My Therapeutic Approach
You are a complex human being. One size does not fit all.
For this reason I offer a variety of evidence based approaches. We will work together to find the approach that works best for you. I believe in teaching you the skills and helping you develop the resilience it takes to be your own therapist! (That’s right...I’m working myself out of a job!)
Motivational Interviewing (MI)
MI is less of a therapeutic approach and more of a way of being.
You are the expert in your life. You call the shots.
My job is to help you make the changes that YOU want to make in your life.
It is normal to wrestle with ambivalence (Do I stay the same? Or do I make a change?) and I am here to help you stay motivated and aligned to what is most important to you.
Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
The goal of DBT is to help you build a life worth living.
Many people seek DBT when they are experiencing painful emotions or suicidal thoughts and perhaps have developed some unhelpful patterns of coping (ex. self harm, substance misuse, risky sexual behaviours etc). What is different about DBT is that it not just focuses on change, but also on acceptance.
I am here to help guide you through learning to tolerate uncomfortable feelings while also developing strategies that move you closer to your goal of living a meaningful life.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
CBT is an evidence based approach that has been proven effective for a wide range of issues. It explores
the connection between your thoughts- feelings- and behaviours. Together we will look at how changing your mindset and your habits can have a positive impact on your life.
CBT aims to disrupt the automatic, self-critical way we tend to talk to ourselves. It also explores what behaviours might be not be serving you well. Together, we will work towards increasing your self-compassion and developing new skills to ease your distress while improving your satisfaction with life.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Our brains are beautifully designed to allow us to recover from all kinds of traumatic and stressful events.
This process involves communication between the amygdala (the alarm signal for stressful events), the hippocampus (which assists with learning, including memories about safety and danger), and the prefrontal cortex (which analyzes and controls behaviour and emotion).
While many times traumatic experiences can be managed and resolved spontaneously, sometimes our brains need a bit of help. EMDR therapy helps the brain process memories, and allows normal healing to resume.
Originally designed to treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), EMDR is now being used to effectively treat depression, anxiety, shame, traumatic grief and loss, substance misuse, performance enhancement and much more!
EMDR allows you to feel at peace with the past, empowered in the present and able to make intentional choices in the future.
Positive Psychology is the scientific study of the strengths that help people thrive.
It is about being more than just “ok.”
What we know from the research is that happiness, character strengths and good social relationships act as buffers against life’s disappointments and setbacks.
Together we will work on increasing your positive emotions, developing a sense of hope, nurturing a practice of gratitude and strengthening your sense of connection and belonging.
The Daring Way™
✓ Are you ready to let go of what other people think of you and starting living from a place of authenticity?
✓ Do you want to be bolder, take more risks, live in alignment with your values by shaking off all the things that keep you small?
✓ Would you like to be more resilient and better equipped to deal with the challenges life throws your way?
If you answered YES to any of the above, Daring Way™ might be just what you’re looking for!
As a certified facilitator, trained in the empirically based curriculum of Dr. Brené Brown’s research, we can explore how you want to show up, be seen and live a braver life. The heart of this work is addressing shame, the painful belief that you are not enough.
Many of us find ways of numbing this pain, ranging from substance misuse, hustling for likes on social media, binge watching Netflix, perfectionism to overeating. Or maybe you've been playing it safe and staying small. You've avoided taking risks or making a change and now you feel stuck in your life.
Together we will work on cultivating the knowledge that you have worth and value. You will develop courage, compassion and resiliency skills that will transform the way you live, love, parent and lead.
I want to be in the arena. I want to be brave with my life. And when we make the choice to dare greatly, we sign up to get our asses kicked. We can choose courage or we can choose comfort, but we can’t have both.
Coaching for Clinicians
What is coaching?
The International Coach Federation (ICF) defines coaching as “partnering with clients in a thought- provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential"
Coaching for mental health practitioners
Working in the field of mental health and addiction is often deeply rewarding, but it can be challenging at times as well. We are often faced with complex cases, broken systems and stories that pull at our heart strings. Burnout out, secondary trauma and compassion fatigue are all too common in this field of work.
Coaching can you find the job satisfaction and personal gratification that help you to stay motivated in the face of chronic negative stress and constantly increasing demands, complexity and change.
Signs of Burnout:
Increased feelings of emotional exhaustion where you feel you have nothing left to give
Depersonalisation where you might find yourself responding to persistent stress by developing negative, cynical attitudes and feelings about your clients
Reduced personal accomplishment where you start to view your work negatively and feel dissatisfied with your accomplishments
Coaching for peak performance
All too often, we find ourselves rushing from client-to-client, meeting-to-meeting or crisis-to-crisis. Call it use-of-self, reflection or self-management, gone are the days when we think of clinicians as blank slates. You are whole people showing up to do important, meaningful work with clients who need you to be at your peak performance. You do deeply personal work with others, but when was the last time you carved out time for your own purposeful reflection?
Coaching is an opportunity to slow down and make some intentional decisions about your next steps. It can help you leverage your strengths effectively and increase your awareness to personal blind spots. It helps you gain clarity and alignment to the values that guide your practice.
Values. What's important to me? What brings out my best self?
Vision. How do I want to grow? What do I want to create for myself?
Competency. What do I bring to the table? What value do I have, and how should this grow over time? What do I need to get to the next level?
Relationships. Who’s supporting me? Who gives me resilience and validation? Who can I learn from?