I approach both coaching and counselling from a client centered perspective. I am informed in a variety of modalities, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Based Therapy, Occupational Awareness First Responder Trauma, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Solution Focused Therapy and others. Techniques I use include active listening, psycho-educational discussions and training, learning and practicing new coping skills, non-violent communication, identifying and transforming core-beliefs, and goal setting using the client's perspective and needs as the foundation for therapy.
Like you my life is very full, with lots of ups and downs, grief and loss, love and laughter. I've been married, divorced, a single mother, re-married, raised 3 children, one of whom is classified as special needs, although I always just considered each of my children special. Being a working mom, I've struggled with how to balance being an active partner in a loving relationship, with career, parenting, raging menopausal hormones and how to not loose either my sense of humour or myself, while trying to live up to my self imposed standards of perfection. Any of this sound familiar ?