I believe strongly in continued professional development as part of best practice, and the maintenance of ethical standards. I attend regular supervision with several colleagues. Cases are presented with anonymity to other practitioners, and their opinions incorporated into my treatment approach.
I attend a supervision group once a month as time permits through the Health Initiative for Men (HIM). In addition, i regularly review academic journals, and other sources to stay current on the latest treatments, and approaches.
In 2009, I attended the Evolution of Psychology conference in LA. I was privileged to see lectures by the late James Hillman, Judith Beck, and Depak Chopra. I took away a greater understanding of the human soul, new skills for anger management, and a deeper understanding of emotional process. Â In 2011, I attended the NASAP (Adlerian Association) in Victoria. While there, i learned several skills linking brain function with behaviour responses, the latest on insomnia research, and best techniques for couples communication.
Since 2011, I have been a member of the Jungian Society of Vancouver. I was fortunate to create a poster to commemorate my respect for the late James Hillman. View this poster on my home page. In 2011, I attended a workshop in Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy conducted by Debbie Ellis. This workshop helped to refine my tools in this modality. In late 2012 I attended the Brief Therapy Conference in San Francisco. While in attendance i accumulated new skills of brief techniques for issues related to OCD, conflict in relationships, cultivating mindfulness, and the latest techniques in strength based cognitive behaviour therapy.
In my role as alumni with the Adler School of Professional Psychology (now Adler University) I have the privilege of facilitating workshops on Carl Jung, CBT/REBT/Mindfulness, and James Hillman – Soul work. I have conducted these workshops since 2010.
In late 2017, I attended the Evolution of Psychotherapy conference in Anaheim, California. I gained some supervision from Harriet Lerner, John & Julie Gottman. I attended a number of workshops on subjects like: infidelity, shame, CBT, couples/ family therapy, quantum potentials within the self, and attachment theory etc.
In my practice, i continue to grow, and learn with each new client. I have successfully treated 100’s of client’s and seek out supervision from a network of experienced, learned practitioners. These Dr’s, professors, supervisors, psychologists, and fellow counsellors provide valuable insights which benefit my client’s directly; through providing me new insight, skill which I apply directly to the care / treatment of the patient.
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My Experience & Competence
My professional “therapeutic” oriented experience began in my role as “peer-volunteer” on a part time basis with Qmuninty. There I used basic skills (active listening, empathy, reflection, framing/ reframing) to assist Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual, and Transgendered individuals with their struggles. I did this for several years while attending my studies at Simon Fraser University (2003-2005).
I am a registered clinical counsellor (RCC #3525) who holds a masters of arts (M.A.) in counselling psychology from the Adler University (2010). I practice clinical psychotherapy in the Vancouver Block building located at the corner of Granville & W. Georgia Streets, downtown Vancouver. I believe strongly in holding the highest professional standards. Best practice is providing to the client the benefit of my experience and education in safe, and transparent ways.