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About Focused Solutions Counselling and Coaching

Counselling: I charge $155 an hour for individual adults, children, and teens and $170 an hour for couples and families. At the end of our meeting, I will give you a receipt with my license number on it for reimbursement from your benefit plan. Counselling fees are wholly or partially covered by most health insurance plans.

Couple’s Counselling Retreats: I charge $1650 for the retreat.

Coaching: I charge $155 an hour for individual coaching sessions. Please contact me in regards to group coaching.

Psycho-educational assessments: I charge $1500 for an assessment. Please contact me for details or to request more information.

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Privacy & Confidentiality

Your privacy is of upmost importance to me.The conversations we have are confidential but there are some exceptions where I am legally obligated to share information:

  • If you are imminently planning on killing yourself;
  • If you are planning on hurting someone else;
  • If you are in court proceedings, and the files are subpoenaed.

In all other circumstances, I will only share information with others such as your physician, psychiatrist, or employer after receiving signed written consent from you unless I have reasonable and probable grounds to believe that disclosure is necessary to prevent grave harm to you or someone else’s mental or physical well-being. In such cases, I will only provide information on a need-to-know basis.

If you are receiving services at the request of an employer, a lawyer, or the courts, we will discuss and clarify confidentiality and the limits to confidentiality at the outset and at any time anything changes.

If you and another person or persons are receiving psychological support together (I.e. a couple or a group), we will discuss and come up with an agreement in regards to confidentiality and sharing of information should we meet alone or with individual members of the group.

I do keep notes on our meetings and keep them in a locked filing cabinet. My computer is password, firewall, and virus protected to ensure your privacy is maintained.

If you have any questions or concerns about your privacy, please let me know so that we can find a solution.

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Solution-Focused Therapy

Counselling“The answers you get depend upon the questions you ask.” ~ Thomas Kuhn

Solution-focused therapy does what its name implies—it focuses on solutions rather than problems. Focusing on solutions helps people move on with their lives and feel better versus focusing on identifying dysfunction, deficits, and weaknesses as other kinds of therapy often do. Because of the emphasis on solutions, people often find they have to spend less time in counselling than in more traditional kinds of therapy.Solution-focused therapy helps people figure out what they want to have in their lives instead of the problem, helps people feel hopeful and motivated to continuing making changes, and helps people build on success.It’s much more than just thinking positively. Problems don’t happen 24/7 even when the problem is something very serious. There are times when the problem seems less severe. I help you figure out what’s happening when the problem isn’t around or is less intense and assist you in making more of that happen. I collaborate with you to find other things to do that may be helpful. Because these small successes come from you, it’s easier to implement versus learning a whole new bunch of steps imposed by someone else. That means there’s no one “right way” to move beyond troubles because different solutions work for different people.

Solution-focused therapy is about finding solutions to your troubles that work for you in a meaningful and rich way. It’s about appreciating and building on your competence, and doing some things differently. It’s about creating a vivid picture of what you want in your life, figuring out what you need to do in order to get it, and supporting you in making the changes you want to make. People who have experienced solution-focused therapy often feel more hopeful and motivated to continue building on what works.

“We are continually faced by great opportunities brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems.”

~ Mark Twain

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Professional Background

Current:

  • Working in the helping profession for over 20 years
  • Registered Psychologist

Past:

  • Assistant professor in Child Assessment (ability and achievement tests)
  • Family Counsellor in a Community Mental Health Clinic
  • Master’s of Arts in Counselling Psychology
  • Family School Liaison Worker
  • Child Welfare Worker
  • Family Youth Counsellor in a Group Home
  • Bachelor of Science in Family Studies

Professional highlights:

  • Supervised Master of Psychology Student practicums
  • Supervised Master’s in Psychology students completing ability and achievement assessments (psycho-educational assessments)
  • Supervised and chaired the Bow Valley Prevention and Early Intervention Drug and Alcohol Program
  • Created the Banff Mentoring Program as well as trained mentors and supervised them
  • Chaired the Society Against Family Violence Committee
  • Created and supervised a number of programs including the Banff Elementary School Peer Support Program
  • Facilitated parent, teacher and community workshops regarding topics such as discipline, child abuse, body image, and bullying
  • Facilitated children’s psycho-educational groups regarding social skills, bullying, divorce, and organizational skills
  • Member of the Rural North Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Diversity Committee

Professional Development:

Professional development has always been important to me. Beyond my undergraduate and graduate degrees, I’ve continued my professional journey to continually improve my skills and expand my service offering. Some highlights include:

General:

  • Improving Treatment through Proper Diagnosis
  • Best Practices in Record Keeping and Informed Consent

Couple’s and Family Therapy

  • Gottman Couple’s Therapy Training Levels 1, 2, and 3
  • Mental health interventions with Separated and Divorcing Families

EMDR Training

  • Trained in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing

Critical Incident Stress Management Training:

  • Critical Incident Stress Management Certificate

Gender identity and Sexual Orientation:

  • Working with Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Trans-identified People Training
  • Same Sex Domestic Violence Training

Play Therapy:

  • Foundations of Play Therapy
  • Treatment of Trauma with Children using Play Therapy

Psycho-educational Assessment:

  • Behavioral Assessment Scale for Children-2 training
  • Advanced WISC-IV Interpretation training
  • Wescler Intelligence Scale for Children-IV (WISC-IV) training
  • Best Practices in Assessment Training

Life and Executive Coaching:

  • The Art and Science of Business and Life Coaching Program (accredited program with the International Coaches Federation)

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Professional Memberships

  • Licensed through the College of Alberta Psychologists
  • Member of the Psychological Association of Alberta
  • Member of the Rocky Mountain Brief Therapy Institute
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