Counselling, Psychotherapy, and Psychological Assessment for Adults, Late Adolescents, & Seniors.
Following is a sample of conditions for which I have acquired competence and experience:
Anxiety: Generalized Anxiety – Social Anxiety – Panic Attacks – Phobias – Obsessions – Compulsions – Worry – Feeling Overwhelmed.
Trauma: Acute Stress – Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – Chronic/Childhood Trauma – Adult exposure to violence, assault, motor vehicle accident, injury, traumatic loss, medical trauma.
Depression: – Hopelessness – Loss of Energy, Interest, Enjoyment, & Meaning – Negative Thinking – Rumination
Anger Management, Frustration, Impatience, Irritability, Sensitivity to Feedback/Criticism
Social Emotions: Embarrassment, Guilt, Shame, Self-Consciousness, Pride
Stress Management – Life Transitions – Disability – Fertility
Grief, Loss, Bereavement – Separation, Divorce, Illness, or Death
Relationship & Post-Relationship Issues:
Couples Counselling or Marriage Counselling
I work with individuals and couples to address unsatisfying patterns of interpersonal relating including:
Communication – Conflict Management – Recurrent Arguing – Anger – Emotional Distance & Withdrawal – Maintaining Intimacy/Closeness – Marital Friendship, Common Ground & Shared Interests – Relationship Neglect – Living Parallel Lives – Commitment Issues – Trust, Betrayal, & Infidelity – Boundaries – Infertility – Parenting Styles – Adult Attachment Style – Negotiating Healthy Interdependence – Personality Conflicts – Individual work on Discomfort with Closeness, Dependency, Commitment, & Superficial Relationship Patterns.
Sleep Disturbance: Insomnia & Hypersomnia
Chronic Illness – Chronic Pain – Treatment Compliance – Health Anxiety – Positive Health Behaviours – Healthy Lifestyle Changes – Disability & Return to Work
Motivation: Self-Determination & Self-Regulation:
Procrastination – Indecision – Perfectionism – Self-Sabotage – Time Management – Impatience – Boredom
Achievement Motivation – Performance Enhancement – Productivity – Creativity – Assertiveness
Goal Setting – Intention – Implementation – Initiation – Problem-Solving Skills – Self-Efficacy
Developing a Self-Determined Vitality in Life
Developing and Maintaining Health Lifestyle Behaviours
Well-Being & Happiness:
Loss of or Exploring Purpose or Meaning in Life – Clarifying values, direction, purpose and life goals
Cultivating the Attributes, Attitudes, and Behaviours that support Psychological Well-Being or Happiness
Recurring, Destructive, Self-Defeating or Ineffective Patterns of Behaviour
Exploring how normal personality features combine to influence adaptive and satisfying functioning in some circumstances, while undermining suitable adjustment in other contexts.
Personality Disorders: Long Term Patterns of Identity and Relationship Difficulty, Including: Dependent, Avoidant, Depressive, Passive Aggressive, Narcissistic, & Obsessive-Compulsive Personality
Issues of Self:
Self-Esteem – Self-Confidence – Self-Knowledge – Shyness – Social Competence – Assertiveness – Self-Sabotage – Self-Regulation – Self-Enhancement – Self-Protection
Third Age Adulthood: Aging
Adjustment to: Retirement – Health, Physical, & Intellectual Changes
Maintaining intellectual function and quality of life through lifestyle practices
Formal assessments services:
Independent Medical-Legal Examination – Psychovocational Assessment – Emotional & Interpersonal Competence – Personality Functions – Motivation & Self-Regulatory Capacity – Parenting Evaluations – Addictions – Cognitive/Intellectual Ability emphasizing Attention, Memory, Problem-Solving, and Learning
Presenting issues are typically addressed using an integrated approach to counselling and psychotherapy, which allows for a treatment formulation that matches the unique complexity of each client and their circumstances. In some cases this may involve a dedicated implementation of one of the empirically founded therapeutic models outlined below. In other cases it is more useful and effective to implement features drawn from several of those models, as well as the broader knowledge of psychological processes relevant to the concern.
Therapuetic Models that Guide Practice:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) – Metacognitive Therapy (MCT) – Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) – Behavioural Activation Therapy (BCT) – Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) – Schema Therapy (Young) – Experiential/Focusing Therapy (Gendelin) – Existential Therapy – Hypnotherapy (Visualization & Guided Imagery) – Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) – Unified Protocol (Barlow) – Mentalizing – Psychological-Education – Psychodynamic Therapy – Attachment Therapy – Gottman Marital Therapy (Advanced Training) – Relational Interdependence –