Although my approach is tailored fit to meet your unique needs, I will draw upon my background in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Attachment Theory while using a Strength-Based, Client Centered Approach. My approach is to provide you an emotionally safe place where you can speak freely about what your current stressors are.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) helps clients understand and re-structure thoughts that influence our behaviors. During the course of treatment, people realize how to identify and change destructive thought patterns that do not serve them well. Although we can't control every aspect of the world around us, we can control how we interpret and deal with things in our environment.  Change is directed at realizing values and achieving goals.

http://psychology.about.com/od/psychotherapy/a/cbt.htm

http://www.anxietybc.com/cbt-home

Attachment Theory

Attachment Theory is focused on the connections and relationships between people, particularly long term relationships. In its simplest form, attachment is the emotional bond we have to another person. The early bonds that we create have a tremendous impact on it us later in life.

Attachment Theory starts with the belief that to thrive emotionally, children need a close continuous caregiving relationship. Our joint work will be to review your current working model of yourself and others, to help understand your attachment style and how this is impacting your current functioning and relationships.

For more information on Attachment Theory

http://www.drdansiegel.com/uploads/The-attunded-therapist.pdf.

Strength-Based Counselling

This approach looks at the strengths that an individual already brings to a problem or crisis. This is a client-led process which assumes that people have many skills, abilities, values, commitments, beliefs and competencies that will assist them to change their relationship with the problems influencing their lives.

For more information on strength based practice please visit:

http://www.ayscbc.org/Principles%20of%20Strength-2.pdf

Narrative Therapy

It’s human nature to make sense of our experiences through the stories we tell, but it’s how we tell our stories that can be very revealing as well as which pieces of information we tend to focus on. These stories shape people’s perspectives of their lives, histories, and futures. Working with a counsellor with a skilled ear for how you tell your stories can help you see your problems in a new light. Feel more confident, capable, and at ease by reframing your perspective and understanding your problems and yourself in a whole new way. Understanding how problem stories shape your perspective can prepare you to re-write these stories to serve you better.

Learn more about Narrative therapy

http://www.narrativetherapycentre.com/narrative.html

Every client and problem circumstance will favour different skills. And each situation requires counsellors to know how to use these skills, as well as when to use them and when to refrain from using them. I will customize my approach to fit your needs.

In addition to training through my degrees, I have additional training in the following areas:

- Gottman Training (Level 1 and Level 2)
- Core Practices Practice in Addiction Training
- Attachment Theory training with Dr Gordon Neufeld
- Child and Youth Mental Health local action team
- Anxiety and children
- ADHD and children
- Narrative therapy
- Conflict resolution
- Family Development Response
- Trained facilitator of the Gottman 7 Principles of How to Make a Marriage Work Program
- Trained facilitator of Pacific Post Partum’s Support Group Model
- I accept ICBC and Worksafe BC Claims