Whether you feel anxious, highly sensitive and emotionally reactive… or stuck in disconnected, foggy auto-pilot mode, trust me on this — you make sense and you are not alone. In fact, this is just your body trying to deal with overwhelming stress, criticism, shameful guilt, or the ever-looming human terror of ‘not good enough.’
But the story doesn’t end there. I love my work, because I have seen countless individuals emerge from lonely invalidation, chronic irritability, or grief so big that it feels like once it starts, it won’t ever stop (spoiler: it does). You are resilient and wise beyond measure; you’ve just taken some injuries that haven’t yet been acknowledged and healed. Would you like to heal?
My approach is reflected not only in my work, but in how I lead my own life, how I supervise counsellors, and how I help to train 30 clinicians in seven different provinces. It is the love reflected in ancient myth and modern neuroscience alike — the act of restoring biological harmony with your body, trust and safety in your relationships, purpose in your career, and deep knowledge of your value.
For the same reason that hospital patients recover quicker when they have a view of a tree from their windows rather than a parking lots, I consider it important that the physical space we work on is pleasing to be in. For this reason, I have personal designed and decorated the three rooms of the counselling centre that I direct. My intention is to create a sense of mood and place that facilitates the healing journey.
While my ongoing education occurs through group with with traumatized military veterans, my work is primarily with civilian population. The modalities that I am trained in that I have found the most helpful are Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) for individuals and Emotion Focused Couple Therapy (EFCT) for those working on relationships.
I would be delighted to speak further about you specifically as a person and what change you desire to create.