Mission Statement/Therapeutic Approach
Given there are a wealth of highly qualified therapists, Psychologists and counsellors in the Greater Vancouver area to choose from, why choose Nexus Counselling Services?
To answer that question, let’s begin with a definition -
A, ‘Nexus’ can be defined as:
All definitions considered, a NEXUS is a central link or connection. If you happen to be at the nexus of something, you are right in the middle of it.
At Nexus Counselling Services, I recognize that being in the nexus of something often means you are right in the middle of it. Too often however, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by the multitude of things coming at you. At Nexus, I will work with you within the context of a nonjudgmental, collaborative and healing therapeutic relationship to parse out and clearly see the interwoven links and connections that contribute to how you experience, perceive and interpret life’s challenges, difficulties and obstacles. By understanding these links and connections, we can separate what is important to you and focus on your goal(s) for therapy with the intended outcome of improving your mental, emotional and spiritual well-being.
OK, so how does Candace work within the backdrop of a client’s ‘Nexus’?
My approach to counselling is deeply rooted in an off-shoot of Feminism, Relational-Cultural Therapy. As a Relational-Cultural therapist, I believe that clients hold the ‘key’ and, ultimately, know what is best for them.
By identifying the changes, you would like to make and understanding the myriad of factors that weave together to form the fabric of your life, you and I can work together and better identify what is not working, and, how to implement changes in a way that best works for you. By working collaboratively with you no matter your reasons and/or goals for counselling, our work together is always driven by you.
OK, so what are the foundational beliefs associated with Relational-Cultural Therapy and how will do they pertain to me and my work with Candace?The foundational beliefs of Relational-Cultural Therapy include:
Based on the backdrop of working with a Relational-Cultural therapist, our work together will likely expand and elevate your feelings of mastery and empowerment. Like a trickle-down effect, this type of psychological empowerment often results in improved emotional health, increased personal growth and, deeper personal insight.
As a Relational-Cultural therapist, I encourage you to both see and understand the impact you have on me within the context of a therapeutic relationship that is empathetic, growth fostering, egalitarian, supportive safe and healing. By providing a safe and supportive environment, it is my hope that our work together within the context of a healing and mutually respectful therapeutic relationship will help pave the way for you to better recognize the impact you have in your relationships and the people around you. When we feel supported, heard and, fully understood, we are able to tap into our strengths, fully embrace our personal power and, develop the courage needed to take personal risks and strengthen bonds with others.
How will working with a Relational-Cultural therapist like Candace help me achieve my goals for counselling?
No matter ‘why’ a you may be seeking supportive therapy, Relational-Cultural Therapy addresses your goals through the development of increased relational competence via changing negative self-images by way of an egalitarian relationship which is built on mutual empowerment and mutual empathy.
As such, change from a Relational-Cultural Therapy perspective is influenced by the following:
Is Relational-Counselling Therapy for everyone?
In a word, YES. Given that connectedness with others is a universal human need, Relational-Cultural Therapy is an approach that is inclusive and suited for everyone (yes, everyone!...Individuals, Couples, Families and Groups) regardless of your age, gender preference, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, culture, nationality or socioeconomic status.
Does Relational-Cultural Therapy work in isolation?
Absolutely NOT! Importantly, Feminist counselling approaches have been described as ‘technically integrative’ and support using alternative evidence based practices and techniques with a Feminist framework. Also, when combined with clinical expertise within the context of a client’s characteristics, culture and personal preferences, the uniqueness of the individual is both honored and respected.
As a someone who pushes my own personal boundaries and embraces risk by ‘thinking outside the box’, I use tools and techniques from different evidence based practices and approaches (with my own spin, of course) believing no single technique and/or approach may be suitable for all clients.
Will Candace be a good fit?
If you are looking for a therapist/counsellor who primarily focuses on; asking you how you ‘feel, comes across as overly clinical and, shies away from authentic engagement and interaction, I am probably not for you.
If, however, you are looking for a therapist/counsellor that loves what she does, is active, engaging, down to earth in her approach, fully authentic, uses humor and, will challenge you based on your goals for counselling, then the chances are, we are likely a good fit!