Therapy and Counselling
Services in Victoria BC
These are the problems I provide therapy for:
| Therapy Methods
- Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy
- Somatosensory or body-based therapy
- Skill building - assertiveness, anger management, problem solving, limit setting, communication etc.
- Best Foot Forward
- Positive psychotherapy
- Emotional Freedom Technique (tapping therapy)
- Memory Reconsolidation Therapy
- Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
- Depression/Mood disturbance
- Grief and Loss
- Work place stress
- Performance anxiety
- Adjusting to change/Life transitions
- Lack of confidence/Low self-esteem
- Conflict resolution skills/Anger management
- Relationship dilemmas
- Communication problems
- Obsessive compulsive problems
- Unresolved family-of-origin issues
- Childhood trauma, neglect, and/or abuse
- Stress-related physical symptoms
- Performance enhancement
My approach in therapy is non-pathologizing, empowering, and collaborative.
This means I view my clients as having a problem rather than being this
problem and I look for solutions within them. This may mean finding the roots of the problem, the place where your own growth potential got stuck. It may mean
we expand your perceptions and skills so that you can manage problems in the
way you'd like. I draw on many different therapy modalities (see green box
at right) but generally my approach would be described as psychodynamic, experiential, and
collaborative. If, on the other hand, you just want some advice, we can do that too.
Your input and preferences are as important as my opinions. See below under consultation.
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Clinical Screening Assessment
I will usually do a clinical screening assessment to clarify a diagnosis for
someone seeking therapy. Most often this means we'll work through a 20
minute symptom inventory in the second appointment, or I'll give you a
longer inventory to complete at home. The purpose is not to label or
pathologize you but
to find out how severe your difficulties are so I can more accurately
estimate how long therapy will take. I also want to make sure I have not
overlooked something important. The fees are minimal since I only bill for
the time it takes me to score and analyze the results. I will always give
you feedback about the results. We can then talk about the different kinds
of therapy found to be effective for that particular problem. Some clients
know what kind of therapy they want, others like to try several methods.
This is usually short-term work in which I give you the best
advice I have to help you deal with a common stressor, such as
bereavement, separation, empty nest, blended family, workplace
stress. Consultation often merges with skill building therapy such
as assertiveness training. It's a practical form of therapy that
aims to expand your knowledge and skills. Clients typically leave my
office with typed summaries of new skills.
I've never learned how to express a
Small things trigger a huge amount of stress.
My spouse died a year ago. I feel
bad about liking/loving someone else.
My life doesn't have much meaning
now that my kids have gone.
I need my job but I have the boss
If you would like to learn more,
Today has a useful diagnosis dictionary that lists symptoms, causes, and
treatments for an extensive list of problems.