- Stress Management
- Trauma Counselling
- Weight Loss
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Communication Skills Training
- ONLINE / VIRTUAL / TELEHEALTH COUNSELLING
- Shame Counselling & Therapy
- Solution Focused Therapy
- Telephone Counselling
- Video Counselling
Counselling practice website:www.sullivancounselling.com
You will receive a warm, kind, caring, compassionate, non-judgmental approach to counselling to empower you to move forward with your life, and to create a positive and compassionate belief about yourself, in order to appreciate your own unique sense of value and worth. I welcome the opportunity to work with you, to bring about the change you want to see in your life.
I help you create more positive self-talk about yourself, and to eliminate limiting beliefs that are keeping you stuck. I work with your internal dialogue and thinking processes that are affecting your behaviour, so you can learn to recognize and change your self-defeating beliefs. I help you internalize the adaptive positive core belief, and desensitize and eliminate the negative belief that is robbing you of your happiness.
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology, and certification in EMDR 2.0.
If you are facing challenges in:
- Complex Trauma
- Emotional Eating
- Weight Issues
- Low Self-Esteem
- Anger Management
- Toxic Shame
- Wounded Emotional Boundaries
- Childhood Sexual Abuse
- Life Transitions
or other areas which you believe counselling could be helpful in resolving, I welcome the opportunity to work with you, to bring about the change you want to see in your life.
I specialize in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), to help you move past trauma and pain. I work with CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) to help you discover your internalized negative beliefs and help you create more adaptive positive beliefs. I help you resolve any issues you may be facing, and I make sure you get the coping tools you need to move forward with your life. I work with a variety of other techniques and modalities, and customize my approach to each client's needs. I use practical hand’s on tools that are emailed to you after our session for your reference that provide you with the ability to review and practice new skills and ways of thinking. I have trained with the best of the industry leaders in my field because I believe it is my job to provide you with the most up to date, effective techniques available, so you get the help and results you deserve.
I believe we can work as team to enable you to get the help, healing, growth and change you want to see for yourself. Take a look at my website, and message me for a free consultation.
I have the following qualifications:
- Masters of Counselling Psychology, University of Victoria
- Bachelor of Social Work, University of Victoria
- Family Justice Counsellor, Justice Institute of British Columbia
- Relationship Issues and Couples Counselling, Citizen’s Counselling Centre
I am registered with:
- British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors, (BCACC) Registration# 14604
Specialty areas include:
Surviving to Thriving through PTSD: addressing re-experiencing; recognizing and understanding avoidance and numbing maladaptive coping behaviours; how to calm hyper-arousal; how to shift negative cognitions and mood; how to gain emotion regulation; and how to create positive core belief systems.
Understanding Anxiety: how to calm the alarm; how anxiety manifests itself in the body; the anxiety loop; root causes of anxiety; and tools for how to relax during anxiety.
Creating Healthy Self-Esteem: how to build, strengthen, and maintain self-esteem; how to have unconditional self-esteem; understanding ways we give power away; how to communicate feelings, needs and opinions; how to understand emotions; and how to enable ourselves to pursue dreams and goals.
When we feel good about ourselves, we do not feel the need to overeat. However, when we feel emotional and get triggered we can then develop unhealthy emotional eating habits to soothe the pain we are experiencing.
It is difficult to change what we do not understand, therefore, it is really important to create a critical awareness around emotional eating habits, and know that you can do a complete reset with the right core beliefs. With understanding, you can empower yourself to reset emotional eating habits.There are different types of Emotional Eaters, and it is helpful to understand your habits and what is causing them, such as:
- Angry Eater
- Feelings Eater
- Destructive Eater
- Unaware Eater
- Habitual Eater
- Addictive Eater
Understanding and working with emotional eating habits and issues. There are also different reasons for why we carry excess weight, and it is helpful to understand these, such as:
- Defence Issues
- Control Issues
- Nursing old hurts
- Over Nurturing
Many of us became triggered during COVID lockdowns because of:
- Increased health anxiety
- A Switch from “living” to “surviving”
- Social withdrawal and isolation
- Decreased financial security
- Fear for loved ones
In order to gain a resemblance of control over our lives, many of us sought emotional comfort with food, as it became the one thing we could control. However, this creates unhealthy emotionally triggered eating habits, especially if we have a vulnerability to turning to food for comfort.
I can help you regain control over your eating habits, and develop positive self-care routines to move forward with.
Working Through Anger: how to recognize thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and behaviours associated with anger; what are areas of hidden anger; how to communicate through anger; and how to recognize triggers when our emotional boundaries are violated.
Overcoming Toxic Shame: understanding shame; how to build shame resilience; how to recognize shame triggers; what are unwanted identities; and what do shame screens look like?
Wounded Emotional Boundaries: understanding what emotional boundaries are; what are the differences between unclear, unhealthy, rigid, damaged and no boundaries; how do we learn boundaries; what are the consequences of damaged boundaries; what are the guidelines for setting boundaries; how to develop healthy boundaries; how to maintain boundaries; how to communicate boundaries; and what do healthy boundaries look like?
Text or call Madeleine at: 778-584-3955 for a free consultation.
- EMDR 2.0 EMDR Evicting TOXIC Shame Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) Advanced Flash Technique Emotion Freedom Tapping (EFT) Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
- Emotional Eating Weight Issues Treating Complex Trauma and Dissociation Healing Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse EMDR Treatment of Substance and Behavioral Addictions
Client fee individuals:$150.00 per session