Struggle is a universal human experience, no matter our background or circumstance. We struggle, we fall, we fail. However, we also share an innate drive to grow, persist, connect, create, and belong- adversity notwithstanding.
At Still I Rise Counselling, I provide resilience-based psychotherapy to individuals, couples, and groups on the premise that, when equipped with the right tools, people will rise to meet the challenges they face with clarity and courage!
In these unusual times, with uncertainty playing a bigger part in our everyday experience, we may feel we are in uncharted waters. And the truth is, we ARE! But uncharted waters are also the birthplace of creativity, discovery, and courage- all critical elements of a joyful life! We need them to grow; but we need not navigate them alone.
I take an integrative and person-centered approach to therapy and use a variety of evidence-based techniques to facilitate personal growth and encourage authentic, joyful living. I address each client according to the systems, both internal and external, that comprise the guiding principles of their lives. Core tenets of my approach to psychotherapy include: identifying and aligning with personal core values; exploring the power (for better and worse) of story in our lives; unpacking the language of emotions, as well as their influence in our daily lives; practicing curiosity over criticism, self-compassion over judgment, gratitude over foreboding; how to set boundaries and hold them with integrity and generosity; and how to get back up in the face of heartbreak and failure.
Counselling sessions last for 50 min, and can range from task-oriented, targeted work around specific issues to more informal processing work that happens organically as things come up. I try keep clients grounded in the present and oriented toward solutions, but always leave the door open for stories and narrative beliefs from the past to help us inform what might be keeping you stuck in the moment (rehearsing, overthinking, etc.). I encourage my clients to set the pace and the cadence of our work- because I believe that you hold the wisdom you require for healing and progress- and I want you to feel empowered by and ownership of the process.
the daring way™
ABOUT THE DARING WAY™
The Daring Way™ is a highly experiential methodology based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown. The method was designed for work with individuals, couples, families, work teams, and organizational leaders. It can be facilitated in clinical, educational, and professional settings. During the process we explore topics such as vulnerability, courage, shame, and worthiness. Participants are invited to examine the thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that are holding them back and identify the new choices and practices that will move them toward more authentic and wholehearted living.
The primary focus is on developing shame resilience skills and developing daily practices that transform the way we live, love, parent, and lead. Further information is available at www.thedaringway.com.
ABOUT RISING STRONG™
The physics of vulnerability is simple: If we are brave enough, often enough, we will fall. The Rising Strong process is about what it takes to get back up and how owning our stories of struggle gives us the power to write a daring new ending. Struggle can be our greatest call to courage and the clearest path to a wholehearted life.