My service is for adults with a range of problems including insomnia, anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic pain.
My treatment approach is evidence-based (EBT) and my primary treatment method is Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy for: Insomnia (CBT-I), Anxiety, Depression CBT-Depression), Chronic Pain (CBT-Pain). I also provide an emotion-focused treatment related to CBT called “Dialectical Behavior Therapy" (Skills Only). These treatments work - sometimes as effectively as medication. They work by helping you understand the connection between your thoughts, feelings and emotions so that you can choose a more flexible and effective approach to situations which are difficult or challenging. You might find DBT of interest if you have difficulty with regulating emotions; if you have negative emotions which come on rapidly, escalate quickly, become quite intense and last for a longer time than you wished. Your emotions, may feel beyond your control at times. DBT helps with those kinds of difficulties and in addition to CBT skills, DBT focuses closely on emotions through teaching you skills such as Acceptance, Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Distress Tolerance or Emotion Regulation. An important part of both CBT and DBT is that you learn to pay close attention to specific times in your day or week when you are not able to pull off the kind of skillful behaviour you wished. You'll learn more about spending less time on "auto-pilot". Ultimately, both of these approaches (CBT and DBT) are rooted in a strong relationship with the therapist so that we're able to explore, understand and tackle some of your most pressing concerns. All CBT approaches (including DBT) - whether for anxiety, depression, insomnia, pain or emotion dysregulation - involve a careful assessment of your heart-felt goals for yourself, and what's getting in your way "now" and helping you reach your goals..