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My Approach

Supporting you through grief and loss

In my approach you are the expert on you.   My role as counsellor is to offer you support, insight, guidance and coping strategies.  I listen carefully to what you say and don’t say.  I hear what you may not.  I observe and interpret your verbal and nonverbal communication.  Perhaps, most importantly, I meet you where you are emotionally.   No assumptions, judgment or expectations.  Just be you.     

In my counselling practice, I draw upon a number of modalities, always taking into consideration what will be most effective and appropriate in the moment.  Below is an outline of the therapeutic approaches I employ most often.  Each of them can be helpful in dealing with symptoms of anxiety, depression, stress, intrusive thoughts and physical complaints to name a few.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT):

Focuses on identifying and changing unhelpful patterns of thought and perception. Explores how our cognitions can have a negative influence on behaviour and emotion.

Insight Oriented Therapy:

The development of self awareness and understanding of how significant influences from the past affect the present.

Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT):

Through the exploration of dysfunctional emotional patterns in relationships, the goal of EFT is to improve communication, trust, attachment and bonding.

Mindfulness Practice:

A popular technique of focusing one’s awareness of feelings, thoughts and bodily sensations in the present moment. Often used to decrease stress, improve concentration and promote self awareness.

My role as counsellor is to offer you support, insight, guidance and coping strategies.