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FAQS

HOW IS YOUR APPROACH TO THERAPY DIFFERENT FROM OTHER MODELS?

In other models, the approach can be more cognitive based where clients are taught to learn new strategies of change; this expectation of change created through insight can imply the expectation of 'shoulds.'  The challenge, however, is when the brain sees a right answer (shoulds) and also sees a threat, it will, out of survival instincts, always recognize the threat and bypass the shoulds.  And when there is the expectation of should but what is experienced is can't, internalized shame, conflict and confusion can creep in, which become underlying sources of anguish.  My approach is a somatic experiential approach using Internal Family Systems and Emotionally Focused Therapy; this helps unpack the adaptive blocks (the 'good reasons') that hold us back, unlocking a healthier relationship with Self and others. 

HOW MANY SESSIONS ARE NEED?

The goal of therapy through IFS is to understand the good reasons behind these ‘parts’ and help them unburden their extreme roles and become more Self-led.  With the unburdening of these protective roles, one can get out of stuck cycles and live a life with more harmony and balance. The length of therapy is guided by how much burdened parts can let go of their extreme roles and trust the Self to be the source of internal reassurance and guidance.  See 'Individual' page on this site for further explanation.  The focus is to not to solve the 'problem of the week' but rather have lasting change from within. 

WHAT ARE THE INITIAL STEPS TO START?

After contacting me and you feel like there is a good connection, I will email you an intake form for you to fill out separately.  This form will have questions that will help me understand your needs better so we can begin our work.

DOES MY INSURANCE COVER THERAPY?

As a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC #3164) licensed by the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC), most insurance companies recognize this designation.  It is best for you to check with your service provider.

DO YOU OFFER ONLINE THERAPY?

Yes, I have shifted to online therapy since 2020, and the clients that I see now continue to prefer the convenience of connecting from home to accommodate work and family schedules.  This has also allowed partners in long-distance relationships to seek out support.  Telehealth has not affected therapy outcomes nor compromised the therapist-client relationship.  Couples have shared that being at home has allowed them to feel safer to access their vulnerability - to practice those missing conversations in the space where it's supposed to happen is a big advantage.  Some weekend times are available.

WHAT ARE YOUR FEES?

Individual - $175/60 mins

Couples - $190/60mins

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