As your therapist, I provide a safe place for you to share your problems.
You begin by telling me your story and describing what you want from therapy. I will ask you some questions about the history of the problems you are experiencing.
I will listen to both your words and what your body seems to be saying (e.g. how you are moving and breathing as you speak). This way I can come to fully understand you and know how to guide our work together.
Your role is to be as open and honest as you can about your feelings, thoughts, and behaviours. If this feels difficult at first, it will become easier as our relationship grows. You only have to reveal what you feel comfortable revealing.
Being open about yourself may be part of the challenge you are facing in your life, and if so, we will work on making it more comfortable for you.
My Counselling Style is Collaborative, Empathic and Patient
The quality of the relationship between therapist and client has been shown to be the most important factor in healing. I will, therefore, do my best to ensure you are satisfied with our therapeutic relationship.
I will tailor therapy to fit you and your needs. This means that sometimes I will take a gentle role, and other times, a more directive role. I will ask for your feedback about what is helpful for you.
We’ll explore how our relationship reflects your relationship with others in the world.
For example, if you feel insecure in some of your relationships, we may explore if, and how, these feelings exist in your relationship with me. Dealing with them in the “here and now” makes them much easier to work with and resolve.
I help you increase your confidence and capacity to manage feelings or experiences that are uncomfortable for you.
It may seem hard to believe, but sometimes you can “shift” your experience by simply “being with” the difficult emotions and experiences as fully as possible. When it comes to anxiety and depression, often what thwarts your ability to change is that you run into discomfort. We can pace your therapy to deal with discomfort and find comfort with what used to be uncomfortable.
Sometimes results happen very quickly in therapy. At other times, one must be patient while making continuous progress.
Regardless of how long it takes to alleviate your suffering, I assure you that I will be patient and committed. Together, we will look at whatever it takes to help you feel better.
If you resonate with how I work and want to find out more about how I can help, book a free 30-minute consultation with me in my therapy office in Vancouver, or by phone.