It is my pleasure to provide therapy, counselling in the Ottawa region and have for 15 years. In addition to my private practice, I also provide hospital-based mental health care. As a therapist I am current in a number of therapeutic models and I keep up with current best practices in therapy and counselling techniques by regularly attending conferences and workshops. Also, working in a major teaching hospital allows me to learn from a large, multidisciplinary health care team.
I believe that the relationships we are part of throughout our lives are influenced by the early bonds that we experience as children and youth. My goals as a therapist are to help you understand how past attachments and personality traits influence your current relationships and to make your relationships a safe, secure base.
How I work
Clients most frequently come to my practice with symptoms of anxiety or depression, for marital couple therapy, or for family therapy concerning children.
While I use a number of therapeutic models to help clients, including emotion focussed, cognitive behavioral and dialectic behavioral therapy, the process begins with taking a thorough history, after which my client and I agree on goals and get to work. Therapy tends to last between two and 12 months in my practice. I believe in making therapy goal-directed, efficient — and I want the time you spend “surfing the couch” to actually be enjoyable.
Who I am
I grew up in a small central Ontario community and came to Ottawa for graduate work. Becoming a father to my daughters Hope and Melody with my spouse Bonnie has changed my life in many ways, including giving me a much deeper sense of empathy with my clients and their families.
My off hours see me spending time with my girls, skiing in the winter, biking in the summer, fishing (and occasionally catching) with my buddies, playing with my snowblower and lawn tractor, or attempting to be a handy, techie guy/nerd.
My Credentials, are an Honours Degree in Criminology, Honours Degree in Social Work and Masters Degree in Social Work. This is followed by many updated continuing eduation programs, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, Attachment Therapy and Dialectic Behavioral Therapy.
Take A Look Around, Feel free to send a question
Even if not booking an appointment please take a look around the site to explore useful links, recommended readings, my favorite movies. It would be my pleasure to provide you with counsel, but if not, I hope you find the site helpful. If you are in crisis in Ottawa, please call the Distress Centre, 613 722 6914. If you would like an appointment, please go to the contact link and send me a message. I will reply, promptly.