Benefits of Counselling Include:
- Tools you can use right away
- Improved self-confidence
- More passionate, connected relationships
- Resolving communication issues
- Changing limiting beliefs
- Great self-esteem
- Relief from depression, anxiety, addiction, loneliness
- Feel hopeful about the future & manage life transitions
- Deal with emotional factors that create the need to drink, get angry, or use substances
- Gain insight into patterns & deeper understanding of yourself
- Learn effective communication skills
- Make needed changes in your life
- Find true Serenity
Let go of loneliness, confusion, anger, poor self-esteem, and hopelessness
Trust, Safety, and Authenticity in Therapy
Counseling is very personal and is usually sought during trying times. Your counselling journey should not be another source of frustration; your experience as a client is essential. This is why treating you with respect and dignity at all times, and creating a welcoming and change-oriented atmosphere is a fundamental part of how I work. This commitment includes safeguarding your privacy and confidentiality, and providing you with the best therapy service possible in a timely manner.
Therapy is a journey of authenticity; I strive to provide this in the therapy itself and in the framework for your counselling experience. All services offered are within my scope of competence, skill, and interest. I have a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology, an undergraduate degree in Psychology, over 15 years direct experience as a therapist, and advanced post graduate training. I am licensed and I conduct therapy from a professional office (not from my own home). To further protect your privacy and to provide good service and a continuity of care, I answer all phone calls myself and send out appointment reminders and receipts. From a safe place of trust, healing and change are possible.
Being free to talk in confidence is an essential part of therapy. Nanaimo and central Vancouver Island is a small community where many people know one another. At our first meeting I will outline how your privacy is respected right from the first phone call or email, so that you can do the work of therapy with peace of mind.
My goal is to get you the tools you need as soon as possible, but if you do need support down the road I will do my best to find time for you as soon as possible. Therapy is more than a pastime for me: I bring the fullness of a career and life experience into my work. Have you ever had the experience of buying something or using a service and coming back only to find that business closed or moved? I have not become a therapist as a second career, a pastime, or casually just to give myself something to do for the time-being. My experience, skills, and passion are for this work, in Nanaimo, for the long-term.
Why Seek Help?
When you are in crisis, getting help is often the last thing you have time or energy to do, yet this is when psychotherapy can help the most. A crisis can be a key time in the change process. Many people become resigned that their problems will not improve, they may have sought help before but felt frustrated when nothing changed. Others feel that they can deal with their problems themselves. What if there was a better way to deal with life’s challenges?
Transform life's challenges into opportunities for connection, change, and growth.
Even after a wildfire burns up a forest, new seeds germinate with the next rains. The challenge is to feel that new growth is coming in the midst of challenges. The process of psychotherapy can help you find calm within the storm and move your life onto a better track. I work with many clients who have never sought therapy before, or who have had a bad experience in the past. I can help you transfrom life's problems into life solutions.
"Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging." —Joseph Campbell