My Therapeutic Counselling Approach Is
- Collaborative – I view you as the expert and believe the answers lie within you. My role is to help increase awareness of your inner and outer resources.
- Grounded in respect for who you are as an individual. I take into consideration that people are all unique and have various ways of processing their experiences so I tailor each counselling session to your particular style of interacting and learning.
- Governed by the importance of focusing on the goals that are a priority for you.
Frame Work and Counselling Modalities
I often utilize a bio-psycho-social-spiritual framework which means I explore your problems from a holistic perspective.
I draw from a number of counselling modalities including the following:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy [CBT]which is guided by the philosophy that the way you think strongly impacts how you feel, behave, and react to situations and people. Often our thinking becomes somewhat distorted or skewed resulting in unnecessary personal discomfort, anxiety or depression. CBT helps you discover ways to reframe your thinking and consider things from a different perspective which helps alleviate stress.
- Motivational Interviewing is a client centered approach that encourages you to explore and resolve your ambivalence about behaviour change.
- Strengths Based Counselling focuses on the positive things that exist with your life as well as the inherent skills, strengths, and resources that you already possess. This model helps you to use those skills as building blocks to better tackle challenges and approach problem-solving in a new, more productive way.
- Brief, Solution Focused Therapy is based the belief that sometimes only the smallest of changes is necessary to set in motion a solution and therefore it is not always necessary to understand that cause of a problem. It recognizes there are always times when you are doing some of the solution and therapy involves helping you find ways to do more of “what is working” so you can achieve your goals.
- Mindfulness and Relaxation Therapy focuses on the unity of mind and body and is based on the belief that there a connection between being healthy and being more conscious. Emphasis is on cultivating awareness and acceptance of the present moment through meditation. Mindfulness practice is ideal for observing how unconscious thoughts, feelings, and behaviors can undermine emotional, physical, and spiritual health. The mind is known to be a factor in stress and stress-related disorders, and meditation has been shown to positively affect a range of autonomic physiological processes, such as lowering blood pressure and reducing overall arousal and emotional reactivity.
- Family Systems Therapy explores how individuals are best understood within the context of their family and relationships. The roles, beliefs, feelings, and communication patterns that people adopt are strongly influenced by those close to them particularly the family we grew up with. A family systems approach helps you to improve on managing emotions and communicate better, learn to set boundaries, and make better decisions.
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy [DBT] is a treatment model for individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder and those with binge-eat, self-harm, or have repeated suicidal thoughts.
When working with couples I primarily use the Gottman approach created by Dr. John Gottman, Ph.D. It is an evidence based approach that focuses on issues such as conflict management and the importance of connectivity, humor, and positive interactions within your relationship. It provides practical tools and techniques to help you interact with your partner in a more positive and productive manner.
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