I am pleased to be able to offer Vancouver and Burnaby-based services in the following areas of practice.
Counselling is a shorter-term process during which we will work on a specific concern of yours to effect positive change. The duration of counselling varies depending on the person and the issue. For example, you may be experiencing feelings of anxiety and/or panic. While we can usually decrease the panic with one or two sessions, you may want to continue to further understand the anxiety, and learn and practice techniques for managing the thoughts and feelings which lead to anxiety. Often, your learnings will apply naturally to others areas of your life, thus producing further positive outcomes.
Psychotherapy tends to be a longer-term healing and change process. One reason people seek out psychodynamic psychotherapy is to help resolve current or historical trauma which they notice have produced negative affects in their lives today. Psychodynamic therapy focuses on the psychological roots of emotional suffering. Its hallmarks are self-reflection and self-examination, and the use of the relationship between therapist and client as a window into problematic relationship patterns in the client’s life. The essence of psychodynamic therapy is exploring those aspects of self that are not fully known. Its goal is not only to alleviate the most obvious symptoms but to help people lead healthier, happier lives.
I have had the pleasure of providing clinical supervision for counsellors and therapists residing and practicing not only in Vancouver and Burnaby, but across Canada, to clinicians working in non-profit counselling and EFAP programs, as well as those in Private Practice. Clinical supervision is a vital part of learning and honing our therapeutic skills. Throughout my career, I have consulted regularly with Senior Clinicians who foster insight, mentorship and guidance. In turn, I have been able as a clinical supervisor, to provide a safe space for clinicians to feel understood and supported in their important work with clients. Clinicians find me to be compassionate, knowledgeable, and quick to understand and offer relevant and concise help. You can expect to feel supported, to increase your clinical knowledge, and receive help navigating transference and countertransference, ethical, clinical frame, and professional boundary issues.
…the evidence indicates that the benefits of psychodynamic treatment are lasting and not just transitory and appear to extend well beyond symptom remission. For many people, psychodynamic therapy may foster inner resources and capacities that allow richer, freer, and more fulfilling lives.
– American Psychologist, Feb-March 2010