Counselling Methods

There are many counselling approaches that are helpful to clients. I draw from the following empirically-supported methods and tailor my approach to individual client needs. 


Emotionally-Focused Therapy

Sue Johnson and Les Greenberg founded EFT for individuals and from there grew emotionally-focused couples therapy, emotionally-focused family therapy, and emotionally-focused trauma therapy. It is a psychotherapeutic approach  based on the premise that human emotions are connected to human needs, and therefore emotions have an innately adaptive potential that, if activated and processed through, can help people change problematic emotional states and interpersonal relationships.


Couples THerapy

Couples or marriage therapy attempts to improve romantic relationships and resolve interpersonal conflicts. I use a mix of family systems, attachment oriented psychotherapies, and teach active listening and communication. I draw from emotionally-focused couples therapy, Satir family therapy, gestalt therapy, psychoeducation, and the theories and programs of Masters & Johnson, and Penner & Penner for sex and intimacy therapy. 


Existential Therapy

Existential therapy is a phenomenological and person-oriented psychotherapy, with the aim of helping people to cultivate openness towards their experiences, to facilitate authentic decisions and to bring about a truly responsible way of dealing with life and the world. With an emphasis on choice and freedom, this approach helps people be able to live in such a way where they find resonance between what they do and who they are. It can be applied in cases of psychosocial, psychosomatic and psychological caused maladaptations in experience and behaviour.


Lifespan integration

Developed by Peggy Pace, Lifespan Integration therapy is a gentle, body-based therapeutic method which heals without re-traumatizing. It was originally created as a method for treating adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse and neglect; however, also has been found to be highly effective with a wide range of therapeutic issues. The premise of LI is to facilitate neural integration using active imagination and a survey timeline of a person's life. This neural integration enables people to feel better about life, to be more self-accepting, and to be better able to enjoy their intimate relationships.


Neurobiology of attachment

Research into the neuroscience of human connection has revealed that there are parts of the brain called "mirror neurons" which enables us to understand and empathize, so immediately and instinctively, another person's thoughts, feelings and intentions. Research has demonstrated that mirror neurons help us feel what another person feels, and if these feelings are similar enough, the understanding of another person is soothing and calming on a neurological level. This can be an extraordinary emotionally-corrective experience for people who have not been understood, empathized with, or perhaps even abused and neglected. Therapists are highly trained in emotional processing, non-verbal and para-verbal markers in communication, and in the importance of establishing a strong therapeutic connection with the client. 


Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy

CBT was developed by Aaron Beck and is used for the development of personal coping strategies that target solving current problems and changing unhelpful patterns in cognitions (e.g. thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes), behaviours, and emotional regulation. The aim is to help individuals challenge their unhelpful or negative patterns and replace errors in thinking with more realistic and effective thoughts, thus decreasing emotional distress and self-defeating behaviour.