ATTENTION: Rewrite Wellness has moved exclusively to a teletherapy model of service delivery (i.e., videoconference and/or telephone sessions).
Simply put, every client comes to me with a story; some are beautiful, some are tragic, and some are both. As a teacher and a therapist, I love hearing the stories of my students and clients. While the details of each person's narrative differ, one thing that they all have in common is that individuals who come to therapy are seeking change. While we cannot revise the past, we can rewrite our future.
Maybe you have no idea where to begin, or perhaps you feel as if you have "already tried everything" and nothing has worked. Whichever the case may be, together, throughout the therapeutic counselling process we will work to rewrite the next chapters of your life and guide you closer toward happiness, fulfillment, health, or whatever it is that you are searching for as your personal definition of mental health or "wellness".
I promise to offer a warm, caring, and judgment-free therapy space where you can feel wholly accepted. Rewrite Wellness is a place where you can share your story in all of its heartbreaking, ugly, tragic, or beautiful detail, without fear of criticism. Your openness in counselling is foundational to the change process.
Let's work together to turn the page, and rewrite the next chapters of your story with a sense of hope and purpose.
I look forward to watching your rewritten story unfold.
Life is like a book. Some chapters are sad, some are happy, and some are exciting, but if you don't turn the page you will never know what the next chapter has in store for you.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences.
EMDR therapy shows that the mind can, in fact, heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma. When you cut your hand, your body works to close the wound. If a foreign object or repeated injury irritates the wound, it festers and causes pain. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. EMDR therapy demonstrates that a similar sequence of events occurs with mental processes.
The brain’s information processing system naturally moves toward mental health. If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound can cause intense suffering. Once the block is removed, healing can resume.
Using the detailed protocols and procedures learned in EMDR therapy training sessions, clinicians help clients to activate their brain's natural healing processes.
"Open your eyes; look within. Are you satisfied with the life you are living?" ~ Bob Marley
Cognitive behavioral therapy (commonly referred to as CBT) is a short-term, goal-oriented therapy treatment that takes a hands-on, practical approach to problem-solving. CBT focuses on the thoughts, images, beliefs and attitudes that a person holds (i.e. their "cognitive processes") and how these processes affect their emotions and behaviour.
CBT is very widely researched and has been proven effective in treating a wide range of issues such as: anxiety, depression, anger management, sleeping difficulties, relationship struggles, and substance abuse.
Through CBT, the therapist and client work together to identify and change unhelpful patterns of thinking and/or behaving that underlie his/her difficulties, ultimately changing the way that he or she feels.
"Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you'll start having positive results." ~ Willie Nelson
Narrative therapy offers a respectful, non-judgmental, and non-blaming approach to counselling that views people as the experts in their own lives. It is an approach that sees people as separate from their problems, and it assumes that individuals have many skills, competencies, beliefs, values, commitments, and abilities that can assist them in reducing the influence that problems have over their lives.
Practitioners who implement narrative therapy are interested in joining with their clients to explore the stories that they have about their lives and relationships, the effects of their stories, the meaning behind them, and the context that has shaped the writing of these stories.
"It’s never too late to be whoever you want to be. Live a life that you’re proud of, and if you find that you’re not, have the strength to start over again and rewrite your story." ~ Adapted from F. Scott Fitzgerald
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) is a therapy that concentrates on finding practical solutions for current challenges and exploring an individual's hope(s) for the future. "Quicker" resolution of a client's problems is the aim of this type of therapy.
The SFBT method takes the approach that you likely already know (maybe deep down) what you need to do to improve your own life and with the appropriate coaching and questioning you are capable of finding the best solutions for you.
"All you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination." ~ Earl Nightingale
""Tomorrow is the first blank page of a new chapter or book. Write a good one."