Addiction therapy found me. I never looked for it. I came to this profession through a long route -- Native art. This passion led me to the study of art and work with North American Native people. Here, I witnessed first hand, how drugs and alcohol destroyed individuals, families and communities and I was compelled to do more.
With the support of a loving husband and family I went back to school, earning an undergraduate degree in Psychology and graduate degree in Counseling Psychology. I completed a Post Graduate Practicum in Addiction Counseling under the personal direction of Dr. Alfred Ellis at the Albert Ellis Institute in New York City. Gambling specialization was earned at the University of Windsor, Ontario and additional post-graduate training includes: psychodrama, art therapy, hypnotherapy, anger/stress management, relationship counseling and sex therapy.
Flash forward to today ~
I am a cognitive behavioral therapist (CBT) with over 20+ years experience. This means that when you’re working with me, we don’t only ‘talk’, or work with ‘deep dark issues of the past’. The past is important, but the goal is to learn to work through the past, and move forward to create a better future ~ to be the person you want to be.
I am committed to the success of my clients and I know that no matter how difficult life seems at the moment, change is possible and that no problem is insurmountable.
I feel privileged that with addiction therapy and life-coaching, I am able to help others overcome all addictive behaviors and relationship issues.
Canadian Counseling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)
North American Society of Adlerian Psychology
Canadian Addiction Counselors Certification Board
Certified Gambling Counselor
Certified Canadian Counselor (CCC)
Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ICADC)
Internationally Certified Clinical Addiction Counselor (ICCAC)
The Association of Addiction Professionals (NAADAC)
So what happens when you work with me?
When you work with me, we talk, but unlike Psychoanalysis, which can take years of talk to see results, my primary technique is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). This method gets you to see improvement, even on the first session.
According to the Cognitive Therapy model, which was pioneered by Dr. Aaron Beck, the client learns to identify their negativity and destructive thoughts. These thoughts, attitudes and beliefs are about yourself, your relationships, other people (living or dead), as well as your environment.
You learn how to confront the same issues, but in a new empowering way.
According to the Cognitive Behavioral Model, all of us have established our thinking early in childhood. However, the focus of CBT is to deal more with the present than with the past. We deal with the past, but moving you forward to realize your goals is what it's all about.
We don't only talk, but I give you new tools and thinking strategies. You learn to modify your thoughts, and by doing so, you change your behavior.
You learn to combat your negative thinking and develop a powerful constructive attitude ~ not only about the original problem that you wanted to deal with, but you change your attitude, way of thinking and dealing with all aspects of your life.
Clinical studies have shown that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is the most effective counseling system for addiction therapy and for all addictive behaviors (not only substances, but gambling, sex, food shoplifting, codependency) It is effective for depression, and relationships as well.~ The way you think determines how you feel, which determines your reactions and your actions. With this type of treatment, you not only become empowered, but these techniques last generalize to all aspects of your life.
This is NOT 'positive thinking'.
This is 'Powerful Thinking'.
Coaching is somewhat different. When
you have a particular problem or want to achieve massive results, I help
you break down your goals into simple action steps to get you on track
to achieve them. We uncover hidden problems that may be sabotaging you
and work together to address challenges along the way in a minimum
amount of time.
This is particularly helpful for issues such as:
When you work with me, you don’t merely become ‘positive’, you become ‘POWERFUL’.
It will be a life changer!
So how do you start??
Ask yourself what challenges you’re facing right now ~
A family issue, a personal issue…. What’s going on in your life that you ‘wish’ to change? Then contact me!
Let's ignite your inner spark so you won’t keep sabotaging your success.
Let's create your unique action plan
Develop simple steps to achieve quick results
Use easy tips and tricks for problem times
Address all the challenges that confront you
LET'S WORK TOGETHER ~ It will be awesome!!
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