Providing you with solutions

Based on your individual needs & concerns

Therapeutic Approaches I Use

I will use my expertise to provide you with solutions based on your individual needs and concerns. Below are some of the techniques available for my clients:

cognitive behavioural therapy

Therapy that helps you overcome difficulties by identifying dysfunctional thinking, behaviour and emotional responses. Through this method, you will develop skills that identify and challenge distorted thinking and beliefs in order to change feelings and behavior. As a result, you will ultimately be able to view yourself differently and relate to others in different ways. This is a very effective form of treatment for depression and anxiety disorders.


This form of therapy, sometimes referred to as “talk therapy”, includes techniques that increase awareness, enabling you to recognize other choices of thoughts, feelings and actions. Its goal is to increase your sense of well-being and help you manage discomfort or distress more readily.

Clinical Hypnosis

I use clinical hypnosis as a treatment tool, after I have taken a careful history to determine if it is the best treatment for you. Through the use of hypnosis, you will gradually reach a state of deep relaxation without ever losing awareness, consciousness, or control.

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Scientific research has established EMDR as one of the most effective treatments for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. However, preliminary studies also indicate that EMDR might be helpful with other disorders such as: performance anxiety, pain disorder, social phobia, anxiety disorder and stress reduction. It has also been used effectively by clinicians with people who are concerned about their work or sports performance.

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It's not "all in your mind"

  • If you’re often restless or “on edge”
  • Feel you have a lump in your throat
  • Have trouble concentrating
  • Are tired, irritable, impatient
  • Are easily distracted and tense
  • Have trouble sleeping
  • Sweat excessively
  • Are often short of breath
  • Have frequent stomach aches, diarrhea or headaches

You may have generalized anxiety disorder, which can start at a surprisingly young age and stay with you through life. Or you could be suffering from other anxiety disorders – panic attacks, social anxiety, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder, agoraphobia. As a registered psychologist, I am able to apply empirically researched therapies to help you deal with it and lead a more fulfilling life.

If you’re worried about your own safety, or that of someone close to you; or if you have the feeling that something bad is about to happen – with no apparent cause, please email me at or call (204) 992-2442.


Depression – you can’t just "snap out of it"

  • If you’ve lost interest in daily activities
  • Feel sad or “down” for an extended period
  • Feel hopeless
  • Cry for no obvious reason
  • Have trouble sleeping
  • Can’t concentrate
  • Have difficulty making decisions
  • Gain or lose weight without trying
  • Are irritable, restless, easily annoyed
  • Feel tired and hopeless
  • Have lost interest in sex
  • Are contemplating suicide
  • Experience back pain or headaches that can’t be explained

You may be depressed. Depression is a clinical condition, one of the most common in the world. It affects your thought process, your behaviour and may even leave you wondering why you should “go on”.

If you’re experiencing some or any of these symptoms, please email me at or call (204) 992-2442. As a psychologist I have a variety of therapeutic strategies available to help you feel better.


Grief - coping with loss

Grief is normally associated with the loss of someone we love through death, divorce, a disagreement or even a major move. Grieving itself is a normal, healthy response to loss, but sometimes the sorrow seems to extend itself, or disappear briefly only to return, perhaps more deeply.

You may experience a host of emotional and physical symptoms, such as:

If this is true of you, it may be time to turn to professional help. You might need more than a sympathetic ear. Someone who is trained can assist you through this troublesome time and aid you in moving beyond your grief towards a more positive life.

Feeling understood through this difficult time is one of the first steps in coping with your loss. Friends and family can provide invaluable support. However, if you find that you are not feeling better over time, that you continue to have limited energy, and that you have lost enjoyment in life, it may be time to contact me. Please email me at or call (204) 992-2442.


Phobias - your fear is REAL

A phobia is a persistent, irrational fear of a specific object or situation. It results in a strong desire to avoid what you fear. This can cause problems in your work, social life and daily routines.

Phobias can be specific to certain situations, such as flying, going to the dentist, heights, tunnels, spiders, snakes and more. They can also make you afraid of normal social situations, a party say, or even being asked to make a presentation. One of the most common phobias is fear of being in a place from which you cannot escape – agoraphobia.

An approach validated by research, cognitive behavioral therapy, is often successful in helping people recover. It is not easy facing the things we fear the most, but by doing so with a trained professional people can often learn to feel better and enjoy their lives more.

Symptoms of phobia can include:

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, I will work with you to help you overcome them. Please email me at or call (204) 992-2442.

Post-Traumatic Stress

Post-Traumatic Stress - Reliving the past

If you’ve ever witnessed or experienced an extremely traumatic event, you may have difficulty adjusting and coping afterwards. These events could include:

Although symptoms of post-traumatic stress could start shortly after the event, some people may only start experiencing them years later. These symptoms, which can be very disruptive, may include:

If you think that you are experiencing post-traumatic stress, I may be able to help. Living with post-traumatic stress is very difficult and can cause a lot of unnecessary anguish. By taking a comprehensive history, and finding out how you are affected, I will be able to tell you what I can do to help. Please email me at or call (204) 992-2442.


Sometimes they can become a battleground!

Experiencing difficulties with:

  • Your spouse
  • Partner
  • Boss
  • Co-workers
  • Friends
  • Family members?

Relationships of any kind can get strained. Causes for this are many and varied, but could include such issues as:

If you value the relationship, and want to preserve it, understanding the root cause of the problem is key to resolving it.

The first step towards resolution is my obtaining your history, along with information about this stressful relationship. Then we will decide how you want to proceed.

While we can’t change others, we can change our own behavior. This affects the dynamics of the relationship. Learn about more effective ways to communicate and resolve conflicts. If your partner/spouse/family member is also interested in improving your relationship, which is ideal, I would then be able to work with both of you. Whether it’s individual or couple counselling, please email me at or call (204) 992-2442.


Stress – It affects your mind, body and emotions

Stress is the by-product of a number of factors that release powerful neurochemicals and hormones, readying us for action. The “fight or flight” response. While stress is a normal part of daily life, it can also cause significant problems, particularly when it is:

Physical symptoms of excessive stress include:

Excess stress can also be accompanied by emotional and behavioral symptoms, such as:

Stress responses can stem from unresolved, early-life conflict or current issues. Day-to-day stress is best managed with regular exercise, proper diet and quality sleep. However, at times, these measures may not be enough. You may require professional help to cope with the stressors in your life.

Sometimes working on your problems with a professional can help you determine those things you can “let go”. This could involve learning new skills that will help you to handle the stress in your life. I will work with you to determine just how you can reduce it, so that you find enjoyment again. Together we can explore the options that will be best suited to your needs. If you feel this would be helpful, please email me at or call (204) 992-2442.