My approach to counselling is client-centered. This means that our work is guided by your personal needs, goals, and lived experiences. Working together, we foster a deeper awareness and appreciation of the strength and resiliency within you.
This is your time. You are the expert on your own needs and how your experiences impact your life. I offer my counselling experience and education, but we work together to explore what would be supportive, work best to bolster your growth, and empower you outside of sessions. We create realistic goals for growth, and I will continually check in with you and ask for feedback to ensure that we are on the right path for you.
We also work together to determine the appropriate length of therapy for you. I can work with you within a few brief sessions, on an "as needed" basis, or long-term.
I will dedicate our first session to asking you a series of questions about you and your life. We take more time in this first session to explore your needs, your life experiences, and your goals for counselling. This is an extended session (75 minutes). There is no extra fee for the extended session.
If you feel at any point that our work isn't fulfilling your needs, I strongly encourage you to let me know. We can address your concerns together. If your needs fall outside of my expertise or experience, or if you just feel like we're not the right fit, I am happy to refer you to other professionals or agencies.
Therapy is not a one-size-fits-all endeavor. I work holistically, drawing from a variety of theoretical approaches that respond to your needs and goals. These approaches are based on best-practice guidelines and evidence-based research.
I have received graduate-level training in the following therapeutic approaches, which we can use as needed throughout the therapeutic process:
Emotion-Focused Individual Therapy
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Cognitive Processing Therapy
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
For example, if you are struggling with negative thoughts about yourself, we may use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to address distorted thinking, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to strengthen self-acceptance, and Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT) to develop self-compassion. If we find that past traumas underlie these negative thoughts, we may turn to Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) to uncover harmful beliefs about yourself that are rooted in life experiences.
To book a session, or to learn more, please contact me.