Individual Counselling

My approach to working with individuals starts with building a warm and supportive relationship by creating an atmosphere of safety, comfort and ultimate relaxation. Clients are always able to enjoy a warm beverage, remove their shoes, choose to sit inside by the fireplace or outside overlooking the creek and, weather permitting, take time after their session to reflect and meditate by the creek. My process allows for a complete, client-centered exploration of the various challenges, concerns and questions the client may have. Through supportive and skillful exploration, clients quickly gain new insight, a sense of clarity and an overall feeling of control and confidence.

Family Counselling

Family counselling addresses specific issues that affect the psychological well-being of families, such as parenting challenges, life transitions, mental health concerns and addictions. My work with families can include as many or as few family members as the family chooses. Together, we create a concrete, goal-oriented plan, and ultimately, through support with its implementation, families can expect to improve communication, develop problem-solving and coping skills and, most importantly, create or enhance a loving sense of connectedness.

Childrens’ Counselling & Youth Counselling

Many people assume that play is just fun and games or a way for children to pass the time. However, imaginative and creative play is an absolutely vital means of supporting children’s cognitive growth and emotional adjustment. Through play, children learn to express feelings, make decisions, cope with difficult situations, and develop self-confidence, assertiveness and a positive self-image.

Unlike adults, children are developmentally unequipped to communicate about their inner world by talking about it. Since play is a child’s natural mode of communication, play therapy offers children a unique and safe way to play out their thoughts, feelings and problems.

In my practice, I use tools such as sand, figurines, puppets and various drawing materials that are designed to encourage fantasy play and enable the child to “work” through difficult emotions. I apply various developmentally appropriate techniques that support children in learning to let go of negative and restrictive feelings and develop coping mechanisms that can be used in their everyday lives.

Skype and Phone Counselling

For clients who are located outside of my immediate area, who are travelling or who have difficulty accessing my studio, I offer both telephone and Skype sessions.  Please note that new clients must submit my standard forms and payment before the beginning of the counselling session.  Please contact me for further information.