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What do you mean by “integrative counselling”?

I use the term in two senses. First, it refers to a style of counselling that blends different techniques into one  approach, tailored to the problems at hand. Integrative also refers to the process by which healing can occur. Recognizing that many of our experiences become inalienable parts of us, integration is the process by which a person makes their experience part of their growth, and often a new, cohesive identity.

How exactly can you help me with a problem?

Most people reach out wanting solutions to problems. I can help provide effective skills to resolve or alleviate those problems.

People also often reach out wanting greater insight into why and how a problem exists. Exploratory work helps to provide this insight. Exploratory work helps people achieve greater self-understanding and comprehension by uncovering hidden patterns, giving voice to parts of ourselves that have been long quiet, and instilling curiosity about parts of ourselves we don’t fully know. For some, exploratory work culminates in answering the ultimate questions of who we are, and why we are here.

When time and space permits, I see the best results in combining skill-building and exploratory work.

What do you recommend for session frequency/cadence?

It depends. For trauma work, or when problems are intense, I recommend weekly. Otherwise, I suggest a frequency that works for you. Some people find weekly sessions beneficial, others prefer every two or three weeks. Generally speaking, people get better results when they start with sessions close together, spacing them out more as they start to feel better.

Do you give homework?

That’s up to you: some people like to have their work contained within session; others like to carry on their work outside. I’ll work with your preference.

How many sessions will it take for me to feel better?

People often feel better after the first session. Simply being able to freely share one’s experience, without judgment or expectation, is therapeutic in itself. In the first couple sessions I aim to help people get a handle on their most distressing problems, so they can begin to gain a sense of control and hope for the future. Most people consequently start to feel significantly better after two to five sessions — but that’s not an expectation or an ideal. We all have our own pace for inner work, and ‘simple’ problems are rarely simple. If they were, we’d resolve them ourselves.

What is your cancellation policy?

I ask that I receive 24 hours’ notice for cancellations. The full session rate will be charged for cancellations with less notice.