Some conditions in a person’s life make them unhappy or may manifest in other symptoms like anxiety or depression. Sometimes a person just feels that “something’s missing. ” I help people find their own voice, listen to it, and begin to connect it to their own life. This can lead them to solutions and ways to change their lives. My approach to therapy is very interactive.
I bring a sensitive, practical problem-solving approach to my work using a broad range of psychological theories and approaches depending on a person’s needs and concerns. I have a background in psychological research and prefer to utilize research-proven interventions. For example:
Mindfulness practice is one approach I take. Mindfulness is the practice of non-judgmental presence and acceptance to whatever we feel. When practicing mindfulness, we notice what is really there without forcing it to be different. We slow down and observe our internal world to be able to notice emotions, thoughts, feelings, visuals, energy and memories that we would not otherwise notice. Research shows that Mindfulness helps to prevent relapse of depression, reduces anxiety levels, helps with panic attacks and chronic pain.
I also draw upon Cognitive-Behavioural Techniques (CBT), which are known to be effective in managing issues such as anxiety and depression. In cognitive therapy a person learns to distinguish between thoughts and feelings and become more aware of how thoughts can influence feelings and behaviours that might not be helpful. CBT helps a person learn to evaluate critically whether these “automatic” thoughts and assumptions are accurate and develop skills to notice, interrupt and correct these biased thoughts.
In addition to the above, I draw on Family Systems and Attachment Theory. Family systems theory suggests that individuals cannot be understood in isolation from one another but rather as part of their family. Families are systems of interconnected and interdependent individuals, none of whom can be understood in isolation from the system. Attachment theory emphasizes the importance of early attachment between a child and its primary caregivers.