I offer consultation and three kinds of therapy to my clients depending on their individual needs.
> Consultation and Therapy Plan
The first session is a one hour consultation. The emphasis is on providing individuals with an opportunity to discuss their concerns and what they would like to gain from psychological treatment. We discuss different treatment options. If we decide that I can be of assistance, we begin to work together on a treatment plan.
Each person who comes to see me for help has a distinctive personal history and set of life circumstances. I use a different blend of psychological treatment approaches depending on the needs of each client.
> Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy
Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy is a treatment in which people learn more adaptive ways of thinking and develop new coping skills.
Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy can be helpful in:
- stress management and assertiveness training
- depression, anxiety, worry, anger, grief, and other emotional concerns
- sleep disturbance
- self-confidence, motivation, and decision making
- life transitions, including becoming a parent, ageing, and retirement
- communication and relationship problems
Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy often involves structured practice of new skills between sessions and reading material to facilitate learning.
> Insight-Oriented Psychotherapy
This kind of treatment is less structured than Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy.
- involves more discussion of past as well as present difficulties
- emphasizes developing understanding as a means to change
- is particularly useful for individuals who are introspective and who find that increased self-knowledge is usually the catalyst they need for change
- is helpful for clients having difficulty finding direction in their lives and who feel hampered by past experiences
> Health Psychology Treatments
Health Psychology treatments are designed to help people prevent medical illness and cope with disease. These treatments include relaxation techniques, hypnotic imagery, motivational interviewing, pain management strategies, and adaptations of psychotherapy.
Health Psychology treatments can help clients:
- change unhealthy risk factors, including smoking, obesity and sedentary lifestyle
- overcome phobias of medical procedures and prepare for surgery
- cope with medical illness which results in loss of function and altered lifestyle
- adapt to age-related medical problems which seniors experience
- learn psychological techniques to manage pain
- refocus after medical emergencies and hospitalization
- deal with changes in family roles as a result of illness