MY APPROACH

Life can feel overwhelming, but you don’t have to face the storm alone.

Creating a safe space and working with you

Finding the right counsellor can be a daunting task. I believe that before positive change can happen, a person needs to feel there is a good therapeutic fit with their counsellor in an emotionally safe and non-judgmental environment. I invite you to set up a first consult with me and you will know quickly whether the therapeutic relationship will work for you. If there isn’t the right therapeutic fit between client and therapist, I will find you an alternative counsellor who might be the right fit for you.

I integrate evidence-based treatment modalities into a relevant and tailored intervention that maximizes each person’s capacity to breakthrough setbacks that keep a person or relationship stuck. Problems can feel like a heavy weight or an overpowering storm, but with support, I believe it is possible to reduce the impact of problems and to consider new ways of coping through the difficulties we face in life.

I use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), and attachment-based approaches such as Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) to help structure my sessions so clients can see their progress in measurable and experiential ways. Although I have professional expertise, I believe that you are the expert of your life, and I will work collaboratively with you (and the others who may be a part of the process) to make your situation better.

Curious whether counselling is right for you?

You may be wondering if your situation merits the therapeutic approach of counselling that I use in my practice. It is human nature to be cautious, especially about personal or painful experiences.

One thing to consider is that the earlier you and others in your family get support, the better the outcomes and the quicker the progress. Counselling can help you get you back on your path and toward improving your life.

I’ve often heard from clients, that they thought about talking to someone sooner, but wrestled with thinking it wasn’t big enough to merit seeing a counsellor. To help counter that inner doubt, I’ve put together a brief list of times that I believe speaking to a counsellor would be beneficial. Do any of these statements resonate with you?

  • I feel stuck in reoccurring negative patterns.
  • I’m working hard to improve my relationship or situation, but find myself in the same place and not making the progress I think I should be.
  • It feels like I’m sabotaging opportunities continually.
  • I’m struggling to make decisions on my own.
  • I think I’m compromising and giving up too much of myself in a relationship – but I’m afraid if I stand up, they’ll leave.
  • My emotions are all over the place and feel out of control – I used to be so even-keeled.
  • I feel afraid often, and I’ve been avoiding my usual activities because I don’t know what I should expect.
  • My drinking or substance-use has been steadily increasing. I know it isn’t good for me, but it’s the only thing that takes the edge off.
  • I’m still struggling with persistent sleep problems, emotional or physical pain and sadness from bereavement. Shouldn’t I be feeling better by now?

My Associate Team

Finding a good fit with a counsellor can make a significant difference on your journey. Here are some of my associates in Kamloops.

David and Cindy Darwin at Perspectives Counselling
Shawn Michaud at Twin Rivers Counselling

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Counselling Privacy Policy

Provincial legislation protects the privacy between client and counsellor including any material written or spoken in counselling or consulting sessions. This information is not released unless the client provides written consent. Additionally, confidential information is kept in accordance with the ethics and standards of the British Columbia College of Social Workers. It is understood that there are exceptions to these standards that include:

  • The therapist/counsellor has a duty to report to the RCMP and the Ministry for Child and Family Development (MCFD) or the designated child protection services if the therapist/counsellor has reason to believe a child is at risk of harm or neglect.
  • The therapist/counsellor has a duty to report to the proper authorities if they believe that a client is at risk of self-harm.
  • The therapist/counsellor has a duty to report to the proper authorities if they believe that or is told of harm or potential harm to a third party has occurred or will occur.

The therapist/counsellor has a duty to share information under a subpoena to the courts of British Columbia or Canada.