Areas of practice
- Abuse - Emotional, Physical, Sexual
- Anxiety and/or Panic
- Compassion Fatigue
- Cross Cultural Issues
- Divorce and/or Separation
- Life Balance
- Life Transitions
- Personal Growth
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Professional Burnout
- Self-Esteem Issues
- Stress Management
- Brief Therapy
- Cross Cultural Therapy
- Gestalt Therapy
- Humanistic Therapy
- Integrative Psychotherapy
- Mindfulness approaches
- Process Work
Counselling practice website:www.drsharon.ca
I am a Registered Psychologist, with a doctorate in Clinical Psychology. I provide individual psychotherapy to adult and older adolescent clients for a variety of presenting issues, including depression, anxiety and panic, trauma, family and relationship difficulties, self-esteem, cross-cultural issues, life transitions, spirituality, personal growth, social anxiety/loneliness, workplace stress/burnout, grief/loss, and separation and divorce.
I tailor my therapeutic approach to each client's needs and draw from my training and experience with a variety of therapeutic approaches, including experiential/gestalt, mindfulness, cognitive-behavioural, solution-focused, and psychodynamic traditions. I welcome clients of all backgrounds, genders, sexual orientations, and lifestyles. I am committed to providing a safe, respectful, and confidential environment for individuals wishing to explore their personal concerns.
I am known for my warm and empathetic therapeutic style. I believe in a client-centred and collaborative therapeutic process, in which clients are an active participant in the therapeutic process and achieve greater well-being and empowerment through increased self-awareness and understanding of their own experiences. I believe in each client’s unique strengths and abilities to discover their inner wisdom, and by drawing upon these, aim to help clients develop the tools to cope with life’s challenges and create a life that leads to greater satisfaction.
Fees for standard psychological services are charged at the BCPA rate of $200/hour. A $10 discount is offered to clients who pay privately or use extended health benefits, which brings their fee to $190/hour. Fees for personal injury/medical-legal services are available upon request. Coverage for psychological services may be provided through your extended health or employee assistance program; check with your provider for details. Psychologists' fees are also income tax deductible as medical expenses.
I am an approved treatment provider for members of the RCMP, Canadian Forces, and Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) through Pacific Blue Cross Federal Administered Programs.
I am also an authorized provider for the Crime Victims Assistance Program. If you or a family member are a victim of a proscribed offense, you may qualify for coverage of your counselling sessions. There may be a co-pay if the full rate is not covered by CVAP.
I am also an approved provider for the EFAP For EFAP Program.
I am a Registered Psychologist and a member of the British Columbia Psychological Association. I have provided services to clients in various settings in British Columbia, Ontario, and Michigan over the past fifteen years, including a multidisciplinary pain clinic, university psychological services centre, two outpatient mental health centres, three psychiatric hospitals, a rehabilitation program, and a tertiary assessment and treatment centre for clients with developmental disabilities. I previously worked in a group practice specializing in personal injury claims, providing treatment and medical-legal assessments for the law courts. I have had extensive training and experience with a number of different therapeutic approaches, including cognitive-behavioural, humanistic/experiential, mindfulness, EMDR, solution-focused, family systems, short-term crisis intervention, and psychodynamic approaches.
I have provided psychotherapy for a wide range of presenting issues, including depression, anxiety, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, relationship difficulties, domestic violence, sexual concerns, sexuality/identity issues, cross-cultural issues, life transitions, spirituality, personal growth, childhood abuse, workplace stress/burnout, academic difficulties, grief/loss, social anxiety and loneliness. I have also provided group support and education to individuals in emotional crisis and recovering from workplace injuries as well as a co-facilitated a support group for partners, family, and friends of transgendered individuals. My clients have come from diverse backgrounds and range in age from late-adolescent to geriatric. I am also experienced in working with individuals with complex health issues (e.g. chronic pain, disability, brain injury).
I welcome clients of all backgrounds, lifestyles, and personal expressions. I believe that an effective working therapeutic relationship between the client and therapist is one of the most important elements in achieving therapeutic success. A supportive and caring therapeutic relationship allows clients to feel safe and comfortable enough to explore personal experiences that can be painful and overwhelming, but ultimately lead to healing, self-empowerment, confidence, and personal transformation. A good fit between therapist and client, and a feeling of comfort, safety, and acceptance is therefore important for a client in selecting a therapist.
Client fee individuals:$190/session (no GST charged) for clients paying privately or using extended health (all other services except medical-legal are charged at the BCPA rate of $200/hr). Registered Psychologists are usually covered by extended health; check w/ your provider.
Client fee couples/families:Same as above.