Transforming Past Hurts Into
Strength & Insight
What is Counselling Like?
Counselling is a process.
Counselling is a place to find safety and respect. To feel heard and understood. To learn new skills and ways to care for yourself. To become aware of and to understand your own thinking and feelings.
Counselling is a journey that you determine and go at a safe and comfortable pace that works for you. Counselling can help you to overcome the blocks which prevent your heart and mind from healing.
Somatic psychotherapy is highly effective counselling for people who are suffering from trauma and attachment issues. If you have found “talk therapy” to not be effective at helping alleviate emotional pain, somatic therapy may be helpful if you experience any of the following:
- you have emotional dysregulation which may present itself in having intense emotions,
- you feel shut down and disconnected from yourself and others,
- you are feeling the symptoms of past traumatic experiences.
Somatic psychotherapy can be an effective “right brain” therapy that allows your mind and body to process traumatic material and achieve inner balance.
Note: This therapy does not involve touch and is not a type of bodywork.
When people suffer from mental and emotional pain, it seems to dominate their day-to-day lives. It affects our work, sleep, pleasure, relationships, how we feel about ourselves, and the world around us. We may feel we are burdening those around us, unable to free ourselves from it.
Through evidence-based therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Counselling, and Mindfulness practice, we are able to make change more rapidly than anticipated, helping you obtain emotional and mental well-being.
When people suffer from trauma or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), it affects every aspect of their lives.
You may be suffering from many of the following symptoms: feeling anxious and unsafe, anger, feeling numb or depressed, bothered by flashbacks or distressing memories, difficulty having relationships, having a lack of trust, and self-harming or addictive behaviours.
I gently provide trauma therapy at a relaxed pace, allowing you to process trauma material safely and helping you to feel safe, calm, and whole within your body and in your life.
I am registered with the Crime Victim Assistance Program for those who qualify. CVAP funding.
Whether you are in a current relationship where communication is failing or you have already lost someone through family disintegration, separation, divorce, or death, you may be feeling angry, confused, anguished, or unable to cope with your overwhelming grief.
Maybe you find it challenging to have healthy relationships because of abuse from your past or upbringing, or maybe you are currently stuck in an unhealthy relationship that you have difficulty leaving.
I will help you to understand the relationships of your life and how to find your strengths through therapy to move forward. See also somatic therapy for attachment issues. Somatic Psychotherapy for Attachment Trauma.
note: I do not provide couples counselling.
There are many reasons why people become trapped in the cycle of addictions. Whether you use it in order to cope with emotional and mental stress and pain, or it has become a learned social behaviour, addictions make our lives unmanageable and affect our relationships with those who love us. It can feel hopeless.
Coming from a harm reduction or abstinence-based approach, I provide non-judgmental, addictions counselling which addresses core issues to support you on your healing journey as you shift away from substance abuse towards healthier ways of living & coping.
Indigenous people worldwide have suffered from the impacts of colonization, discrimination, and racism, resulting in direct and intergenerational trauma.
Having a masters degree in Indigenous counselling and working through an Indigenous lens, I am able to provide trauma-informed, culturally relevant counselling.