Although my training in Clinical Psychology had a broad theoretical base, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) provides the foundation for much of my work. Central to CBT is the notion that the way we think (the “cognitive” part), directly impacts our emotional and physical functioning and influences the way we act (the “behavioral” part). Treatment aims to increase our awareness of cognitions (thoughts) and helps us challenge any dysfunctional thoughts or beliefs we might have. By doing so, we are able to change both our feelings and behaviors in a positive and productive way. There is a large and continuing body of research which recognizes the effectiveness of CBT for a wide range of difficulties and personal challenges, such as depression, anxiety, anger and stress management.
During my career, I have gained experience in a variety of other techniques and theories (such as Psychodynamic, Systemic and Community Psychological frameworks as well as Cognitive Analytic Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Solution Focused Brief Therapy). I consider my approach and theoretical orientation to be “eclectic” – that is, I adapt and draw from a number of orientations to suite the unique nature of each problem and each individual.
I have a particular interest in the use of Clinical Hypnosis, in conjunction with individual therapy or as a standalone treatment.
I consider my training and experience has provided me with the necessary resources to approach a variety of situations and difficulties in an effective and efficient manner. I believe therapy works best when it is collaborative. I am keen to foster a working relationship where you and I openly discuss your challenges and the process of therapy. This approach enables us to best meet your individual needs and goals – after all, each of us is unique and what works well for one person may not be best suited to another.
My practice is guided by the Canadian Code of Ethics for Psychologists (Canadian Psychological Association) and the College of Alberta Psychologists (CAP) Standards of Practice. I welcome individual differences and diversity in my practice.