Although my training in Clinical Psychology had a broad clinical and theoretical base, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) provide the foundation for much of my work. I also have a particular interest in the application of Clinical Hypnosis (which is rather like a tool in a toolbox).
While ACT just makes sense to me and has tremendous value (psychologically, clinically, and theoretically), I do consider my theoretical orientation to be eclectic.
I tend to adapt and draw from a number of treatment modalities to suite the unique nature of each problem and each individual.
With 20 years experience as a Clinical Psychologist, I appreciate that an individualistic approach and flexibility are pivotal in meeting treatment targets and helping clients to manage their challenges, whatever they might be.
I might plan for a session, but respecting what the client brings, being mindful of their needs on the day, and being flexible is central to ensuring an effective working relationship. For example, if you wanted to talk about oranges, but I said I was determined to talk about sheep this may not sit very well with you!
However, the mark of a good working relationship is also being able to discuss difficult things with clients, maybe even things that they were unaware of. There may be times when you want to talk about oranges, in fact you’re convinced that oranges are the problem, but it is apparent to me that your yard is full of sheep and they are eating not only your grass, but your flowers too!
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. As few sessions as is required – this is an important focus and helps to empower the client once they are able to independently apply treatment strategies and sustain the gains they have made.
I strongly believe therapy works best when it is collaborative. I am keen to foster positive working relationships with my clients. I encourage clients to openly discuss the potential challenges and the process of therapy. This approach helps clients to meet their individual needs, to appreciate that their voice is just as valid as mine, and assists them to meet their goals in a timely manner.
I welcome individual differences and diversity in my practice.
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.