Over 20 years of
EXPERIENCE IN COUNSELLING
In-person, phone, and online services
One-to-one counselling services are designed to foster growth through promotion of individual strengths, while addressing personal issues or challenging circumstances in a supported environment. In this collaborative process, therapeutic issues and needs are determined through a comprehensive assessment process and an individualized approach and treatment plan are subsequently tailored to address all presenting concerns. In this manner, clients are empowered to make the necessary changes in their lives in order to improve their overall mental health and general well-being. Mental health exists on a continuum for all individuals and regardless of diagnoses, or lack thereof, there are always helpful strategies that can be implemented through the therapeutic process in order to constructively transform one's circumstances.
Areas of experience include: substance use issues/relapse prevention, depression and/or mood disorders, anxiety, trauma, interpersonal/relationship concerns, disordered eating, excessive gambling, internet overuse, obsessive sexual behaviours, anger management/behavioural issues, cultural adjustment/settlement issues, and other personal concerns. Assessment and consultation with legal representation and/or other public service agencies is available upon request, as well as progress reporting for the purpose of court proceedings and other legal processes.
Couples counselling is designed to help partners effectively communicate with each other and learn ways in which to listen non-judgmentally, so that both partners feel heard and understood. Throughout the course of the couples counselling sessions, partners will learn to work through relationship issues in a safe and constructive manner, and with therapeutic guidance, couples will develop new skills to prevent undesired patterns from resurfacing. Couples will learn to work with each other to find solutions to existing relationship issues in order to become proactive and preventative in their approach to their relationship.
An initial assessment is conducted collaboratively with both partners to determine the needs, services and counselling approach best suited to each individual, as well as with the couple as a whole. Couples will attend counselling sessions together in order to achieve progress in both their intra- and interpersonal relationships and depending on the circumstance, one or both partners within the couple may be assessed to benefit from individual counselling as well. Some of the common relationship issues addressed may include: reconciliation amongst couples, communication issues, new parents/changes to couple’s dynamic, cross-cultural relationships, infidelity, and separating/divorcing couples.
Families, as a system, can often develop their own unique norms, rules and dynamics, and with it comes a different level of complexity when considering insight into the problems that arise within a family group. Family counselling provides loved ones with new perspectives on family dynamics and fosters the development of necessary communication tools to create unified and healthy relationships.
In this open and safe environment, families learn how to utilize their struggles as a catalyst for growth, whether this is due to existing communication styles and familial relationship problems, or the result of a new event, such as illness within the family or the death of a loved one. Family counselling allows different members of the family to have an equal voice with which to speak and be heard, and provides the necessary tools and therapeutic guidance for the development of unity and harmony within the family.
While conventional access to mental health services typically falls on the shoulders of the individual requiring assistance, this act of reaching out can sometimes prove to be a challenging first step on the road to improving one’s mental health. At times, your loved ones may face psychological and personal crises that they are unable to adequately address with existing resources. They may be in active states of denial and rationalization regarding their harmful behaviours or they may be experiencing fear, shame and self-stigma that further prevents them from seeking professional help. Despite the best of intentions, family members and friends may not have the requisite knowledge and understanding of the psychological issue at hand to act accordingly in crises, while established relationship dynamics and communication patterns can cause further strain in an already difficult situation.
Crisis intervention services provide a professionally guided, successive, and unbiased process to connect your loved one to the long-term psychological support needed to assist them, both during and after the crisis situation. A pre-intervention is conducted prior to the intervention, so as to outline roles within the collaborative process, provide knowledge and understanding of the psychological issue at hand, as well as discuss potential outcomes and details. During the crisis intervention, your loved one is guided towards recognition and acceptance of the need for professional assistance with regards to their psychological/behavioural issues in a safe, loving and supported environment. Requisite referrals to external service providers, as well as coordination of all logistics and details, will be conducted as part of the crisis intervention process. While every crisis situation differs, some examples of psychological/behavioural concerns that may warrant a crisis intervention include: substance use issues involving alcohol, illicit and/or prescribed drugs, issues with anger management, excessive gambling, internet overuse, obsessive sexual behaviours, disordered eating, mood disorder concerns etc.
Effective Communication and Conflict Resolution Workshop
Communication styles differ between every person, and regardless of whether this is verbal, written or non-verbal, it is essential for group members to understand the subtle differences that may exist between individuals. In any given environment, conflict often arises as a result of differences in communication styles, which can be detrimental for all parties involved. When ignored, conflict often leads to a breakdown in group dynamics, resulting in irreparable and long-lasting damages to both personal and professional relationships.
When conflict is dealt with constructively, tension and misunderstanding can be transformed into increased acceptance of differences, manifesting in personal development and collective growth. This in-depth workshop helps to explore communication differences, in order to foster an inclusive, respectful and supportive environment for individuals to thrive together. Provided in consultation with group leaders in order to ensure alignment to group dynamics, this training can be tailored to best suit the specific needs of the group, workplace or organization.
Substance Use Issues - Education & Prevention Workshop
The impact of substance use issues is a societal problem that does not discriminate between class, race, age, or gender. This costly global phenomenon results in economic losses and decreased productivity in the workplace, as well as an increased burden on social services and health care systems around the world. With regards to alcohol and both prescribed and illicit narcotics, more people than ever before are finding themselves struggling to deal with the psychological, social, and physical ramifications of substance use issues.
This workshop teaches participants about the ways in which various substances change the psychology and physiology of the human body. Participants are taught to recognize the signs and symptoms of an individual under the influence, patterns of regular use, behavioural and social issues that may arise as a result of problematic consumption, as well as the impacts upon family, social settings, and the workplace. The impacts of stigma upon substance use issues are examined as a means for participants to understand the consequences of ostracization, and to reduce any potential judgement, labelling or shaming of the individual facing this problem. The importance of timely intervention, support systems and referrals are further discussed to provide additional resources to participants.
Globalization has vastly changed the cultural landscape of many workplaces as the world becomes increasingly connected and rich in interwoven traditions, customs and norms. Individuals and communities have come together in the workplace, melding varying methods of communication and different histories and backgrounds into the same working environment. Without workplace policies that incorporate psychological insight, it can be difficult for employees and management to achieve cohesion, and workplace expectations can be challenging to navigate with ineffective guidelines in place.
Professional consultation services offer employers and management the opportunity to develop workplace policies with the assistance of a psychological professional for the purpose of setting clarifying guidelines. In consultation with management and depending on the needs of each corporate environment, policies and guidelines may include topics such as: substance use policies, company communication guidelines, anger and/or behavioural management, conflict resolution policies, as well as workplace morale and productivity recommendations. Further to workplace policy consultation, professional consultation services may be of benefit to agencies and corporations working with clients in need of psychological consults, assessments, referrals and/or ongoing counselling services.