All of us have times in our lives when we feel stuck, unable to cope, alone or just in need of support. I believe you are the expert of your own experiences and will work in collaboration with you to achieve a sense of emotional wellness and help you “get your life back”.
Dalgity Counselling & Psychotherapy aspires to help you through life’s challenges, and help you move towards your goals.
Although I work with clients with many different challenges, I specialize in helping clients and their family members with anxiety, health & chronic illness, grief & bereavement, trauma, separation & divorce, and child/youth behavioural needs.
I use an integrative approach which consists mainly of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and other approaches, which fall under the CBT umbrella, such as Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and may add Mindfulness, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Positive Psychology dependent on the client’s individual needs. CBT follows the understanding that our core beliefs fuel our thoughts and feelings and our thoughts and feelings determine how we perceive and behave in our worlds. CBT identifies the specific problems that are causing the excessive anxiety/depressed mood, etc. and then utilizes specific techniques or tools to fix these problems.
CBT focuses on identifying, challenging and changing negative patterns of thinking and behaving. For example, a distorted belief would be, “I know they are going to think I’m boring,” and the consequent behaviour may be to avoid social situations.
Using CBT, clients learn specific skills designed to replace dysfunctional patterns of thinking and behaving with healthy ones. For example, a healthy belief would be, “People usually laugh at my jokes so I must be fun,” and the consequent behaviour would be to engage in social situations. Clients are trained in these skills using a step-by-step approach, advancing only after each step is mastered. Homework is assigned at each session so patients can develop and practice their new skills, and identify any difficulties to be resolved at the following sessions.
Anxiety can prevent you from participating in activities you used to enjoy.
At Dalgity Counselling & Psychotherapy you will be provided a safe, supportive, non-judgmental, confidential environment to learn how to understand your anxiety and the situations and events that trigger it. You will then learn strategies to control and manage your anxiety.
Grief occurs when experiencing a loss or significant change, such as death, separation/divorce, job loss, and empty nest.
Anticipatory grief refers to grief experienced before a death occurs and/or due the many losses associated with chronic or terminal illness. Many changes occur during serious illness which continue to challenge those with illness and their families who experience many losses. The accumulation of these losses, the unknowns and uncertainty and increase fear, and create further stress . Grief may include past, present or future losses, and you may be grieving these losses while caring for your family member’s physical, medical, legal and emotional needs while trying to manage your own world. It is normal to feel confused, frightened, and overwhelmed. You may be experiencing a number of emotions, anger, sadness, confusion, guilt, finding you’re forgetting things, unsure of yourself and your world, self-doubting your thoughts and decisions, this is a natural way our mind’s react to grief.
When families and friends experience the loss of a loved one, it is a unique experience for each individual because of the different relationships with the person who has died. Grief can be complicated by a number of different factors, such as whether the death was expected or unexpected. Many emotional, physical, and spiritual changes may occur after this loss which can make us feel vulnerable and confused. You may be seeking a safe place to help you understand and explore how you are reacting to the death or you may be confused by how angry, scared, worried, hostile, sad, guilty and isolated you feel and how often your emotions change from one to the next.
At Dalgity Counselling & Psychotherapy we will work together in a safe, supportive, compassionate environment to work through your feelings of grief and bereavement in order to help heal your heart, clear your mind and learn to live a new normal. I will focus on supporting you while we explore and gain an understanding of your grief, and it’s affect on your life now, your family, and your relationship with your loved one.
Health and Wellness goals are those that many of us aim to achieve.
Dalgity Counselling & Psychotherapy uses a cognitive behaviour therapy approach, individually and in group format to change your relationship with food, change the role you perceive that food has in your life, and learn healthy life long habits. You can be in control!
Part of the health and wellness program is smoking cessation. I use the same approach and individual or group format with smoking cessation as used in weight loss to help you quit smoking and/or avoid relapse. With all health and wellness treatment it is important to consult with medical professionals due to the medical nature.
Children and teens who experience behaviour difficulties often feel ostracized and misunderstood, which often leads to more undesired behaviours. As parents it can be frustrating and you don’t know what to do. At times the child may be living with a behavioural disorder (ADHD, ODD), or there may be something going on in his or her life that has triggered these behaviours. Behaviour is not willful, it stems from something and serves a function. Twenty years working in education, has provided me with a perspective of what children with behaviour needs experience and need to function in school and outside of school. I will work with you, and your child to help determine that function and provide strategies and plans to modify, reduce or extinguish the behaviour.