Counselling Services:

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I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order
— -John Burroughs
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Walk and Talk Therapy is exactly what it sounds like.  Instead of sitting in an office, across from each other, the session takes place walking in nature.  The “walk and talk” approach combines mindfulness, movement and connection with nature, into the therapy session.

Many clients comment that “walk and talk” therapy sessions offer a more relaxed environment than a traditional office setting. Not only does it get clients moving, it is especially effective with teens, as well as grief, loss, life transitions, anxiety, depression and other challenges.  Research has shown that exercise, especially out in nature, can significantly impact stress and mood states.

When out walking, we are moving forward and that is our goal in the therapeutic process.  It can be grounding, meditative, less formal, and energising.  The client sets the pace.  Walk and talk therapy session rates are the same as “in office” rates.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Family Court Support:  Are you a self-representing litigant in the Family Court System?  Are you a represented litigant?  Are you feeling overwhelmed? Confused? Lonely? Frightened? Isolated? 

You are not alone.  If you need emotional and/or practical support as you are going through the Family Court process, litigating or mediation, I can help.

I have extensive personal experience both as a represented and self-represented litigant in the Family Court System of British Columbia. I know how frightening, lonely, isolating, and overwhelming it can be.  I also know how helpful it is to have support while going through the process, and while recovering from the possible fall out and trauma that can result from the experience.

 

 Focusing-Oriented Therapy:

Focusing-Oriented Therapy (FOT) is a body-centered and person-centered approach to healing, developed three decades ago at the University of Chicago by Dr. Eugene Gendlin.  FOT allows clients total control of the pace and the direction of their healing journey.  It is particularly effective in the treatment and healing of complex trauma and/or PTSD caused by accident, sexual, physical and/or emotional abuse, neglect, vicarious trauma, and inter-generational trauma.

 
 

As a practicing Massage Therapist and a former lifestyle coach, private trainer and competitive athlete my interest has always been health and well-being both physically and emotionally. As a result of my own personal life experience and interest in counselling I went back to school in 2002 and studied Focusing-Oriented psychotherapy, complex trauma, and PTSD. I am registered with the New York Institute of Focusing as well as with the Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists of BC. I have an interest in indigenous culture and therefore certified in Aboriginal Focusing-Oriented Therapy and complex trauma at the Justice Institute of BC.

When I first sought out counselling for myself, I went to a psychotherapist whose approach was traditionally based. I spent a lot of time talking about my traumatic experiences in detail, over and over. As a result, I felt re-traumatized. Counselling does not have to be like this. It was not until I started seeing a counsellor whose approach was body centred, client centred and implicit, that working through my unresolved issues progressed and I no longer felt re-traumatized.

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The essential intention of therapeutic interaction is to help the other person reconnect with themselves.
— Gabor Maté
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