We all need connection, and yet sometimes we find ourselves alone and isolated, or in relationships that feel lonely, disappointing, stressful or emotionally threatening. Perhaps you have unexpressed or unmet needs, or feel disconnected from your needs in a significant way. Many people who come to my office feel misunderstood, unseen/unheard, anxious, stressed/overwhelmed.
To support meaningful and long lasting growth, I sit down with you in a relaxed way and listen carefully to what brings you in. I ask questions to really get to know you and deeply understand your thoughts, feelings, and experiences including sensations in your body and nervous system. I place great importance on being fully present and nonjudgemental, supporting you to notice and make sense of patterns you experience. The relationship we create is solely focussed on your needs.
While practicing from presence, I bring a relational and embodied approach that is informed by my ongoing learning in relational neuroscience and attachment theory. This contributes to the supportive relationship I seek to have with you, attending to your emotional safety, a process which is both integrative and emotionally regulating. My intention is to support your capacity for wholeness, authenticity and connectedness in relationships.
I bring 25 years experience as a Relational Psychotherapist, as well as up to date extensive training in the ways that our early relationships effect the development of our nervous systems, how we manage emotion, and how comfortable or uncomfortable we are in connection with others.
Areas of Focus
Here are a few, but by no means all, of the things that may bring people into my office:
Issues in relationships, including feeling shut down or overwhelmed/out of control
Relationship loss including separation, divorce, bereavement
Current or past trauma, emotional, physical, sexual abuse & neglect, attachment trauma
Feeling self critical, not good enough, unworthy/ashamed
Overwhelmed by emotions, including anxiety, hopelessness, sadness, anger, depression, guilt, and shame
Feeling disconnected and shut down
Stuck in the cognitive world, cut off from emotions
Dealing with transition, feeling unsettled, at a crossroads
If you are seeking a Counsellor / Psychotherapist in Burnaby and would like to explore whether I am a good fit for your needs, please feel free to reach out with questions or request for a complimentary consultation.