Intern Counsellor at Thrive
“In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” attributed to Albert Einstein
- Trauma and PTSD
- Depression and anxiety
- Obsession and compulsion
- Grief and loss
- Self-identity and self-esteem
- Career exploration and transition
- Immigration transition
- Existential therapy
- Rogerian Therapy
- Meaning therapy
- Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
- Somatic/nervous system functioning informed therapy
- Emotion Focused Therapy
- Group therapy
- Career counselling
Counselling is a journey. You decide the destination. Together we will walk the roads to your destination. Along the way you may tire but I will endeavour to prompt you forward. I will point out any short cuts I know but ultimately you decide your path and I will assist you on your way.
With 20 years experience as a front line worker I have first hand knowledge of the culture, stresses, and trauma that emergency service personnel encounter. During this time I have also dealt with many people in crisis and my approach has been that of non-judgmental supporter.
I have worked with the Federal Government on Mental Health Advisory Groups, been involved in a number of critical incident debriefs, group therapy work and trauma support.
How many sessions does therapy take?
Growth and healing are best viewed as a journey that you learn to live, instead of a cure that you take like a pill. For this reason, everybody is different. We often find that 4 – 8 sessions accomplish a great deal of relief. With that said, clients may experience transformation within a few sessions or realize there is something bigger they want to work on longterm.
How often should I come?
When possible, it’s a great idea to come in every week or two when getting started. The biggest first step is building the trust and safety that allows good work to be done. Once this occurs, clients often space out appointments to a month or more, or take breaks from counselling altogether.
Does insurance cover your fees?
What is a session like?
You will be greeted in a waiting room that offers espresso, tea and water, before joining your counsellor in a comfortable sound-proofed room. You will be met with warmth and respect before you are guided through the process of informed consent so that there is total transparency. Your counsellor will get to know you so that the therapy is specially fitted to you as a unique person. All activities will be explained fully and nothing will ever happen without your consent and awareness.