I provide a range of services depending on each person's needs, goals, and presenting problems. My approach as a psychologist is to assist people to explore and let go of unhelpful patterns and attachments, increase mindfulness, and develop new pathways and skills. I offer a range of flexible services for individuals, couples, adolescents, and children. Furthermore, I can provide input and treatment for a range of issues noted below. However, I recognize and work with each individual's humanity rather than necessarily applying such labels.
- Generalized Anxiety and Worry
- Panic Disorder
- Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Trauma reactions
- Relationship Issues
- Anger and Frustration
- Adjustment and Grief
- Eating Disorders
- Drug and Alcohol Dependence/abuse
- Personality Disorders
Through our experiences we develop certain behaviours, coping strategies, and defence mechanisms. We develop these defences to try and push vulnerable or painful feelings and conflicts out of our conscious awareness. Psychodynamic therapy is a process that helps us to become aware of our defences and metabolize our unprocessed feelings. For example, in an abusive environment we might learn that it is safer to suppress and block feelings of anger and frustration. As a consequence we might develop greater levels of anxiety and panic in situations of conflict rather than express our needs in a healthy way. Although, this is a simplistic example, there are numerous ways that our anxiety and defences constrict and limit us.
COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL THERAPY
Often unhelpful thoughts (e.g. I am no good) and beliefs contribute to emotional patterns such as anxiety, sadness, and anger. CBT involves identifying and challenging these unhelpful thoughts and beliefs. If we consistently have negative thoughts about ourselves, performance, other people, and/or the world then we may become stumped with issues such as depression, anxiety, and anger. For example, if we constantly have thoughts that other people are against us then we might habitually feel angered, frustrated, or threatened. CBT also aims to reduce problem behaviours such as avoidance and withdrawal.
EMOTION FOCUSED THERAPY
Contained within our emotional experience is often a wealth of meaning. Furthermore, each emotion can come with a specific set of sensations, motivations, and functions. For example, shame often makes us feel over-exposed, like there is something unworthy or wrong with ourselves. As a result we might want to hide away or cover our face. Emotion focused therapy involves focusing on and processing emotional and somatic experiences. EFT helps people to move past unhealthy patterns of emotional experience by accessing, understanding, and processing blocked emotions such as sadness or anger.
Often in life we get distracted by a number of thoughts or memories about the past or worry about the future. These tendencies of the mind can distract us from living a more fulfilling life in the here and now. Mindfulness is the art of learning to pay attention to the present moment - Jon Kabat-Zinn. It is the practice of staying grounded in the present moment and experience rather than being distracted by our stream of thoughts. By practicing mindfulness we can gradually learn to let go of unhelpful thoughts and feelings and to engage more fully in life.