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,  your gender, your income—suffering, confusion and heartache are part of life.  However, counselling can turn these difficulties into  opportunities for growth, healing, and transformation.

If you believe that true well being  occurs when body, heart, mind and spirit are integrated,  you will resonate with  my approach. With a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology,  and 18 years  of teaching Yoga and Meditation, my approach to change is holistic.

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Unconditional positive regard, relentless empathy and mindfulness  informs my work.  Rather than letting clients identify with their story and get lost in the maze of the mind, I draw  attention to what is happening in the present moment. By slowing down and focusing on the here and now, a deeper level of truth arises.

It’s exciting that the  research on  mindfulness and neuroscience is burgeoning. Neuroplasticity, 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.

I am fascinated by the body and it’s inherent wisdom. I’ve  been studying somatic work for years. Somatic work is extremely effective in dealing with trauma, regulating the nervous system and accessing realms of deep knowing.  I have been teaching Yoga since 2001.  I am highly skilled at observing body language.  As a Yoga therapist I use simple yogic practices to help manage anxiety and stress.

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 $130/hour for individual counselling and $160/hour for couples (fees include 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