Perhaps you are experiencing a significant transition in your life, wanting to explore your identity, are feeling the influence of anxiety or depression, or are wanting to heal from traumatic experiences you have had. Whatever the life challenge that you are experiencing, I am committed to working collaboratively with you to access your strengths, uncover your preferred vision for living, and create the change that you are seeking.
NOW ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS. Sometimes we find ourselves feeling stuck or lost and searching for meaning – leaving us with feelings of anxiety and/or depression. Some may unexpectedly find themselves in the midst of a major life transition, while others are looking to make a change. Life can be very challenging and stressful at times — you know this. But what you may not know is that there are ways to prepare yourself to navigate these challenges with less pain and more ease. No matter where you find yourself or what you are facing, I offer a safe place to support you on your path to wellness.
My approach to clients is always strength based, as I believe that every individual has unique strengths that can serve as a foundation for their personal growth. My style is to be warm, open, and nonjudgmental. There are many modes of therapy. I am not limited to, but use cognitive behavior therapy, solution-focused therapy, mindfulness based cognitive therapy and motivational interviewing.
Taking on a limited amount of new clients. Whether you think you had a 'normal' childhood or know the dysfunction you experienced, we are all wounded by not 'good enough' parenting and thus, develop coping mechanisms which do not always serve us. These adaptations result in depression, addictions, and a feeling of 'stuckness' or 'blah.' I help clients see these adaptations and underlying falsities that many of us continue to live by. As we work, meaningful insights occur and hope returns. You will gain better control of situations and learn to make more meaningful decisions in your life.
Life throws many surprises at us, and while we cannot predict the outcome of any situation, we can take control of how we respond to certain situations. When you work with me you’ll learn about acceptance and how to exert your power of choice over whatever life may throw at you. My work as an Elementary School Counsellor and 27 years of experience in the Education system allows me to work with children and to provide support for families who are experiencing anxiety, depression, grief & loss, trauma and social, emotional and behavioral stresses.
OFFERING PHONE AND WEBCAM SERVICES ONLY. David is an experienced marriage and family therapist, with training in Brief Solution Focused Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. I understand the challenges that individuals,couples and families may face, and believe that marriage and family therapy results in healthier, happier relationships. Our counselling sessions are goal-oriented and solution-focused. Fortitude Counselling believe that facing a challenge in life is an opportunity to challenge yourself and learn new strategies and skills to address the challenge head on.
I am currently moving my practice from Victoria to Parksville. I am a psychologist/counsellor practicing for over 30 years in Alta&BC. My major area of expertise is assistance with trauma related issues. I am trained in EMDR, EFT, and other therapy techniques. I also provide supportive counselling for the critically ill, and dying patients. Services are provided in person and online. I can also see clients in their home or in hospital in the mid-island region. My background also includes working with childhood abuse, addictions, navigating difficult relationships, clarifying goals and actions, and working with suicidal individuals.
Anyone including individuals, couples and families in need of counselling will benefit from coming to see me. I have had many years experience working with youth and adults. The area I particularly enjoy working with is trauma, both childhood and more recent traumatic experiences such as car accidents, abuse, or other traumatic incidents. I work collaboratively with my clients to determine what their goals are and what therapy will be the most useful. I have been trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and find this very effective in working with trauma.
I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with over 30 years of experience providing counselling services to individuals (all ages), couples, families and first responders. I offer respectful, collaborative, holistic, compassionate and goal focused counselling in a safe and supportive environment. I offer a broad spectrum of services ranging from brief solution focused support to intensive psychotherapeutic support, including EMDR. I believe in the value of working collaboratively with my clients, and I have a deep respect and appreciation for diversity.
I consider every person I have the opportunity to walk with to be unique and capable of shifting any problem that may be getting in the way of being the best version of self possible. It is important to me to collaborate with each client to develop focus points in our work and I look for strengths and resources in my clients. I am trained in EMDR and have extensive experience supporting individuals, couples, families, as well as first responders work through trauma and PTSD, occupational stress injury, addictions, grief and loss, depression, anxiety, anger, self-esteem, disordered eating, and mood disorders.
I am trained to work with individuals, couples, youth and families, and will provide support and encouragement to achieve breakthrough for emotional and relational concerns. I also support parents to enhance skills and find greater satisfaction in raising their children. I have over twenty-five years in the counselling field and can provide a supportive, caring space for clients to share their concerns, learn effective coping strategies, begin recovery and reconnect with life.
