I have learned through personal and professional experience, that psychotherapy can be a powerful catalyst for shifting mood states and for healing the central nervous system.  As well, counselling can help couples move through issues that feel “stuck” and even hopeless. 

In my Vernon, BC practice, I have chosen to specialize in two treatment methods that I believe offer the most benefit in the least amount of time:

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

In treating individuals with anxiety, depression, addiction, eating disorders, PTSD and other issues, I utilize EMDR.  EMDR is one of the most researched and proven techniques for reducing distress related to overwhelming life events.

When a traumatic or very negative event occurs, information processing may be incomplete, perhaps because strong negative feelings or dissociation interfere with information processing.  This can include childhood abuse (emotional, sexual, physical), bullying, loss of loved ones, medical trauma or any event that overwhelms the central nervous system.

Memory of these events can be dysfunctionally stored without appropriate associative connections and with many elements still unprocessed. The mind can heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma, as the brain’s information processing system naturally moves toward mental health, once blocks to its healing are removed.

Sessions range from one hour to 90 minutes, allowing for full and adaptive processing of emotional content.  EMDR is NOT traditional talk therapy OR hypnosis; it is a gentle but effective means of “clearing out” old and unhelpful memories that may be interfering with current functioning.

This video from ABC’s 20/20 report in 1994 is a great overview of this method.

Gottman Method Couples Therapy

The Gottman Method is a highly structured and goal-oriented form of couples therapy that is designed to help couples maintain healthy, lasting relationships.

Combining the knowledge and wisdom of nearly forty years of studies and clinical practice, Gottman Method Couples Therapy helps couples break through barriers to achieve greater understanding, connection and intimacy in their relationships. Through research-based interventions and exercises, couples discover their strengths and challenges and receive practical tools to build solid, resilient relationships. Intervention strategies are based upon empirical data from Dr. Gottman’s study of more than 3,000 couples. This research shows what actually works to help couples achieve a long-term healthy relationship.

I have completed both basic and advanced Gottman Method Training (Levels 1 and 2), and am comfortable using a wide range of proven techniques to support couples.  No matter the issue or level of distress, Gottman therapy offers couples real hope for change and growth.

Check out the Gottman Relationship Blog.   It’s full of useful information on communication, conflict management and repair, how to heal affairs, bringing baby home, etc.  This free resource gives an overview of Gottman’s principles for building a “Sound Relationship House”, from the ground up!