There are many reasons why people seek out counselling services ranging from communication issues, relationship concerns, workplace stress and anxiety, and self-esteem, to name a few. Counselling allows you to confront experiences in your life that may seem overwhelming and out of control in a safe and supportive environment.
My role as a psychotherapist is to help you with these and other areas of your life. If you are ready to make a positive change in your life I invite you to contact me to explore how I can help you achieve your goals.
I believe the first goal of therapy is to help you gain a better understanding of your own thoughts, emotions and behaviour patterns. The process and specific goals of therapy are different for everyone, but for most people the struggles and stresses in their lives are a result of a combination of factors, including your past experiences, your current situation and your existing strengths and resources. Through therapy, you will be able to better understand how your history influences your present and you will also learn new and healthy strategies to manage your stress, anxiety or emotions.
My approach to psychotherapy is through an integrative model as I believe that individuals are too complex to treat in a uniform fashion. I therefore combine elements from a number of theories to tailor therapy to your unique needs. The main schools I draw from are client centred, interpersonal, and cognitive psychology as well as holistic, anti-oppression, and strength based models.
This means that I believe that distress is not necessarily a “dysfunction” but often a response to your various life experiences. You already have many tools to help you cope and the purpose of therapy is to highlight the healthy ones, minimize the less effective ones and provide you with additional positive tools to better manage in the future. By working together in a collaborative relationship, you can gain insight about yourself, share your experiences and also learn new ways to think and live.
Moreover, many of your concerns may be related to how you interact with people in your life. Therapy can help you shed light on unhealthy relationships, improve existing relationships and teach you how to create and nurture supportive and positive relationships in general. Finally, the way you interpret and experience your current situation is also an integral part of therapy. By better understanding your thought processes you can challenge and change your negative thinking patterns and begin to think in more positive ways.