Benefits of Registered Clinical Counselling

Professional counselling is effective because it allows you time and space to work through your personal or relational issues in a safe, nonjudgmental fashion.  A clinical counsellor will assist you to think more clearly about decisions or responses to a particular situation or event.  They will help you to understand your own responses, thoughts and feelings.

 

With awareness you can develop tools and skills that can support the process of change.  A Registered Clinical Counsellor can assist you to understand your personal issues and concerns, to promote self-growth, improve inter-personal relationships, and enhance self-awareness.

My Approach

As your therapist I will encourage you to talk about your short and long term goals so that we can assess your progress and an endpoint be established.  I work from a perspective that joins cognitive and somatic techniques utilizing a variety of skills to guide clients on their journey toward health both emotional and physical.

 

This is important in therapy as it can be overwhelming to talk about painful life experiences.  By working from a body based/talk therapy approach, traumatic memories can be transformed into strengths and resources for the individual.  Body centered sensorimotor therapy is gentle and can help relieve the effects of trauma, abuse and emotional pain.  It is a way of becoming more mindful and aware.

 

By being mindful of patterns that keep us stuck and prevent us from living life more fully we can begin to make change.

 

At any time in one’s life, overwhelming events can result in changes to our nervous system that impact how we respond or relate to others.  These events can also affect how we feel and can negatively affect our overall sense of wellbeing.  A mind-body approach focuses on reducing excess activation in the nervous system.

 

This method of work has its basis in neurobiology.  By working with the nervous system to integrate overwhelming events it brings the nervous system into balance.  It is possible for new neural pathways to be developed creating flexibility for managing daily challenges and stressors. When our nervous system is dysregulated, our emotional and behavioural responses can become difficult to manage.

 

My approach to therapy is designed to assist clients in developing resources within themselves, to be able to self-regulate or to move out of the “fight, flight or freeze” response.  By reducing these responses a person can begin to experience a higher degree of functioning where they can think clearly and feel better about self.  Clients can become less reactive and more proactive in their relationships, work and families.

I provide evidence based approaches to address:

Management for Anxiety and Stress

Strategies for Depression

Healing Emotional Traumas

Adjustments to Life Transitions

Chronic Pain Strategies

Menopausal Support

Parent / Teen Challenges

Grief and Loss

Relationship Difficulties

Addictions Counselling

'Joyce's natural compassionate demeanour, holistic approach and her ability to help you move forward is a winning combination.' - Kim G
'“I found my time with Joyce constructive and to the point. I appreciated her ability to cut to the point in a caring but honest way! She was able to help me see my thoughts from a different prospective. I appreciate it that we set to a number of seasons and were able to get to work quickly and constructively!”' - Will S.

Healing Emotional Difficulties

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Do you often feel depressed or stressed? Perhaps you have a sense of isolation. Maybe you feel you can’t handle the simplest daily tasks, or your anxiety stops you doing what you need to do. You may be experiencing symptoms such as PTSD or phobias or physical symptoms such as insomnia, migraines, neck and back pain, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, autoimmune diseases and gastrointestinal difficulties.

 

The root cause may lie in powerful physical or emotional events in your past. These intense events can change how your brain functions and throw your nervous system out of balance. They can make it difficult to be flexible or resilient when you’re faced with everyday challenges. They can affect your muscles, your digestion, your blood pressure and other bodily systems; they can lead to depression, anxiety and stress that get in the way of leading a fulfilling life.

 

In our work together, we develop strategies to bring your nervous system back into balance so that you find a new way of handling situations that used to overwhelm you. We always move at a pace that suits you. Using a combination of therapeutic methods that connect body and mind, you learn to make sense of past experiences so that they no longer determine how you feel about yourself or how you respond today.

 

We’ll work to reduce feelings of being overwhelmed by daily tasks, to decrease your worry and to minimize your anxiety. It’ll become easier to connect with people and reduce your sense of isolation and aloneness. You’ll stop feeling immobilized and develop the ability to accomplish small tasks. At last, day to day events will make sense to you.

