My work with individuals begins with an assessment that focuses on current personal and environmental challenges, personal and familial histories, and client strengths. I team with my clients to help them develop and achieve meaningful goals by using a range of treatment options to best fit the individual. These include psychodynamic therapy, narrative therapy, brief solution-focused therapy, relational therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy. I strongly believe in the efficacy of mindfulness-based stress reduction and motivational interviewing techniques to help clients achieve meaningful change and maintain their progress.
I primarily use emotionally focused therapy (EFT), an evidence-based treatment approach to help couples struggling in their relationship by helping to reduce distress and by creating more secure attachment bonds. After an initial consult, I meet with each partner individually to help assess historical and current relational patterns. This helps to identify negative interaction cycles that can inadvertently sabotage intimacy. Other EFT steps include de-escalation, expanding and heightening positive emotion, re-engagement and softening, and finally, consolidation. Your initial free of charge consult will help to determine if your relationship could benefit from this approach.
I provide one-on-one clinical supervision to psychotherapists and other mental health professionals. I also offer on-site group clinical consultation for therapists, social workers, students and other members of multi-disciplinary teams in community-based mental health and addiction agencies. I specialize in concurrent disorders (mental health with co-occurring addiction issues) and operate primarily from a evidence-based harm reduction framework. I have provided extensive clinical supervision to therapists working with youth, families, homeless populations and people from LGBTQ communities. I also educate community-based workers to help their agencies become trauma-informed service providers.