More about me...
It is my experience that mind and body are connected and that change of one requires change in the other. I therefore employ an integrated and holistic approach that addresses issues from a mind/body/emotion/spirit perspective.
In addition to experience with cognitive behavioural methodology I am a certified practitioner of Integrative Body Psychotherapy (IBP) - a therapy methodology that integrates cognitive, psychotherapeutic, gestalt, transpersonal and body oriented approaches to therapy.
My practice has also involved training and experience working with trauma in children and adults using a wide variety of approaches, including EMDR. EMDR is especially well suited to working with trauma, PTSD and phobias, but also has a wide range of other applications.
My counselling experience includes counselling children in an elementary school setting, facilitation of anger management groups for men, and work in a reform school for teens with severe behaviour difficulties. I have also worked as an Employee Assistance program counsellor, and have worked with adolescents and adults in a variety of settings, including private practice.
I believe that counsellors need to understand what it is like to be a client, as well as a therapist, and that they should do their own personal work before attempting to help others. My training as an IBP practitioner included over 100 hours of personal therapy, so I have been able to experience counselling from both the perspective of receiving and of providing.
Before beginning my counselling career, I worked as an online teacher for elementary and secondary students, a highschool teacher, and an adult educator in two First Nations communities.
I was a student of vipassana meditation for many years and lived in a monastic community in Thailand for a year, learning with a Buddhist teacher there. My book, Falling Awake, explains more about my philosophy and approach and provides exercises and practices for personal growth and healing.
Other work and life experience includes working as a tree spacer, tree planter, commercial fisherman, rancher, and construction worker and traveling to many parts of the world, including India, Nepal, Europe and South America. In my spare time, I enjoy outdoor sports such as skiing, canoeing, hiking, climbing, running, horseback riding, and biking.
For more specific and detailed information about my philosophy, approach, and method of practice, please check the list of topics in the navigation panel and browse through this website.
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