My credentials include a MASTER'S DEGREE (EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY), and I’m a professional member in the CANADIAN HYPNOTHERAPY ASSOCIATION and the CANADIAN COUNSELING and PSYCHOTHERAPY ASSOCIATION. I have been teaching at the University of Regina for several years in the following areas: Educational Psychology 821 (a graduate class in IQ testing), Educational Psychology 329 (theories of counseling for special education and classroom management), Educational Psychology 350 (adolescent psychology from an educational perspective), Psychology 102 (introductory psychology), Psychology 204 (research methods in psychology), Psychology 311 (adolescent psychology from a cultural perspective), Psychology 310 (child psychology).
I’ll give the skinny on the particular client-centered therapies for which I’m empirically proficient. When I say proficient, I’m expressing that I’ve delivered each of these therapies in both academic and professional practice. Here is a dance-card (pun intended) description for each:
- Reality Therapy (RT) was my first academic study and it served me well. RT got me into guidance, got me into private practice, got me my Master’s degree in Educational Psychology. During my past and present years as a professional high school guidance counsellor with Regina Public Schools, RT has always been my go-to model. (Reality Therapy and Choice Theory are from the same hand-books written by William Glasser.)
- Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) was my first pragmatic system when I did contract work. One agency for which I did contract work, Catholic Family Services, insisted that I follow this model.
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is another model employed at another counseling agency, Ehrlo Counselling Services, for which I did contract work.
All of the aforementioned therapies are considered behavioral therapies, action-oriented and monitored by the therapist/counselor so to speak. Hypnotherapy, too, is action-oriented, but entirely client driven, and not necessarily monitored by the therapist. Therapist monitoring is always dependent on following sessions. Hypnotherapy, typically, takes fewer sessions than other therapies.
Hypnotherapy is now my favorite. Hypnotherapy is a trance-like therapy of suggested imagery, that creates surreal and positive experiences to be later re-enacted by the client.
My professional counseling practice is based on respect, compassion, and collaboration, with an expertise in psychotherapies that include Hypnotherapy, Reality/Choice Therapy, Solution--Focused Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
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