MY SPECIALTIES & COUNSELLING INTERESTS
Individual counselling provides an opportunity to create a therapeutic relationship centred around the client. It is rare in our day-to-day lives that someone has the undivided attention of another adult. I believe this is one of the many aspects that makes individual counselling so successful. When the client is provided with an opportunity to express the feelings and describe their experiences, without judgment or need for filtering, it leads them to a deepened level of self understanding.
With all the pressures of our fast paced world, it is not uncommon for a person to find themselves experiencing aspects of depression or even have a depression disorder diagnosis. In fact, approximately 8% of adults will experience a major depressive episode. Through a combination of self-care and behavioural therapy/coping strategies I work with clients to help them find ways to actively participate in changes that I believe can lighten the intensity of depressive moods/episodes and alter one's outlook on life.
All relationships have conflict. However, there are definitely healthy ways to work through conflict that can assist in forming stronger, more positive connections. Through modelling and practice, I work with clients to find helpful communication methods that can assist in building trust in relationships. In addition to conflict resolution (or healthy arguing), sometimes a client may find themselves wondering whether their current relationship has run its course. When this occurs I work with clients to deepen the understanding of their own values and make a decision that is inline with these values. I believe this provides clients with both a sense of control and self-advocacy as they look forward in their our life.
ANXIETY & STRESS
We all get stressed. And furthermore, we all feel anxious. However, sometimes a person's ability to manage stress or anxiety can decrease rather rapidly. I work with clients to help them develop grounding strategies that can help decrease the initial intensity of the experience, and then from there, take on an an individual approach where we consider anxiety provoking situations and behavioural strategies to find success amidst the stressor.