Individual therapy is about YOU; your concerns, your goals, and I am there to assist you with overcoming your challenges. I will work with you to assess your current difficulties, as well as, your strengths and resources. Together we will establish your therapy goals and achieve the life you deserve. A variety of therapy tools will be used to help you reach your optimal emotional, relational, and psychological well-being.
Anxiety Performance Enhancement Sexual Abuse and Sexual Assault
Depression Family Conflict and Violence Chronic Illness
Self Esteem Negative Thinking Childhood Abuse
Communication Skills Grief and Loss Guilt and Shame
Assertiveness Training Stress Management
Trauma Life Transitions
I have specialized and advanced training in the area of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. I have extensive experience working both in groups and individually with individuals who have experienced trauma from MVA, war, natural disasters, and interpersonal trauma stemming from childhood into adulthood. I provide individual therapy in-person and via web counselling. I work with men and women ages 16 +.
I have attended specialized training for working with interpersonal trauma, in specific, working with male survivors of sexual abuse. Men can experience anger, shame, sexual dysregulation, depression, and denial. Coping strategies of sex, drugs, alcohol, and rage are common ways of surviving. However, the creative and inventive ways in which we survive childhood trauma can begin to interfere with the life that we want for ourselves. The coping strategies can then becomes our distress.
Abuse happens to 1 out of 6 boys.
Things for a Male Survivor to remember are:
you are not alone
you are not to blame
your reactions to the abuse are normal
coping skills whether healthy or unhealthy were there to help keep you alive
healing is possible
many men benefit from counselling and/or joining a support group for male survivors
I am passionate about the use of EMDR therapy. I have witnessed clients make significant changes in their ability to manage past traumatic events. EMDR Therapy is a powerful therapy method developed in the 1980's by Francine Shapiro. The therapy is effective in dealing with incidents of traumatization. I am an EMDRIA Certified EMDR Therapist and am also a consultant in training. This mode of therapy is promoted with clients when there is a trauma history and this would be a highly effective approach to healing.