“The soul is like a wild animal—tough, resilient, savvy, self-sufficient and yet exceedingly shy. If we want to see a wild animal, the last thing we should do is to go crashing through the woods, shouting for the creature to come out. But if we are willing to walk quietly into the woods ... the creature we are waiting for may well emerge, and out of the corner of our eye we will catch a glimpse of the precious wildness we seek.” Parker Palmer
The human journey can be tremendously difficult, and all of us at some point along the way, run into challenges where we need someone to come alongside – to join us on the road for a mile or two. It is not easy to take the step to contact a counsellor. From the start, it is so important that clients feel comfortable and safe with their counsellor. Part of building this safety is for clients to feel like the counsellor really gets it, really sees them, and has the competence to help.
My approach to counselling focusses on how people connect with themselves and with others. For better or worse, the human path is inherently relational. Relationships can imbue life with meaning, energy, and vitality; it is also in relationships where we can feel trapped, misunderstood, and betrayed. As a Registered Clinical Counsellor, I am informed by family systems theories, neuro-developmental theories, and Cognitive-behavioral Therapy among others.