What to expect in therapy
If you would like to learn more about doing therapy together contact me or book a free phone consultation. We will talk briefly by phone about what you are looking for help with and you can ask any questions you might have. If we think that we might work well together we can set up a time to meet.
In our first face-to-face meeting we'll speak in more detail about what you are looking for help with and about the changes you'd like to see. I'll do my best to give you some initial impressions and recommendations and if we decide to keep working together we can schedule another appointment. Appointments are usually, but not necessarily, weekly or bi-weekly.
What we do in therapy will be decided by a shared understanding of your needs and goals. From there, our work will focus on helping you understand the difficulties you're experiencing and helping you learn concrete skills to change these patterns to reduce your distress, increase your well being, and make progress towards your goals.
My style is warm and supportive yet practical. One of my main aims in our work together will be to provide acceptance, understanding, empathy, and support while working to help you
1) Understand yourself and your patterns
2) Identify your goals
3) Learn new strategies to move yourself towards these goals
4) Find more effective ways of coping with your thoughts, feelings, and circumstances so that you can live more peaceful, joyful, and meaningful life as defined by you
I specialize in anxiety, depression, OCD, stress-related difficulties, and life transitions. I also have experience working with youth and adults experiencing a range of difficulties related to depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, OCD, low self-esteem, social anxiety, interpersonal relationships, family conflict, drug and alcohol use, and sexuality. I have worked in a variety of public and private settings in Vancouver and Montreal including the DBT Centre of Vancouver, Simon Fraser University, the McGill University Health Centre, the Royal Victoria Hospital, and the Jewish General Hospital.
I have a PhD in Clinical Psychology from McGill University and have extensive training in
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT).
My fee is 200 dollars per 50 minute session in line with the Psychologists' Association of Alberta and the BC Psychological Association's recommendations.
For more information contact me.