Counselling

When words are both kind and true, they can change our world.  —Buddha

“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”  —Einstein

dandelionIt is challenging being a human. Regardless of who you are, suffering, confusion and heartache are part of life.  However, counselling can turn these difficulties into doorways for growth, healing, and transformation. Counselling offers the opportunity to: enhance self-acceptance and compassion; overcome destructive habits; process childhood experiences, gain insights ; summon courage and experience deep well-being.

If you believe that well being arises when body, heart, mind and spirit are integrated,  you will resonate with my approach.

forest-pathMy  approach to Counselling  is holistic.  I integrate Science, Psychology and Spirituality.  With recent developments in neuroscience and insight into the nervous system,  we know that psychology and physiology are intimately connected.  On some level we are all yearning to have a deeper , richer experience of who we are and our lives.  This yearning is the portal into spirituality .

The rich tradition of Yoga has much to offer us. I’ve been teaching  Yoga since 2001.  As a Yoga therapist I use simple yogic practices to help manage anxiety and stress.

It’s exciting that the  research on  Mindfulness and neuroscience is burgeoning.  Neuro-plasticity, the brain’s ability to rewire itself, indicates that change is possible on any level, at any age, under any conditions. 

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy  is a natural complement to mindfulness. While mindfulness cultivates a non-reactive awareness of thoughts and emotions, Cognitive behavioural therapy addresses the content of our thoughts. It is our distorted thinking  that creates suffering. When we can change our thinking pattern, we change our perception of ourselves, our lives and the world.

Trauma / Nervous System

Trauma is more physiological rather than psychological.

Fascinated by the body and it’s inherent wisdom, I’ve studied  somatic work for years. Somatic work brings  awareness to body sensations and feelings to access realms of deep knowing. By attending to the body in this way, stagnant energy becomes liberated as vital life energy. This restores regulation to the nervous system and alleviates trauma symptoms.  I have studied Somatic Experiencing, Somatic Transformation and Bringing the Body into practice.

As a Couples Counsellor, I am very inspired  by  Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) developed by Dr. Sue Johnson. I have studied with Dr. Johnson and worked closely with  her colleague,Gail Palmer. EFT focuses on attachment and bonding in relationships.  EFT helps clients understand and make sense of their emotions. By organizing and distilling emotions,  EFT uses present time to create a new positive experience in the here and now.   EFT take steps to create a more secure bond and develop more trust to move the relationship in a healthier, more positive direction.  It’s very inspiring to work with couples as they let their guard down, show vulnerability and move closer to authentic connection.

For individuals wishing to transition gender, I provide hormone readiness assessments.

It’s important to choose a counsellor that you feel comfortable with and trust. I offer a free 20-minute initial consultation.

FEES:

My fee is $140 ( plus GST) for individual counselling (50-60 min) and $160/hour  or $225/ 1.5 hr. for couples (plus  5% GST). There are a  limited number of sliding scale spots for those in financial need.

Feel free to contact me for a  20 min complimentary consultation.

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life believing that it is stupid.” —Einstein