The tween (10-12) and teen years (13- 19) can bring confusion, self-doubt, anxiety, stress and social challenges. But also growth and opportunity. Helping this age group build their resilience is key. I also understand it is absolutely necessary to meet them where they are, be approachable and appreciate their interests, concerns and strengths.
I believe parents need to understand the process and challenges to establish a trusting relationship and provide the best support to their child. Confidentiality is important to this age group so during the process, the parent(s) can be brought into some sessions but only with the permission of the client.
I work with adults of all ages. Individual counselling gives you the time and space to decide what you want to work on. I work with individuals experiencing a range of issues but my focus tends to be on tough transitional life situations and the stuff that comes up as a result.
The process can help you understand the experience, your feelings and losses. It can help you see how your experience is changing your relationships. It can help you access and build upon your strengths, gain acceptance and ways of coping and discover a new sense of self.
I work with both men and women but I have a special interest and experience in working on women's issues.
No doubt about it- relationships are hard work. There can be miscommunication, complacency, resentment, anger, recurring conflict, feelings of disconnect, or infidelity- just to name a few.
Counselling may focus on the premarital stage or involve addressing communication issues or learning to make different choices to deal with stress. It may include exploring and shifting deeper, weightier issues that have become fossilized. Together we will decide what is needed and the best way forward.
Counselling begins with both partners but during the process, it may be necessary to meet with each partner individually at times. Working with couples is done in-person.
Grief/loss of a loved one (including your furry friend), relationship, identity, safety, dreams, pregnancy loss.
New life role: new parent, partner, newly single, empty-nester, caregiver.
Substance use/abuse: unhealthy coping
Finding yourself or getting back to your authentic self
Relationship: Pre-marital challenges, communication, sexuality & intimacy, conflict, infidelity, struggles with dating, co-dependence
Family: Family conflict, divorce/separation, blended, adoptive, parenthood & parenting
Professional/school shifts: successes and disappointments
Cultural: cross-cultural communication & acculturation challenges.
Relocation: stress, loss, sadness, loneliness
Transitional tween/teen issues: anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, anger, self-image, identity, pressure, loss, school struggles, bullying
LGBTQ coming out/transitioning issues
Emotional distress (anxiety, depression, trauma), a diagnosis, stress & burnout, self-esteem, body image, physical illness, chronic pain, injury or loss of physical functioning, peri/menopause transition