I use many different therapy techniques, including psycho-educational, supportive, cognitive-behavioural, and more insight oriented approaches, depending on the need. I take a client centered approach, respecting clients, building on their strengths. I provide a safe, supportive environment where clients can deal with their thoughts and feelings, and expand their choices to meet their own needs.
The picture of the stereotypical all-knowing analyst, leaning back in his chair, touching his beard as he reflects on the one or two insights he may or may not share with his patient, is not me. However, just feeding a client’s own words back to them, and inquiring, “how does that make you feel?” over and over again, is also not me.
My approach involves actively listening, as well as actively engaging in a dynamic dialogue about your feelings and thoughts. My approach is eclectic, doing what works. Perhaps we might discuss your past, and how it impacts on your present struggles. If you seek advice, I may actually give it if it appears to be in your best interest to do so. I might help you problem-solve and focus on the here and now, while creating a safe place for you to discuss whatever is on your mind. We will create your therapy experience together. Whether you stay for the shorter- or longer-term, we will try to make this an experience that is good and right for you.
Anxiety, depression, fear, anger and insecurity, etc. are all aspects of the human condition. Everybody has them to some degree, though of course they can reach a point of intensity where we feel the need to reach out for help.
If one or more of these challenges is troubling you, it is nothing to be ashamed of, and you are not alone. Working with a caring and experienced therapist can get you back on track sooner rather than later.
I treat my clients with the utmost respect and professionalism, while also providing them with practical feedback to manage their emotions more effectively, to cultivate more intimate connections in their relationships and to shape their lives in ways reflecting their deepest values.