My goal as a therapist is to help you reach the goals you want to achieve – your progress is my progress. My approach to therapy is to help get to the underlying causes of the problems you are facing and reach a solution you are comfortable with, not just manage the symptoms. This helps to understand the source of the challenges you are facing, and then we can work toward achieving your goals.
I take a goal-oriented approach to therapy right from the beginning; the solutions we find are tailored for your and your personal circumstances. This is why one of the first questions I will ask you is “What would you like to achieve in therapy?”.
Areas of Practice
I work with clients from a wide variety of backgrounds and life experiences. I have experience working with clients who are facing stress, life transitions (e.g., graduating university, entering the workforce, career transitions), self-injury, depression, anxiety, strategies for managing ADHD, suicide, and men’s issues. I also have experience working with clients from different cultures and cultural views.
Sessions are $60.00 per hour and includes 55 minutes for counselling, and 5 minutes for clinical notes. Services such as consultations, reports, and letter writing are billed at the same rate.
All sessions are audio recorded for clinical and note-taking purposes. In addition to taking notes in session, audio recordings are used to aid in file management and to minimize interruptions. Audio recordings also allow your therapist revisit previous sessions and discuss progress with you. These recordings are handled in an identical way to your clinical file and are not shared without your express written consent. All files are stored on a password-protected, encrypted computer file. Do not hesitate to speak to your therapist for more information about the use and storage of your file and session recordings.
Video appointments are available and therapy is the same as it would be if you attended in-person appointments. The only difference is the setting – you are at home rather than in the office. If you prefer to have video appointments, you and your therapist will schedule a brief phone call to discuss your needs, the informed consent process, and the intake paperwork. The informed consent form and intake paperwork can be completed online if you do not have a printer.
Here are a few tips to make your video sessions go as smooth as possible.
- Find a quiet, private location to attend your appointment. A bedroom, living room, or home office works best.
- Public spaces such as libraries, bus rides, or lunch rooms at work are not appropriate for video appointments as they are not confidential.
- Minimize distractions for your appointment. You may wish to have a fan going for air circulation, but try to keep it pointed away from the microphone to avoid ‘wind noises’. External noises such as a radio, television, or music playing as these noises can interfere with the audio of the session.
- Keep your camera steady and free from obstructions. Connecting through video sessions can be difficult, but by keeping your camera or device in a steady location such as on the table or in a holder can make things go smoothly. This also helps minimize ‘wind noise’ in our speakers.
- Please refrain from doing housework or other activities during your appointment.