Considering the global COVID-19 pandemic, we have implemented both the use of video counselling as well as strict protocols for our in-person services.
Video & Phone Counselling
Research has shown that online counselling can be just as effective, and in some cases more effective than in-person counselling sessions, allowing for more flexibility and the ability to work together from the comforts of your own home.
To meet security and confidentiality requirements, we are using Jane, which is utilized by many healthcare professionals and meets strict worldwide security requirements. It is amazingly simple and easy to use. All you will require is a device that connects to the internet and has a working camera.
This is an incredibly challenging global period and now, more than ever, counselling can be a powerful means of working through difficult emotions, facilitating personal and interpersonal growth, and creating connection. In my experience both adults and children can yield significant results utilizing this platform.
Please contact us for more information. I am looking forward to working with you.
Our approach to working with individuals starts with building a warm and supportive relationship by creating an atmosphere of safety and comfort. Together we create a treatment plan, including specific goals and outcomes our clients wish to achieve, while allowing for a complete, client-centered exploration of the various challenges, concerns and questions the client may have. By adhering to the treatment plan, utilizing leading therapeutic interventions, and collaboratively measuring progress and outcome, clients quickly gain new insight, a sense of clarity and an overall improvement.
We utilize leading research-based couples therapy approaches to help couples resolve relationship problems, such as communication challenges, while facilitating reconnection and deepening passion and love.
Usually Couples attend the first session together. In this initial session, we learn about their history as a couple, review their reasons for coming to counselling, their expectations for the relationship and for therapy. In the second session we usually meet individually with one member of the couple and then the other. Here we learn more about each as individuals and their respective commitment to the relationship. We then help target areas for change and clarify goals. Sessions will always start by addressing immediate issues and then will progress to skill building in the areas targeted for needing improvement.
Family counselling addresses specific issues that affect the psychological well-being of families, such as parenting challenges, life transitions, mental health concerns and addictions. Our work with families can include as many or as few family members as the family chooses. Together, we create a concrete, goal-oriented plan, and ultimately, through support with its implementation, families can expect to improve communication, develop problem-solving and coping skills and, most importantly, create or enhance a loving sense of connectedness.
Child & Youth Counselling
Many people assume that play is just fun and games or a way for children to pass the time. However, imaginative and creative play is an absolutely vital means of supporting children’s cognitive growth and emotional adjustment. Through play, children learn to express feelings, make decisions, cope with difficult situations, and develop self-confidence, assertiveness and a positive self-image.
Unlike adults, children are developmentally unequipped to communicate about their inner world by talking about it. Since play is a child’s natural mode of communication, play therapy offers children a unique and safe way to play out their thoughts, feelings and problems.
In our practice, we use tools such as sand, figurines, puppets and various drawing materials that are designed to encourage fantasy play and enable the child to “work” through difficult emotions. We apply various developmentally appropriate techniques that support children in learning to let go of negative and restrictive feelings and develop coping mechanisms that can be used in their everyday lives.