My Approach

I have had extensive training in Cognitive Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Exposure Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. These therapies are what are usually called Cognitive Behavioural Therapies (CBT). A number of years ago, after having an extremely helpful experience in my own therapy, I started learning Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP; which admittedly is a bit of a mouthful).

In ISTDP, there is a much stronger emphasis on emotions, on the here and now, and on the client’s experience moment to moment. ISTDP is much less a therapy in which ‘techniques’ are either taught to clients or done to them and is very focused on working closely with the client’s immediate experience. While I got quite good results working with CBT, I’ve found that the addition of ISTDP to be transformative. In ISTDP there is also a very strong emphasis on ongoing skill development for therapists and I am committed to weekly continuous development and training.

If you want to learn more about my approach, feel free to contact me.

Who I Work With and The Problems I Help With

I predominantly work with adults but also occasionally work with adolescents.
Most of the people I work with come in with a range of difficulties. These can include but are not limited to low mood, anxiety, addictions, obsessions and compulsions, ADHD, phobias, trauma, chronic pain, difficulties in relationships, difficulties with work, and difficulties with health.
People often ask me “Do you help people with X problem?” or “Do you have much experience helping people with Y?”. While the answer to these questions is typically yes, it is important to understand the difference between the underlying causes of your difficulties and the observable symptoms. For example, two people might come in reporting difficulties with low mood but the causes of their low mood could be quite different. Or the reverse might be true. Two people might come in reporting different symptoms, but the underlying causes of these quite different symptoms might be very similar.

When I work with people I try to help them with the underlying causes of their symptoms, so often questions like the above become less important. With that said, therapy is there to help you with what you want help with. If there is anything that you do not want to look at or work on then we don’t do that.

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