My therapeutic practice is guided by a client-centred, feminist, and strengths-based framework. I also draw on a diverse range of therapeutic approaches depending on your counselling needs, goals, history, and any other positive experiences you have had with therapy. I will respond to you based on what you feel you need and gently challenge you to take steps toward reaching your personal goals.
I may integrate the following therapeutic frameworks and approaches as we work together:
Client Centered Therapy: An overarching framework that values the core therapeutic principles of unconditional acceptance, empathy, non-judgement, and authenticity. Typically, the counsellor plays a more non-directive role in the therapeutic process, allowing the client to steer the direction of therapy based on the client’s own needs.
Feminist Counselling: A person-centered, politically informed framework that recognizes the cultural context of the individual coming to therapy. This approach helps to empower the individual in therapy by helping them to strengthen their own self identity. The counsellor demonstrates a comprehensive understanding of oppression and offers a therapeutic relationship that emphasizes mutuality and equality.
Strengths-Based Counselling Approach: An approach in which the client is supported in the process of identifying his/her/their past and present accomplishments, and to use these as examples to address any current challenges being faced.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT): ACT teaches clients that it is okay to have unwanted thoughts and feelings, but rather than struggling with those thoughts and feelings, ACT provides a framework that helps teach clients new ways of relating to them as experiences to be had, rather than experiences to be fought or avoided.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT): In CBT, clients learn that when faced with a distressing situation, their thoughts, behaviours and feelings influence one another. To help manage the emotional distress, CBT provides a framework that helps teach clients how to recognize unhelpful thinking patterns and behaviours, and develop new perspectives and action steps to help manage emotional difficulty.
DBT-informed approach (Dialectical Behavioural Therapy): An approach that provides individuals with understanding and skills for encouraging change in behavioural, emotional, thinking, and interpersonal patterns associated with specific challenges in daily living.
Emotion Focused Therapy: An approach where clients learn to recognize, accept, express, and regulate their emotions. Clients also learn to make sense of their emotions and how to respond to them.
Trauma Informed Therapy: A framework that focuses on the physical, psychological and emotional safety of individuals who have survived trauma. Within this approach, the counsellor will help their clients to regain a sense of control and empowerment within their lives.