 

Since research shows that the relationship between you and your therapist is a critical factor in the positive outcome of therapy, I offer a fifteen-minute, free, in-person meeting to answer any questions you may have and to see if we fit together. It not, that’s OK too. I can refer to other practitioners.

 

If you would like to find out more about how my approach to counselling can help you regain a sense of control and peace in your life, contact me at 250.881.1806, or go here to use the form on the “Contact” page.

 

Or you can go here to read more detailed information on The Therapeutic Process.

Developing Healthy Relationships (click to expand)

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If you are experiencing conflict in a work situation, friendship or intimate relationship what do you do? Do you avoid the conflict? Do you feel scared and fear the worst? Or do you feel anxious and aggressive?

 

The truth is, it’s not possible to move through life without being involved in relationships: with family, friends, spouses, romantic interests, colleagues.
But you’ve probably noticed that each relationship can bring its challenges as well as rewards and it’s not always as smooth and harmonious as you’d like it to be.

 

What happens is that relationships are influenced by our responses to each other. And our responses to each other are often driven by what we learned as children or from other significant relationships, the attachments we formed then and through our life experiences.

 

In counselling, we examine what might have led you to respond in your particular fashion. With a clear picture of the events that caused your behaviour, you can better understand those past difficult or painful experiences and their effect on your present life.

 

\When you understand how those experiences affect your energy flow, you begin to see what’s happening in your everyday relationships. With this awareness, you can begin to make shifts in your thinking and your behaviour that will create more harmony in your daily interactions with other people.

 

I help you develop problem-solving skills that will improve how you view your relationships. You learn tools and a roadmap to approach them differently as well as ways to express yourself so the other person hears you and sees who you are.

 

Since the relationship between you and your therapist is a critical factor in the positive outcome of therapy, I offer a fifteen-minute, free, in-person meeting to answer any questions you may have and to see if we fit together. It not, that’s OK too. I can refer to other practitioners.

 

If you would like to find out more about how my approach to counselling can help you regain a sense of control and peace in your life, contact me at 250.881.1806, or go here to use the form on the “Contact” page.

 

Or you can go here to read more detailed information on The Therapeutic Process.

Coping with Everyday Life Changes and Major Transitions (click to expand)

Chronic pain, illness, grief, caring for others, and even life changes like retirement or menopause can make it difficult to experience a fulfilling life. These kinds of changes can cause you to see yourself in a completely different light, as if you’re a different person or that your life is no longer your own. When things come along that change what is familiar and life seems to take you in a different direction, you have to learn how to adapt to new circumstances.

 

You already have within you the ability to shift into a different state of mind, but you may need help to guide you through uncovering those inner resources. As a counsellor, I help you monitor your automatic thoughts and reactions so that you can create change from the inside.

 

You can examine the new circumstances of your life and begin to accept and integrate them by learning new ways to cope and move through those situations in a peaceful and balanced way.

 

This may mean dropping some things, finding new activities to replace what you can no longer do, finding ways to connect with people rather than being alone. You learn how to create new structures for yourself that give shape to your circumstances.  The new circumstances become a way for you to grow and learn so that your regain a quality of life that satisfies you.

 

Since the relationship between you and your therapist is a critical factor in the positive outcome of therapy, I offer a fifteen-minute, free, in-person meeting to answer any questions you may have and to see if we fit together. It not, that’s OK too. I can refer to other practitioners.

 

If you would like to find out more about how my approach to counselling can help you regain a sense of control and peace in your life, contact me at 250.881.1806, or go here to use the form on the “Contact” page.

 

Or you can go here to read more detailed information on The Therapeutic Process.

Insurance Information & Employee Assistance Programs

As a masters-level therapist in good standing with the B.C. Association of Clinical Counsellors, my services may be eligible for insurance coverage through your extended health benefits.

 

Please check with your insurance provider to see if the services of a Registered Clinical Counsellor are covered in whole or in part by your plan.