Assessment & Treatment
People tend to seek therapy when they want to make a change in their lives or personal way of being and need a little help or guidance making that change. I have several years of experience providing individual assessment and psychotherapy to adult clients using evidence-based approaches.
I offer diagnostic and personality assessments to clarify the nature of psychological problems and subsequently recommend appropriate treatment. All psychological assessment reports provide a full DSM-V diagnosis and are completed in a timely manner.
My psychotherapy approach is informed by the most current research relevant to the practice of Clinical and Rehabilitation Psychology. I practice Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and incorporate treatment interventions and strategies from psychodynamic, narrative, client-centred, and humanistic orientations. I provide individual psychotherapy to adult clients dealing with a variety of life stressors (e.g., relationship issues, life transitions, chronic worrying, work stress, challenges with self-esteem and assertiveness). Generally, sessions take place once per week. However, frequency may vary from twice weekly to bi-monthly, or less, depending on the specific needs of the individual and the presenting concerns. Ultimately, the decision about how often sessions take place and the total number of sessions will be made collaboratively with each client.
Some of my treatment services include:
Mood Disorders (e.g., Major Depression)
Anxiety Disorders (e.g., Generalized Anxiety, Phobias, Panic Attacks, Chronic Worrying)
Sleep Disorders (e.g., Primary Insomnia)
Special Interest: CBT for Chronic Insomnia (CBT-I)
I have a special interest in the assessment and treatment of chronic insomnia. The initial assessment includes a thorough sleep history to understand the nature of sleep problems and factors that may be related to sleep difficulties such as mood and anxiety symptoms and other life stressors. The assessment consists of an in-depth clinical interview and the completion of self-report questionnaires. I offer CBT for insomnia (CBT-I) which typically involves collaboratively developing healthy sleep promoting behaviours and examining the relationship between thoughts, feelings, and behaviours in the context of specific sleep difficulties. CBT-I is time-limited and usually ranges from 6-10 sessions.