Common Issues

Anxiety, Depression, Stress

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Almost a third of all  people will experience anxiety or depression in their lifetime. How long it lasts and how debilitating it is depends on how soon you seek treatment and whether it's the best treatment available. I uses evidenced based treatments in my practice so you get the best choice for your particular presenting concern.

Trauma, PTSD, Accidents

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Depending on the nature and severity of your personal trauma there are several different approaches to treating trauma available. EMDR is one evidence based treatment that works well for many people. EMDR in Surrey

Relationship Issues

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I have an extensive history working with individuals involved in challenging interpersonal relationships both chosen (chosen partner) or un-chosen (related to you). Together we can sort out what's going on and give you the skills you need to cope.

Sport Psychology

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I work with athletes of all sorts on overcoming performance related anxiety, perfectionism and self-confidence issues. Using brain based research I will help you target what's holding you back from success.

Dealing with Difficult People

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Do you have someone in your life that causes you to live in FOG? Fear Obligation and Guilt? If you frequently feel these things when dealing with someone in your life, I can help you understand your relationship and give you the strategies you need to stand your ground.

Historical Issues from Childhood

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Sometimes we may not have received adequate parenting as a child, or we encountered events which we were unprepared emotionally to deal with at the time. Sometimes we need help to make sense of the things that happened to us or let go of the emotional consequences of those events. I can help you make sense of the past and let it go.

Therapy Modalities

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

 CBT focuses on challenging and changing unhelpful thoughts and behaviors and helping you develop personal coping strategies. The focus is on the negative thinking which is driving the emotions and behaviors. CBT is helpful for many mood issues.

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)

 

 When a person is very upset, their brain cannot process information as it does ordinarily. One moment and all the feelings and thoughts that go with it can become "stuck" in the brain. When other situations that are similar to this event come up in the person's life, the individual can experience the same thoughts, feelings and sensations as the original memory making it harder to cope with any new events.  Such memories have a lasting negative effect that interferes with the way a person sees the world and the way they relate to other people.

EMDR seems to have a direct effect on the way that the brain processes information. Normal information processing is resumed, so following a successful EMDR session, a person no longer relives the images, sounds, and feelings when the event is brought to mind. You still remember what happened, but it is less upsetting.

EMDR is helpful for Mood issues, Anxiety, Trauma, Family ConflictHistorical issues from childhood, Self-Esteem and Fear

Brief Solution Focused Therapy

 Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) concentrates on finding solutions to problems in the present. It is a very goal directed therapy with specific questions for the client to answer. SFBT is useful for less severe life problems or general life transitions that are not particularly distressing.

Adlerian Psychodynamic Therapy

 Adlerian therapy is a psychoeducational approach that is both humanistic and goal oriented. It takes into account the whole person within his/her social world. Adlerian therapists try to understand how an individual developed his/her core beliefs about himself and how those beliefs shape his behavior and interactions with others. Adlerian therapy is a collaborative approach between therapist and client which helps the client understand herself in a new way. Once the client understands their personality better they can make different choices in the future. Adlerian therapy is useful for many different issues in life: Mood, Anxiety, Family, Relationships, Transitions, Trauma, Historical issues from childhood etc.

Art Therapy

Art itself can be therapeutic. It can also be a technique used to facilitate expression of inner thoughts and feelings. Some people find it easier to "show" what's happening inside themselves than to "tell". Trained Art Therapists can work with clients to decode the hidden messages in their work and help the client understand what they are feeling and thinking. Art therapy works especially well for children and teens. It is also useful for adults that struggle with verbal communication or who simply don't want talk therapy.  No artistic talent is necessary for art therapy to succeed, because the therapeutic process is not about the artistic value of the work, but rather about finding associations between the creative choices made and a client's inner life.  

Expressive Therapy

Similar to Art Therapy except it entails the use of multiple expressive arts modalities including: writing, play, drama, movement  etc. The Expressive Therapies are very useful for children and adolescents. Also helpful for adults that may have had trauma as very young children (pre-verbal stages of development) who cannot express this trauma verbally.

EMDR THERAPY

EMDR therapy video by EMDR International Association

BCACC Recommended Fee Schedule 2016

BCACC2016-Recommended-Fee-Schedule (pdf)

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