philosophy & approach to counselling

I am committed to psychotherapy and believe strongly in the potential for healing and growth through connection: with other people, other pets and creatures, music and art, the natural world, and with oneself. 

Therapeutic Approaches
 
Mindful Self Compassion
Relational-Cultural Theory
Existential-Humanistic approach
Mindfulness
Human-Animal Bond  & Companion animal (pet) Therapy
Attachment 
Music & creative arts
Diversity and Multiculturalism
 

the power of pets

 

helping you find your way to a different path, a better path

It is widely agreed upon by many cultures and individuals that the companionship of an animal has health-enhancing effects. Given the high levels of stress, anxiety, depression and other mental health issues in contemporary society combined with growing isolation due to the diminishment of family and community in urban centres, the companionship and presence of an animal or a pet can be highly beneficial. The relationships we have with pets can be precious to us.

There Is a Hole in My Sidewalk
Autobiography in Five Short Chapters      

 By Portia Nelson

Chapter One

I walk down the street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I fall in.
I am lost…I am helpless.
It isn’t my fault.
It takes forever to find a way out.

 

Chapter Two
I walk down the street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I pretend that I don’t see it.
I fall in again.
I can’t believe I am in this same place.
But, it isn’t my fault.
It still takes a long time to get out.

 

 

Chapter Three
I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I see it is there.
I still fall in…it’s a habit…but,
My eyes are open
I know where I am
It is my fault.
I get out immediately,

 

Chapter Four
I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I walk around it.

 

Chapter Five

I walk down another street.