How I Can Help

We all get stuck in the mud of life at one time or another. During those times it can be difficult to pull ourselves out using just our own strength. My goal is to provide a warm, safe, and nonjudgmental place for you to explore what’s keeping you stuck. Then together we will figure out how you can pull yourself free. I offer a listening ear, an objective viewpoint, and some tools that can keep you moving toward the life you want.

My Background … I have a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology and additional training in evidence based therapies for individuals and couples. I am continuously learning because I want to provide the best services I can to the people who come to me for help.

Want to know more about how cognitive therapy can help you feel better? Watch this informative and moving TedX talk  by Dr. David Burns, a cognitive therapy pioneer whose work I draw from extensively, including his new T.E.A.M. model of therapy.

Supervisor for Candidate Registered Psychologists
I am also available to provide supervision to candidate registered psychologists.

Counselling for adults in areas including:

  • Guilt
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Grief and loss
  • OCD
  • PTSD
  • Phobias
  • Workplace stress
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
  • Prepare/Enrich

Resources

Recommended Books for Relationship Concerns

Sue Johnson. “Love Sense”

Recommended for all couples. It describes the concept of attachment and provides important information about how our emotional systems work in intimate relationships. It can help you understand each other better and then react in ways that make the situation better instead of worse. This comes in an audio book read by the author if reading isn’t your thing. Her earlier book, “Hold Me Tight” is also excellent. You can find lots of free Sue Johnson material on the internet.

David Burns. “Feeling Good Together”

Recommended for individuals and couples who want to learn how to communicate in ways that reduce conflict.

Marshall Rosenberg. “Nonviolent Communication: A language of life”

Recommended for anyone who wants to change how they relate to themselves and to others. Includes a way of thinking that can dramatically reduce anger and frustration.

Janis Spring. “After the Affair”

Recommended for couples who are recovering from a physical or emotional infidelity. It can help you understand your own and your partner’s reactions and gives good advice on how to help the healing process.

Bruce Fisher and Robert Alberti. “Rebuilding When Your Relationship Ends”

Recommended for people who are struggling with feelings when a relationship has ended. This book is meant for people who are going or have gone through a divorce but it can also be helpful for other kinds of breakups. I like that this book has a clearly defined program of recovery and simple written exercises that encourage reflection and healing.

Recommended Books for Individuals

David Burns. “The Feeling Good Handbook”

This is the most recommended book in all of therapy. It is a thick book but don’t let that scare you. This book contains powerful strategies for changing how you feel by changing how you think. It is helpful for anxiety, depression, self-esteem, guilt, shame, and more.

David Burns. “When Panic Attacks”

This book is similar to “The Feeling Good Handbook” but is geared towards people who have anxiety as their major concern.

Tara Brach. “Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha”

This book is an engaging read and introduces the key mindfulness meditations that are useful for shifting the brain out of difficult emotions. In my view, there are many interventions that can change how you feel. Most have a small amount of power. Mindfulness meditation is one of the few that have significant power and you really don’t need to become a regular meditator to benefit.

Gregg D. Jacobs. “Say Good Night to Insomnia”

Contains excellent information on how to get better sleep. Includes a 6 week program to improve sleep.

Podcasts I recommend

PsychCrunch

This is the podcast of the British Psychological Society. Each episode provides quick exposure to psychological research on topics that are of interest to many, for example, how to break bad habits. I  recommend looking through the list of episodes and seeing if there is something that speaks to you.

All in the Mind

An Australian broadcast about many topics related to emotional health and the brain.

The Psych Files

A fun podcast covering many different topics in psychology. A great resource for psychology students but also for anyone interested in psychology . It also has some wonderful episodes on how to remember information using memory mnemonics. Check out episodes 32, 95, 96, and 222 (the last one is how to remember jokes).

Guided Relaxation Exercises

You can find free audio-recordings of relaxation exercises throughout the Internet. Here is a link to one I like:

http://www.dartmouth.edu/~healthed/relax/downloads.html

There are many helpful exercises here. I recommend trying “Calming Your Body”,  “Progressive Muscle Relaxation”, and any one of the imagery exercises. This will show you 3  different approaches to relaxing your body and mind. Each is an important tool in our toolkits for emotional and physical well-being.

Mindfulness Exercises

Mindfulness is a useful tool for emotional management. I recommend some of the exercises on the following sites to my clients:

http://www.sittingtogether.com/meditations.php

http://www.mindfulness-solution.com/DownloadMeditations.html