A Client Centered Mindful Approach to Finding your Balance
Therapeutic and counselling sessions should address your needs and your goals.
Helping you find your balance to take the next step towards fulfilling your wellness goals is fundamental to my client centered therapeutic approach.
My approach draws from psychoanalytic, narrative, multicultural, Buddhist psychology, and cognitive behavioural perspectives in order to develop a tailored therapeutic model for each individual client.
Working together, we focus on problem solving, creating realistic therapeutic goals, and identifying long-term strategies that meet your mental health needs.
Suffering from anxiety disrupts your daily life. Anxiety disorders make it hard to find your balance personally and professionally.
You may start avoiding people, be unable to sleep, doubt your own skills, or feel unable to deal with unexpected situations or issues to list a few of the ways untreated anxiety impacts people.
Therapy is an effective tool in treating anxiety. Therapeutic approaches such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) as part of a personalized therapeutic plan can help you understand the causes of your anxiety, develop problem-solving and coping skills, and learn how to manage your anxiety.
Depression comes in different forms. It’s more than feeling a bit blue or down. It’s a serious mood disorder that can interrupt your thoughts, sleep, feelings, personal, family, or working life.
People who are depressed experience both depression and the signs and symptoms of depression differently. But depression is treatable and requires a tailored and client centered approach.
Psychotherapy or a combination of psychotherapy with other treatment strategies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), problem-solving, or interpersonal therapy can help people suffering from depression.
Often events that are considered as being part of life or everyday events are traumatic. When trauma is left untreated it can interfere with a person’s health and well-being, and in some cases it may become a disorder.
The loss of a loved one is traumatic and life altering. Buddhist psychology strategies focused on helping clients overcome suffering and locate an inner peace.
Buddhist therapeutic perspectives in combination with other therapeutic methods such as psychoanalytic and narrative approaches can help you work through and come to terms with personal loss.
Post-Traumatic Stress is a common response to experiencing a traumatic event such as a car accident, divorce, serious illness, natural disasters, domestic violence, or assault to name only a few.
Post-Traumatic Stress is a normal reaction and often improves within a month. However, processing trauma can be difficult, and therapy may help you recover.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD is a clinically diagnosed condition that happens when a person is unable to process trauma. The intensity, level of interference with your daily life and how long you have been suffering can vary. Trauma therapy using psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), exposure therapy and other techniques can help.
Conflicts and disagreements in the workplace happen. A certain level of disagreement is part of a healthy creative environment or exchange of ideas. However, workplace conflict is when there is a conflict or tension that goes beyond what is healthy and becomes counter-productive and impacts your mental health.
Common types of workplace conflict include: difficulty working with others, personality clashes, misunderstandings, or difficulty understanding others’ work processes and methods.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and therapeutic problem solving approaches can help you effectively deal with workplace conflict.
Therapy plays an important role in stress management. You are encouraged to explore the root causes of your stress. After locating the underlying causes, working with you, we will develop strategies for dealing with stress focused on enhancing your overall well-being.
Feeling angry at times when you’ve been hurt, scared, or frustrated is natural. But anger when not managed can be damaging to yourself and others.
Anger issues impacts your overall well-being. When uncontrolled, anger turns into a pattern of negative behaviour affecting your personal relationships, work, career and family life. Anger management counselling can help you recognize your triggers, develop skills to relax and deal with anger in a constructive way.
Relationships need nurturing. Every day stresses, work, interpersonal, family, and cultural stressors can create tension and strain your relationship. When relationship stresses are not addressed, they can impact your well-being and in some cases, contribute to depression, anxiety, self-esteem, addiction, or lead to feelings of anger, shame, or deteriorating physical health.
Relationship counselling seeks to help individual clients, or couples deal with the issues that are interfering with the stability of their relationship.
Relationship counselling covers areas, but is not limited to:
Intergenerational or cross-cultural conflict
Parental alienation issues
Benefits of Relationship Counselling
Relationship counselling uses various therapeutic techniques and is tailored to your needs. Benefits of relationship counselling include, but are not limited to:
Reawaken your emotional connection
Setting or re-establishing new boundaries
Develop strategies to deal with disagreements
Increase your empathy and understanding
Multicultural & Immigrant Concerns
Multicultural and immigrant mental health concerns are wide ranging. They can include, but are not limited to:
Sexual identity development
Ethnic identity formation
Overcoming cultural and racial discrimination
Post-migration mental health issues
Coping with learning new cultural systems
Extended family issues or intergenerational conflict
Change in career direction or workplace adjustments
Over the years, I recognized that addressing multicultural and immigrant issues requires a different approach.
To help clients, I created the Diversity and Identity Formation Therapy (DIFT). Working together, we explore your concerns using the DIFT model and develop a tailored therapeutic plan.