Psychotherapy / Counselling

Psychotherapist

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Meeting stressful situations successfully increases our confidence in our own abilities and this confidence can keep us engaged and fulfilled in our career and with family and friends.

Feeling that stress has not been handled well can undermine self-confidence and compound existing difficulties.

Progressive Wellness is committed to providing resources for individuals to learn more about themselves, understand why they do what they do and to develop new skills to reduce stress and facilitate success in all areas of life.

Psychotherapy/Counselling: What Can You Expect?

The problems people have in relationships or trying to reach their personal goals often relate back to experiences they had as a child. As they passed from one stage of development to another, for any number of reasons, different needs were not met and appropriate life skills didn’t develop. Now, as adults, they find themselves stuck in a repeating, maladaptive pattern.

During the sessions, the goals are to identify the patterns of thinking and behaviour that have developed because of these early experiences and to express the feelings associated with them. Once understood, these patterns can be changed.

My role is to be a resource, a skilled person who can help people sort through their feelings, understand why they do what they do, and help them make changes.

Performance Coaching: What Can You Expect?

Athletes who wish to maximize their performance levels often find it beneficial to establish mental training protocols. As a coach, I assist in creating internal dialogue to optimize and prepare the athlete for success. Also, as important, is to understand how athletes can sabotage their own best efforts through negative self-talk.

What happens during a session?

Sessions are completely confidential and private, and are usually scheduled for one hour. Longer sessions can be arranged.

During the first session, clients explain what issue they would like to focus on. Together, we set some realistic goals and decide on a time frame for reviewing how things are progressing. We also discuss different techniques that can be used.

How can changes be made?

Couples Counselling. Couples focus on developing open and honest lines of communication. This allows both individual and shared needs to be expressed clearly and patterns of thinking and behaving that are not effective to be identified. In practical terms, the focus of this work can be to improve the relationship or to help couples in the difficult process of separating.

Some General Approaches Include:

Family Systems Work

Needs that are not met in childhood, perhaps because of abuse or other situational factors, give rise to difficulties later in life. These difficulties show themselves when people can’t maintain satisfying relationships, have trouble making decisions, are perfectionists or are generally unhappy. People find themselves caught in a cycle of self-criticism from which they are unable to break free. Family systems work identifies the roles played by each family member and how these roles have contributed to the present situation. This work goes back to the earliest remembered occurrence of these issues and identifies those needs not met during that developmental period. This awareness helps clients understand why they feel and act the way they do and what concrete steps need to be taken.

Cognitive/Behavioural

Cognitive/behavioural technique focuses on the link between our thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Negative patterned cycles of thoughts and feelings are explored with the purpose of becoming aware of and then changing the pattern towards the desired behavioural outcomes.

Relaxation

Chronic muscular contraction can cause people to feel tense and stressed. A modified form of progressive muscular relaxation (PMR) focuses on systematically contracting and relaxing muscle groups throughout the body. PMR can reduce tension and make it easier to handle different situations.

Visualization

Visualization is a technique often used in sports. Generally, a specific image of oneself performing a particular activity is visualized. This image is then used as a template to achieve the desired performance. In counselling, visualization helps the client to see a specific event in the past and to go back and change that event into one that has a more desirable outcome. This new image can then be used as a model for future behaviour.

Dream Analysis

Analyzing dreams can help determine unconscious tensions that affect clients. Dreams are the interface between the conscious waking world and the unconscious. The dream can often provide valuable information that has not yet reached consciousness.

The work of Carl Jung forms the basis of my work as a counsellor. Jung focused on what he called “individuation”, which is the process of personal development that results as we become aware of, balance and integrate the various aspects of our personality.