Psychotherapy
 
 

Psychotherapy is a regulated health profession which involves bringing the “mind” and “spirit” elements of the “body-mind-spirit” trilogy back into the clinical setting.  Registered Psychotherapists assess and treat cognitive, emotional, spiritual and behavioural disturbances.  There are many different historical influences, many different types of psychotherapy techniques, and many different interpretations of each type.  My approach is an eclectic and evolving one, drawing from several traditions including Insight and Behavioural therapy, Buddhist psychology, Indigenous spirituality, naturopathic medical philosophy, and spiritual direction.

  My work focusses on the psychospiritual aspects of health and disease.  Therefore,  I more commonly work with adult individuals and couples who are willing to, and capable of, exploring these realms in a therapeutic setting. 

The nature of your concern determines the direction of the therapy.  I have found that concerns usually fall within one of four categories: 

  1) anxiety and emotional challenges,

2) depression and grief,

3) lack of vocational, spiritual or personal direction, often experienced as “stuckness” or a lack of a sense of life purpose,

4) relationships of all kinds, past or present

Given that the vast majority of our lived experience goes on without our conscious awareness, (this includes emotions, memories, dreams, past traumas, and basic physiological processes like digestion, cardiovascular activity and immunity), the approach in sessions is often “psychodynamic”.  This means that we explore and unpack the subconscious influences on your daily life in order to enhance self-awareness.

We can accomplish this in many ways.   One of the best ways to access subconscious information is through
“Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”  
Viktor Frankl
the dream landscape.  I highly recommend keeping a dream journal right from the beginning of our work together.  Not only do they offer valuable information about your individual life experience, but dreams can also offer insight into our collective reality, providing you with a broader awareness.  In other words, they can often help us zoom out and get the “big picture”, which is always useful. 

I feel that experiential work is essential to effective therapy.  This allows you to step out of your logical conscious mind and directly contact valuable information within the context of your body.  This might take the form of guided or active visualization exercises, Inner Child and Subpersonality work, Gestalt exercises, or art therapy, to name a few.

We also explore the cognitive and behavioural bases of challenges.  Journalling exercises, thought records, and counselling interventions allow  you to exploit the singular power we humans seem to possess within the animal kingdom:  our conscious reflective minds.

Sometimes, I may recommend Homeopathic Remedies, Plant Medicines or give lifestyle advice, a carry-over from my years working as a naturopathic doctor.  This is largely in the service of the psychotherapy, helping to alleviate physical, emotional, and/or energetic obstacles to the self-awareness that psychotherapy facilitates.

Even physical challenges, acute or chronic (ex. headaches, eczema, joint/muscle pains, organ dysfunction, degenerative disease, etc.) ultimately involve the indivisible bodymind animated by Spirit and, therefore, can benefit from psychotherapy interventions.  

Ultimately, I recognize that there are external resources and internal resources you can draw from when you are challenged and I encourage a comprehensive approach.   

I find working in collaboration with other compatible healthcare practitioners immensely beneficial.

Contact me to book a session.

 
What to Expect From a Session
 

Check out the Blog entry entitled “Psycho-what?” to learn about the difference between psychotherapy, psychology and psychiatry.

The Temple of Kukulkan at Chichen Itza, Mexico.  Kukulkan is the Feathered Serpent Deity of Mayan mythology, representing the dual nature of the human experience: human and divine

“Your beliefs become your thoughts.  Your thoughts become your words.  Your words become your actions.  Your actions become your habits.  Your habits become your character, and your character becomes your destiny.” 

Mahatma Ghandi

(quote also attributed to Buddha)

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