Counselling

The courage that it takes for someone to enter the counselling room cannot be underestimated. 

Counselling is about connection; it is about the relationship that is built and the willingness for both the client and the counsellor be be present, honest, and open.

I have a range of experience working with individuals, couples, families, and groups who are experiencing hardship and looking to grow through challenging situations. Counselling is a process that takes trust and commitment, therefore, it is important that clients are well informed when deciding who to open up to.

 

Please take a moment to look through this page to find out more about who I work with and the approach I take to my clinical work.

My Approach

 

I draw on an eclectic array of techniques and approaches to counselling and psychotherapy. Although there are many theories and models that inform my practice, I am always interested in finding out which approach will work best with each of my clients.

Maintaining a client centered and strengths based approach is central to the therapeutic relationship. I value feedback and may, with client consent, implement certain outcome measurement tools.

Counselling has to work for you and so I encourage conversation about the therapeutic process so we can work through any barriers or reservations.

 

I created a list that outlines my practice framework. Some of the items have links to more information. I encourage you to google some of these to see if they might be a fit for you.

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  • Stress reduction techniques

  • Cognitive behavioural approaches

  • Trauma sensitive and informed

  • Mindfulness based psychotherapy

  • Grief and bereavement

  • Task-oriented and solution-focused

  • Humanistic therapies (Existential or 'meaning making')

  • Feedback and accountability

  • Philosophical and pragmatic approaches

  • Spirituality and multi-faith perspectives

  • Music, art, body movement, and creative expression

  • Education and homework

  • Assessments and other diagnostic tools

Who I Work With

 

I am open to working with children, adolescents, adults, and seniors who present with a variety of issues or challenges relating to:

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  • Stress management

  • Personal growth

  • Sex, sexuality, and gender

  • Trauma and situational distress

  • Sleep problems

  • Critical incident debriefing

  • Anger management

  • Parenting concerns

  • Anxiety and depression

  • Grief and loss

  • Healthy boundaries and relationships 

  • Harassment and discrimination

  • Workplace injuries

  • Life transitions

  • Career and goal planning

Documents and Forms

 

Please follow the links below to access my forms and documents:

Insurance and Payment

 

I am linked up with Alberta Blue Cross, Medavie Blue Cross, and Green Shield to provide direct billing for their clients. If you are not under one of these plans, your invoices can be submitted for reimbursement through other insurance providers as well.

My fee is $150 per hour.

 

If you have been referred to me by an approved referring agency or individual, you may be eligible to receive free or sliding scale services.

I accept payment via credit card, cheque, and e-transfer.

Commitment and Accountability

 

My commitment to you is to ensure that you receive evidence based and professional services. My services are guided by the Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) and the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association's (CCPA) Codes of Ethics and Standards of Practice.

I am a Registered Social Worker (RSW) with the Alberta College of Social Worker (ACSW), as well as a member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) and the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH). I also regularly engage in continuing competency by attending specialized trainings and workshops on a range of topics related to my practice.

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