My counselling approach is grounded in the evidence-based practices of Attachment Theory as it allows me to help clients make sense of their lived experiences, embrace who they are and begin to heal. When working with children and teens, I encourage parents to be involved in the therapeutic process as they play a significant role in encouraging, modelling, and mentoring.
Counselling is a unique process that does not have a one-size-fits-all approach. My job is to adjust to meet each client’s needs and appreciate their unique story. To do so, I integrate modalities to deepen my understanding of problems and facilitate change. For example, EMDR is an excellent tool to heal past traumatic experiences. Motivational interviewing can help clients clarify goals and identify barriers to change. Narrative therapy allows clients to externalize problems and begin rewriting their story. Solution focused therapy can guide clients to uncover internal and external strengths. The process of expressive arts can expand a client’s expression of their stories in creative ways including art, music, dance, or movement.
“People have said, ‘Don’t cry’ to other people for years and years, and all it has ever meant is, ‘I’m too uncomfortable when you show your feelings. Don’t cry.’ I’d rather have them say, ‘Go ahead and cry. I’m here to be with you.’”
— Fred Rogers