My private practice is located in the Surrey – Langley – Delta area of the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. I provide counselling and psychotherapy for individuals and couples. I use various cognitive-behavioral methods for the treatment of anxiety, PTSD, social phobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and panic disorder. I help individuals who are struggling with loss or who find that they are unable to free themselves from their past. When appropriate, I use mindfulness and relaxation methods to help the client harness his or her creative abilities to achieve positive change. For relationship difficulties I use an experience-focused approach based on the principles of Emotionally Focused Therapy to help couples let go of old, self-defeating patterns of behavior and reestablish emotional intimacy and trust.
In my clinical practice, I have a special itnerest in helping individuals who have difficulty developing close, satisfying relationships. Research has shown that often the psychological problems that adults experience in life have their source in childhood family relationships in which there was a lack of love or emotional safety.
Everyone’s personal struggles and challenges are unique, and so I always adapt my treatment approaches to fit the individual and his or her particular situation. While experience and skill in the use of a variety of psychological techniques are important, research has shown that what is more important in helping a person change is not so much the specific tools or methods the treatment provider prefers to use, but how these tools are used.
What matters a lot in helping a person change is the ability of the therapist to form an effective working relationship with the client. I regard the working relationship to be of great importance in helping the client find new ways of thinking, feeling and relating to the world and other people. Hence, I place great emphasis on establishing and maintaining an active, flexible and collaborative working alliance with you. I strive to be sensitive to your feelings and needs so as to maximize the benefits of treatment.
Victims of Crime
If you have been the unfortunate victim of a crime, the world may have become a very fearful place for you. Your sense of safety and security may have been damaged and familiar places may now feel scary and unpredictable. Your sense of trust may have been badly shaken, and thoughts about what was done to you may repeatedly trouble you. I have experience helping victims of assault and crime regain their sense of security and confidence so that they can lead more normal lives again.
Assessment and Consultation
I earned my doctoral degree in clinical psychology at the University of Manitoba in 1983. I have worked in psychiatric inpatient and outpatient treatment settings. I have many years of experience working in the disability management field, helping persons who have been injured or traumatized on the job to return to work. For a number of years I was a psychology advisor for WorkSafeBC providing consultation and assessment services. I have extensive experience in medicolegal assessments involving complex causality issues, and in the psychological management of emotional trauma and coping difficulties resulting from workplace injuries.