At Palm and Cedar Wellness Clinic, I believe all persons have an inner beauty crafted inside them. Creating a safe place to walk with you through the desert areas of your heart, mind, and body is my priority. I am trained in Somatic-Attachment theory using S.A.F.E EMDR to work with trauma, anxiety, depression, grief, and or career transitions.. In therapy, one of the gifts it can bring is that in the valley of troubles there can be a door of hope to you. I desire to work with you to achieve your goals that assist you in your unique life journey. I am trained in S.A.F.E EMDR approaches with trauma, mood disorders, life transitions,
However much we may seek stability, life is a series of interconnected transitions. Sometimes we face complex changes that seem unworkable and challenges that appear impossible. Learning how to deal with the ongoing changes of our lives promotes personal growth and deepens our sense of pupose and fulfillment. With tools and support you can navigate these changes and establish a sense of safety and stability with a deeper, even more fulfilling sense of personal wholeness. Together, we can activate the internal resources that will help you to move forward with confidence. You will know when this therapy is successful.
Sessions are available. People seek counselling for reasons as varied as shifting tidal sands. Some want to ease stress and/or anxiety while others want help regarding past and present mistreatment of visible minorities. Others with visible and/or invisible disabilities may deal with issues regarding accessibility or navigating social interactions. Others yet are dealing with evolving sexual and/or gender identities, seeking help with their new understandings about themselves. Whether changing perspectives or navigating new territory, Inclusions Counselling can help.
You’ll never know your full potential until you give yourself a chance. Your story needs to be told, by you. You don't have to know where to begin. I will meet you at where you are, we can figure out together. I walk along side you on your healing journey.
I am an adult/child/youth and family therapist and clinical consultant in private practice. As well as being a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC), I am a Registered Art Therapist (ATR and BCATR), a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor (RPT-S), and a certified Play Therapist Supervisor (CPT-S). I celebrate 45+ years experience as a counsellor psychotherapist and 35 years teaching internationally the therapeutic methods I have developed called Holistic Expressive Therapy. For 34 years, I have taught courses at the Justice Institute of British Columbia where a certificate on my approach to therapy is offered.
My work is primarily with those who have experienced trauma - the experience of being emotionally and psychologically overwhelmed by adverse childhood experiences and adult traumatic events. My focus is always on the present - how can those debilitated by anxiety, shame, and poor self-worth become healthy enough to meet their own needs for income, housing, positive and affirming relationships, and physical and mental wellness.
*The feeling of helplessness can be one of the most debilitating aspects of a traumatic experience. In a warm, nurturing space, you are gently guided to take a proactive role in your healing, regain control, experience self-efficacy and build resilience. In the session, you will learn skills to feel grounded, gain awareness of tension and holding patterns in the body. When mental, emotional, and physiological tension and stress are released from the body, you can interact more adaptive ways to various life circumstances with consciousness, clarity and HEART.
Life is challenging and we all experience difficulties coping at times. Growth often comes from crises and the taxing periods of our lives. When our resilience is overwhelmed by our life circumstances, we can feel lost and doubt ourselves. Our emotions tell us if we are living true to our needs and values...or not. Experiences can lead to healing and growth. My speciality, Soul Work is an investment that leads to a richly authentic life experience. I am dedicated to helping you navigate the difficult times and understand your journey. Together we will help you regain holistic health in a safe, confidential space.
We're a group of experienced, trained, and professional counsellors who serve the mid-island area and beyond. We also provide online services for those who prefer it or for those who live outside of the geographic area. Are you dealing with depression, anxiety, stress, relationship turmoil? We can help!
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in Parksville are psychologists, licensed counselors, therapists, psychotherapists, and licensed clinical social workers, all of whom diagnose mental health conditions and provide individualized treatment.
Services offered, education and credentials vary by type of mental health professional. Each professional in Parksville then may specialize in certain areas, such as depression, marriage counseling, or anxiety. Although many mental health providers are not licensed to prescribe medication, they may coordinate with a provider who can.
Both in-person and online therapy sessions are available from most psychologists.
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What method of therapy is right for me?
When it comes to treatment methods, there's no 'right way.’ Each method of therapy can be beneficial for a variety of issues. Psychologists in Parksville specialize in therapeutic approaches such as CBT, EMDR, and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), among others. Finding a psychologist or therapist who is a good fit for you is the most important step to discovering what type of therapy, or combination of therapeutic approaches, will meet your individual needs. Learn what to expect from different types of therapy and how they work.
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