Frequently Asked Questions
Asking questions about what to expect in counselling promotes a deeper understanding of the process, tailored guidance, and informed decisions on what counselling can provide. It enhances trust between you and your counsellor, leading to effective communication and personalized support.
Questions clarify concerns, demystify the therapeutic journey, and empowers you to actively engage in your mental and emotional well-being.
Inquiring about practices and services (assessments, rates, duration, CBT, EMDR and LENS, etc.) helps you to be well informed for your individual needs. Addressing concerns about the process, duration, and therapist expertise establishes trust and collaboration.
You can get a better understanding of the methodologies, effectiveness, and potential outcomes of these therapies, empowering you to make choices aligned with your needs, (e.g. individual therapy, depression, anxiety therapy, couples therapy, family therapy, Veterans and First Responders and their families, parenting and anger management etc.). Ultimately enhancing the quality and effectiveness of your counselling service.
Counselling provides a safe space to explore your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. By working together with a counsellor, you can learn to better manage stress and negative emotions, improve your relationships, and improve your quality of life.
If you’re looking to make your first step, call me to learn how counselling could benefit you.
I specialize in various treatments, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization (EMDR), Low Energy Neurofeedback System (LENS), and Mindfulness techniques. Through CBT, clients gain tools to reshape thought patterns. EMDR facilitates trauma processing, while LENS supports neurological regulation. Mindfulness cultivates present-moment awareness. This integrated method fosters holistic healing, addressing cognitive, emotional, neurological, and behavioural aspects of anxiety therapy, couples therapy, family therapy, Veterans and First Responders and their families, parenting and anger management. Using this approach clients develop coping skills, process trauma, and enhance self-awareness, leading to lasting positive change.
My therapeutic approach centres on recognizing how our identities within relationships shape us (family, work, marriage etc). It emphasizes empathetic care and acknowledges each person's uniqueness. By fostering an environment of understanding and compassion, I focus on helping individuals succeed in their personal growth. This approach emphasizes the value of seeing and genuinely caring for each individual, promoting healing through connection, self-discovery, and mutual respect.
Counselling can be beneficial for individuals facing various challenges or seeking personal growth. Setting counselling goals in good faith is vital to establish clear intentions, promoting a trusting therapeutic partnership. Collaborative goal-setting provides a safe and non-judgmental space for you to explore your thoughts. emotions, and empowers you to work towards your goals. Whether you are experiencing specific issues such as anxiety, trauma, relationship difficulties, or simply want support and guidance, counselling can provide a safe and non-judgmental space for you to explore your thoughts. emotions, and work towards your goals.
Psychotherapy is a therapeutic process involving confidential conversations between a trained therapist and an individual, couple, or group. It aims to address emotional difficulties, mental health issues, and behavioural challenges. Through these guided discussions, clients explore thoughts, emotions, and behaviours, gaining insight and learning coping strategies. Psychotherapy facilitates personal growth, enhances self-awareness, and helps individuals navigate life's complexities more effectively.
LENS (Low Energy Neurofeedback System) therapy is a non-invasive neurofeedback technique. It involves gentle electromagnetic pulses to stimulate brainwave activity, aiming to regulate brain function and calm the nervous system. LENS address’s conditions like anxiety, depression, ADHD, and cognitive issues. LENS is painless and doesn't require conscious effort from the client. LENS therapy aims to improve emotional regulation, and cognitive performance.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy is a structured psychotherapy approach primarily used for trauma treatment. It involves bilateral stimulation, like eye movements or taps, to help process distressing memories and associated emotions. EMDR aims to alleviate the emotional charge of traumatic experiences, such as post-traumatic street disorder (PTSD), allowing individuals to reprocess and integrate memories more adaptively. This technique fosters emotional healing and can lead to reduced distress, improved mental health, and enhanced overall functioning.
Integrating EMDR and LENS holds promise in offering a holistic approach to healing. EMDR targets traumatic memories and their emotional impact, while LENS supports brainwave regulation, aiding emotional regulation and cognitive function. Together, they address psychological and physiological aspects, potentially accelerating the therapeutic process and promoting comprehensive recovery. This integration harnesses the power of both therapies to provide a more encompassing and personalized solution for trauma-related challenges.
I am experienced in working with diverse populations and have helped individuals from various backgrounds find healing and restoration. I am a BCPFFA Endorsed Silver Level Service Provider who has experience working with Veterans and First Responders. My practice is LGBTQ+-affirming and culturally sensitive, committed to providing an inclusive and non-judgmental space for all clients.
To get started, you can book a 30 minute consultation here. This initial consultation is an opportunity for you to ask questions, discuss your expectations, and determine if we are a good fit. During the first session, I will typically gather information about your concerns, personal history, and goals for therapy. I may ask you questions to better understand your needs and tailor my approach accordingly.
Office Location: 1617 Taylor St, Port Coquitlam, BC V3C 4G7