My counselling style is collaborative, creative, experiential, flexible, compassionate and tailored to you and your strengths. I believe that the counsellor-client relationship is foundational for any therapeutic work to happen so creating a safe environment is priority. I also value integrating self-care, self-compassion, and using mind-body techniques to approach therapy holistically. Fitting you and your situation, I blend creative approaches and such evidence-based talk therapies as Solution-focused, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Positive Psychology, Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), mindfulness-based techniques, Hakomi (a practice that combines body awareness, mindfulness and experiential techniques to promote psychological growth) and Qigong (healing the self through breathing, body movement, mediation and guided imagery). Together we will determine a realistic plan so you can achieve your counselling goals. The length of time for the counselling process will be dependent on you and your situation but I will guide your healing so you can feel better as quickly as possible.
Are creative approaches right for you?
You may be thinking you are not creative but every person has creative potential. Perhaps you are just not used to using creativity. I will never force you to be creative if you are not ready but please understand that the therapeutic shift comes from the process and not the end-product. Creativity is powerful. There is a meaningful connection between creativity and therapy. Creative interventions can be helpful in addressing the mind/body connection and enhancing one's emotional understanding in a non-threatening way. I will guide you to tap into your own creative abilities that can open up doors to self-exploration and recalling your own strengths. You’ll be able to step outside of your problem, gain a different perspective and uncover possible new solutions. We may use art making, collages, drawing, working with sand and clay, sculpting, music, photographs, expressive writing in the form of poetry, story-telling, journalling and body movement.