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Clinical Counselling

What is Clinical Counselling?

Counselling provides a safe and supportive place for people to process their lives. Be it a recent trauma or loss, a time of transition and exploration, or a long-standing problem, a skilled counsellor can make an enormous difference in how a person, family or couple works through these challenges.

Therapists are trained professionals, skilled in communication, who understand how people work through difficult feelings and events. They help facilitate change. In fact, they are experts in the process of change. A relationship with a therapist can become a profound and deeply moving experience, one that makes life better, richer, and more satisfying.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a highly effective therapy approach for clients suffering from anxiety, trauma, depression and other distressing life events. It is a safe, non-invasive form of therapy with fast results. EMDR directly effects the way our brain processes information, which can become disorganized or stuck after experiencing a trauma. Similarly to the processing that occurs in REM sleep, EMDR utilizes eye movement to reprocess traumatic events into less distressing memories.

This powerful short term therapy approach is a very effective treatment for many conditions including: traumatic memories, PTSD, anxiety, depression, grief, chronic pain, panic attacks, guilt, anger, addiction, abuse, phobias, performance anxiety, eating disorders and poor body image, stress reduction and self esteem.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a short term, goal focused therapy that targets thoughts and behaviours in order to make changes in your current well being. This technique transforms maladaptive thought patterns that negatively impact behaviour. By identifying distorted thinking, providing alternative ways to perceive the world and better coping strategies around emotion regulation, you are able to choose more productive behaviours that match with the life you want to be living. CBT is particularly beneficial for anxiety, depression and loss of purpose in life.

Body-Centered (Somatic) Counselling

Somatic Counselling offers two important elements to help you heal. There are the elements of traditional talk therapy that help you to understand what has happened and where to go from there. In addition, by maintaining a dialogue with you about what is going on in your body we can work with twice the amount of information, and often times the most present issues or feelings.

By learning to be aware of the inner sensations in your body you can begin to re-train your nervous system and therefore become more peaceful and compassionate with yourself.  Working with a counsellor is a positive and safe socially engaged experience. You can heal old relational wounds and practice new relational skills.  Every skill you learn creates a new neural network in your brain. By thinking new thoughts, being open to new possibilities, and linking your awareness from your mind back to your body you are increasing your capacity for change simply by building more neural pathways.

Guided Imagery & Music

Guided Imagery & Music (GIM) is a method of self-exploration and music therapy developed by Dr. Helen Bonny over 40 years ago. Bonny worked with Stanislav Grof, a renowned psychiatrist, researcher, and one of the founders of transpersonal psychology, studying the therapeutic effects of altered states of consciousness. Read more… 

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Our Practitioners

Kristin Bulger

Clinical Counsellor

Kristin's focus is on working with individuals who have experienced trauma, violence or abuse, anxiety, grief and loss, and those who struggle with substance use and/or addiction. Kristin has specialized training in Somatic Experiencing (SE), and will draw from various modalities to best suit each individual's needs.
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Maggie Claydon

Maggie Claydon

Clinical Counsellor

Specializes in counseling for anxiety, depression, self-esteem, trauma/PTSD, relationships (including LGBT) and lifestyle change. Trained in EMDR, cognitive behavioural therapy, solution focused therapy and body centered therapy.
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Tracy Lowe

Tracy Lowe

Clinical Counsellor

Tracy Lowe, MA Counselling Psychology, CCC, FAMI Practices Guided Imagery & Music (GIM), the only counsellor in Victoria accredited in...
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