Therapy for Adults and Adolescents
A supportive, safe, and accepting relationship is the foundation for effective counselling. This allows you to explore those areas of life that are causing emotional pain and distress, find new ways of understanding yourself and others, and develop more effective strategies for living your one, wonderful life.
A variety of approaches inform my work, depending on each client’s unique needs. I am well versed in Cognitive Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Approaches, Motivational Interviewing, Trauma Informed Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, and Mindfulness Based methodologies.
I’ve counselled women, men, and teens experiencing a range of difficulties, including anxiety, depression, trauma, self-esteem and self-worth, relationship challenges, moral injury, grief and loss, life transitions, existential and spiritual issues, substance use, compassion fatigue, and sleep disorders.
Throughout life we travel along many different paths. Along the way we often encounter unexpected obstacles that we can handle, but there may be times we find ourselves at a loss over how to move forward.
Many of us hold the belief that we should be able to handle things on our own, that reaching out for support is a sign of weakness, or a lack of motivation, or a lack of willpower. We hunker down, redouble our efforts, and still we struggle.
It does not have to be that way, and you do not have to go it alone. Counselling can support you work through the most difficult of times, helping you rediscover enjoyment and satisfaction, as well as a renewed purpose and meaning in life. It can restore hope.
I am pleased to offer counselling to willing teens age 15 and over. Adolescence is a time of significant physical, mental, social and emotional change. During this time, teens grapple with who they are in this world, and how to form healthy relationships. They begin to take on adult roles and responsibilities.
It is an important and often difficult time. And of course, teens experience many of the same challenging life events as adults and can feel quite confused, alone, hurt, angry, anxious, depressed and even hopeless.
Teens need a safe and private space to sort through all this, and they can benefit tremendously from counselling, but unfortunately the data shows they receive services far less often than adults. We know that many of the mental health problems that become prominent in adulthood begin to show up during adolescence.
That is why counselling for adolescents is so important. There is this window of time where much self-awareness and growth can occur. It is possible to intervene in ways that can help a teen redirect their thinking and being in a healthier direction, rather than developing negative patterns that become “set” and increasingly a problem as life goes on.
in-person or online
In-person counselling is available at my office location in the Kootenay Health Centre in Cranbrook. We follow provincial guidelines to ensure safety during this time of COVID-19.
For those clients who prefer online counselling for any variety of reasons, such as convenience, privacy, or distance, I provide a secure online portal for teletherapy sessions. We can discuss these options during your free consultation.
I Help My Clients With A Range of Concerns
Difficult life transitions
Grief and loss
Guilt and shame
Feedback Informed Treatment
I am committed to doing everything I can to meet your needs in therapy. To facilitate a collaborative and productive working relationship, I have adopted a best practice known as Feedback Informed Therapy, or FIT.
This means I will ask you to complete two forms that provide me feedback, once at the beginning and once at the end of our session. Each of these short forms takes less than 1 minute to complete, and they provide me essential information: Do you feel heard, understood and respected? Do you feel we are we making progress in counselling? Are we addressing what is important to you? Is the therapy relationship working for you?
Almost 30 years of research has shown that regular and consistent client feedback makes a significant difference in your progress. The quality of the interactions between you and your therapist matters. Positive, collaborative therapy relationships lead to greater engagement in therapy, which in turn leads to better outcomes. I am pleased to offer you this research supported approach.