Areas of practice
- Anger Management Issues
- Anxiety and/or Panic
- Grief and Loss - General
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Self-Esteem Issues
- Trauma Counselling
- Adlerian Therapy
- Brief Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Family Systems
- Humanistic Therapy
- Mindfulness approaches
- Observed Experiential Integration (OEI)
- Relational Psychotherapy
- Telephone Counselling
Counselling practice website:https://www.robertphillipscounselling.com/
I strongly believe that human beings already have the necessary tools and resources to tackle what life presents, and it is only in the absence of a therapeutic relationship that these resources are kept from awareness. I offer a non-judgmental and open heart to my clients, so that they may feel comfortable to fully investigate these resources and their potential.
I also feel that there are as many unique paths to healing as there are individual persons on this planet. Because of this, I assume that openness and creativity in the therapeutic process are paramount to success. Whether you are passing through a life transition, facing depression or anxiety, battling addiction, or simply feeling stuck, I am excited to walk alongside you on your journey towards healing.
The heart of my practice centers around the relationship with the self. Through experience, I have found that underneath many of the issues my clients present with (depression, anxiety, addiction etc.), there is often a contemptuous relationship with self. In other words, self-criticism begets suffering. Logically, I feel most satisfied in my work when my clients learn to love and accept themselves just as they are.
I hold a Master of Counselling Psychology from Adler University in Vancouver, and I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (#16632). I am also a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional with the International Association of Trauma Professionals. Prior to pursuing a career in mental health, I attended the University of Victoria where I completed a Master of Music (2013).
It takes real courage to face the challenges of life head-on. Contacting a mental health practitioner is worthy of admiration. Whether it is the person-centered approach, cognitive-behavioural therapy, or some other technique that fits best, together I believe we can find new ways of being that work for you. I look forward to watching you grow.
My graduate-level education involved extensive training in Inner Child Therapy (ICT). ICT is a "deep work" modality that examines what your childhood needs were (e.g., unconditional love, safety etc.) - and how to meet those needs in adulthood to foster well-being. For example, if your caregiver(s) was unable to provide structure in your life as a child, ICT can help identify this unmet need, and help you find ways to meet it for yourself as an adult. I have seen this approach do wonderful things. ICT can be helpful with:
- Relationship Issues (i.e., "codependency")
- Addictions (substance and/or behavioral)
- Feeling "stuck"
It is not assumed that this approach will be used in our journey together - but it can be a useful resource when appropriate. You are in the driver's seat, as always.
I also have advanced training in Motivational Interviewing (MI). MI is about constructing conversations so that individuals can identify their own motivations for change. It is a collaborative style, meaning that the therapist and client "walk together" to discover the client's core values. When our motivation to change comes from within, growth logically follows.
- Motivational Interviewing (MI).
- Inner Child Therapy
- Observed and Experiential Integration (OEI)
- Certified Clinical Trauma Professional
Client fee individuals:120
Client fee couples/families:150