I specialize in helping those suffering from social anxiety, trauma, guilt, and self-confidence, with a special interest in working with adolescents and young adults. I have extensive experience working with First Nation and other cultural groups.
My role as a certified professional counsellor is to treat individuals who suffered trauma, whether physical or emotional trauma. My goal is to help identify the cause of their anxiety and channel those emotions so that positive results are achieved. The client will be guided towards discovering why you may be experiencing these negative thoughts and emotions. Once identified, together we will then channel those negative emotions into more positive emotions, so that the newly found positive energy is used in a healthy way.
My approach is different for each individual and treatment is unique, however, turning negative energy into positive energy to result in a more productive and happy lifestyle is synonymous with any pathology I treat. This counselling philosophy is also followed when working with an individual with a speech disorder, such as stuttering, mumbling, or simply difficulty with public speaking.
There is most often a psychological component as to why one experiences difficulty speaking. We work together to discover the cause and explore what strategy works best to achieve fluency and confidence. In counselling adults with communication disorders, I most often apply aspects of cognitive behavior therapy.
My knowledge of communication disorders has given me greater insight to social phobias, employee/employer relationships, and social skills in general. I have worked in various settings, including schools, hospitals, and non-profit agencies, but have been in private practice for the majority of my career. Furthermore, having provided services to nearly 15 First Nation Communities allowed me to gain valuable insight into First Nation culture. These experiences enveloped my sensitivity to First Nations Peoples issues.
My approach to counselling is often solution focused. I feel great satisfaction in providing short-term goals, which thereby transfer to successful outcomes that are quickly attainable.
Currently I have two office locations. The downtown location is in the United Way Innovation Centre at 580 Main Street, while the second location is in Old St. Vital.
The Counselling Act and how it Relates to our Profession
The college of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Manitoba (CASLPM) is the regulator for the profession. Speech Language Pathologists must abide by reserved acts set out in the Regulated Health Professions Act.
CASLPM's position statement for SLPs working with individuals who sustained cognitive impairment is such:
Speech-Language Pathologists are educated and trained to identify, assess, treat and counsel persons with cognitive- communicative impairment and their caregivers, as well as educate clients, families, staff and the public-at-large about the relationship between cognition and communication.
Furthermore, the American Speech – Hearing Association states:
Speech-Language Pathologists are knowledgeable about normal and abnormal development, brain-behavior relationships, pathophysiology, and neuropsychological processes related to the cognitive aspects of communication. Their educational and clinical background prepares Speech-Language Pathologists to assume a variety of roles related to the habilitation and rehabilitation of individuals with cognitive communicative disorders. (ASHA, 2005)