FAQ'S

1. what kind of counselling do you do?

I like to emphasize the relational aspect in what we do. That means the safe, non-judging environment I work to create with you helps you change how you see yourself, how you treat yourself, and how you encounter others.

Typically, I may draw on Internal Family Systems, which sees all of us as made up of different “parts” who take turns influencing how we think and behave, depending on what we’re experiencing in the present moment.

I may draw on Solution-Focused Therapy, which means we emphasize directing your thoughts and energy toward those innate abilities that everyone has for resolving your situation, with the right guidance and support.

I may draw on Psychodynamic therapy, for those who may benefit from exploring their past to gain insight and understanding into their present pain and patterns.

I may draw on Contemplative Psychotherapy, for those who are interested in mindfulness and Eastern spirituality.

And I may draw on Mindfulness practice, which is a therapeutic tool, rather than a therapy, and has become an important part of many contemporary, evidence-based therapies.

For couples therapy I may draw on Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), which focuses on how our early experiences with love and attachment show up in the patterns of interaction couples create together.

2. what are your qualifications?

I have a Master of Arts (MA) degree in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University (New Brunswick), and am a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA).

3. is this process completely confidential?

I am committed to protecting your confidentiality throughout this process, but there are three areas where I may have to make an exception.

The first area is your safety. If, after I’ve talked with you carefully, I am convinced that you are going to harm or kill yourself, or harm or kill another person, I am obliged to involve others to protect your safety or that person’s safety.

The second area is the safety of children and vulnerable persons. If, after talking with you carefully, I have a reasonable cause to believe that a child is being harmed, at risk of being harmed, or is being neglected, I am obliged by law to involve the appropriate agency for that child’s protection.

The third area is legal matters. If a civil or criminal law matter arises that is connected to our sessions, I may be obliged by a judge’s order to disclose my notes documenting our sessions to a court of law. If you are meeting with a parole officer, probation officer, or social services case officer, a court order may require that I report to that officer about our sessions.

Client records and notes are kept for 11 years after the last date of professional contact, in accordance with professional standards in the Province of Alberta.

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