Many of my clients are seeking support to cope better with anxiety, depression, grief, work place challenges, life transitions, or general life stressors. The most important aspect of therapy is developing a trusting, respectful relationship, which comes from transparency, collaboration, and empathy. The specific therapeutic modalities may vary depending on your needs and preferences. My approach is informed by principles from Self Regulation Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Systemic Family Therapy, and expressive therapy approaches.
SPECIALIZATION: In addition to the areas above, I have a number of areas of specialization:
Self Regulation Therapy (S.R.T.)
This non-cathartic, mind-body approach is a gentle way to work with the nervous system to reduce agitation, anxiety, and the impact of trauma. What that means in real life is that I may ask you to just notice areas where you feel more settled in your body, and areas where there is more tension. Visit the Canadian Foundation for Trauma Research & Education (CFTRE) website for more information at www.cftre.com .
Trauma & P.T.S.D. (Post traumatic stress disorder)
I see many people who are recovering from historical trauma, crime, medical trauma, or high impact trauma such as car accidents. I believe it is important to focus on what is going well, and what is healthy in us, as much as it is to explore the cause of the trauma. We always begin with the present time and focus on safety first. Many people are understandably worried that if they come for therapy they will have to start with sharing all their most difficult memories or situations. This is not the case!
We work together to find a way through trauma and into life.
As someone who has lived through life threatening illness, has supported family members with serious health conditions, and who has worked at the Cancer Clinic for 3 years in Patient & Family Counselling, I have seen many sides of illness. I have a deep empathy for people who are living with chronic health conditions and/or pain. I enjoy helping people who have had to take time off work get back to their lives as they recover.
Working with people who have developmental disabilities and their families
For over 35 years I have worked with people who have developmental disabilities and their families, which has given me the privilege of meeting some wonderful people! When looking for therapeutic services for individuals who may have diverse abilities, it is important that the clinician have an understanding of both mental health / therapy and of disability issues. I was a member of the Disability Mental Health Team for 8 years and provided specialized therapy, training, advocacy, and behavioral consultation in Kelowna for many years.