Who I Work With
My therapy clients are professionals in downtown Calgary who are dealing with personal, relationship, or work difficulties.
Here are some examples of the people I work with:
- Business owners
- Senior managers
- Investment bankers
- Management consultants
I have experience working with clients on a broad range of issues.
Below are some of the common problems that my clients bring to counselling:
- Stress and Anxiety
- Exhaustion and Burnout
- Relationship Problems
- Traumatic or Difficult Life Experiences
- Psychological Disorders
- Problem Behaviours
- Major Life Transitions
- Career Dissatisfaction or Change
Managing Stress and Anxiety
Some level of anxiety and stress is common, especially if you’re working in a demanding job and have a busy life. Yet, there is a point where stress and anxiety can become overwhelming. This is when counselling can help. For example, you may experience pervasive worries. Perhaps you feel tense or irritable, and can’t relax when you try to fall asleep.
Ending Exhaustion and Burnout
It is easy to become overwhelmed, exhausted and burned out from the demands of an intense workload combined with a full life.
Perhaps you lack the energy to do anything at the end of the day. The stress from work is affecting your relationships. This is not the way you thought you were going to live. You may be getting increasingly weary. If you don’t do something to get off the treadmill you’re currently on, your psychological and physical health will suffer.
Therapy can support you in overcoming exhaustion and burnout. We will focus on what you want from your life and help you find ways to say “no” to things you don’t want without feeling bad about it. We will work on finding a healthy balance between the conflicting demands of your career and other priorities you may have, such as raising a family.
Depression can occur during a difficult or high-stress period in your life, such as after a relationship ends or following another major change. In time, depression can subside and most people begin to feel better.
However, when depression feels intense and lasts too long, it can overpower you and take control of your life. You might feel unworthy, have trouble getting motivated, and some days not care about anything. I have had clients refer to this as “having difficulty living.”
Navigating Relationship Problems
Relationship struggles bring many of my clients to counselling. Our relationships with people can be some of the most rewarding experiences in our lives, yet, they can also bring us much difficulty and pain at times.
Whether you’re having relationship difficulties with a past or present spouse, partner, work colleague, family member or friend, therapy can help you break free of frustrating or unhealthy relationship patterns.
Therapy can help make your relationships more satisfying and rewarding, as well as increase harmony and closeness with loved ones, friends, and work colleagues. You’ll discover tools for improving communication, and setting boundaries when improving a relationship isn’t possible.
Healing After Traumatic or Difficult Life Experiences
Difficult or traumatic experiences, whether from early life (e.g., child abuse or neglect), or a recent experience (e.g., a car accident or major illness) can be disabling and interfere with all aspects of your life – relationships, family life, work, recreational activities, sleep, and more.
Whether the experiences seemed minor or major at the time, your symptoms are interfering with your ability to function in important areas of your life today.
In counselling, I can help you cope more effectively with the consequences of trauma (e.g., spontaneous crying, intense fears, troubling dreams) and lessen your emotional pain. I can help you heal so that you can reduce your symptoms of distress and live your life more easily.
Managing Psychological Disorders
If you have a specific mental health disorder such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, ADHD, etc., you can benefit greatly from the help of a psychologist.
Understanding and accepting a psychological diagnosis can be challenging, particularly if you lack the support of a professional therapist. Your life is likely highly stressful at times, and you may find that everything is a struggle.
Addressing Problem Behaviours
There are several areas in life where psychological help can be beneficial, and learning to change problem behaviours is one of them. Examples of problem behaviours include difficulty managing anger, unhealthy behaviour in relationships, and problems that involve alcohol or drugs.
I can help you to change long-standing and unhealthy behaviours. In a supportive environment, I will help you better manage your unwanted behaviours and understand the root causes of them. I’ll help you develop better coping skills so that you can become more of the person you want to be.
Navigating Major Life Transitions
Major life transitions can have an impact on all aspects of your life including your relationships, career course, and more. Sometimes going through the changes that come with a major life change such as having a baby, following your spouse to a new city, or losing your mobility due to arthritis, are too difficult to navigate alone.
I will help you explore what it is that is causing you to feel stressed or out of sorts. We’ll discuss what you can change, what you will choose to accept, and what you will need to grieve.
I will offer you support while you resolve challenging or troubling situations. Our counselling sessions will allow you to tap into hidden resources you possess as you work through important life changes.
Managing Career Dissatisfaction or Change
Like any major change in life, planning a career move can feel overwhelming, challenge your confidence, and create self-doubt.
Getting help from a psychologist can provide a supportive environment where you can explore your abilities, and ambitions, as well as your concerns and uncertainties.
I’ll help you make good decisions so you can work towards achieving the goals you set for yourself. We will explore new possibilities and determine a plan for moving forward, either on the same career path or doing something different. I will also help you conduct a job search if you want help in this area.
Chances are that you have recognized yourself in one or more of the above areas.
If there is something you would like to work on that is not described above, I may still be able to help. Just let me know what it is, and together, we will develop a plan to assist you.
If you have any questions, or want to book an appointment with me in my office in downtown Calgary, please contact me.