Psychotherapy for Everyday Problems
Hi, my name is Carl. I am a psychotherapist, marriage and family therapist, and hypnotherapist. I work with individuals, couples and families with “everyday problems”: addiction, ADHD, adolescent problems, affairs, alcohol, ambivalence, anger, anxiety, autism, bereavement, bipolar disorder, blended families, borderline personality disorder, child reaction to parent separation, communication, connection, couple issues, depression, domestic violence, family conflict, marital conflict, mental illness, parenting, personality disorders, relationship conflict, separation, stress, substance abuse, suicide, trauma, and work conflict.
I have been around awhile. I've studied life at the biochemical, psychological, social, and metaphysical level. I'm all about learning, helping, and having fun. I have been helping people in my career for over 30 years.
I am a Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. I belong to the Canadian Association too. Through my work with them I bring expertise in healing relationships. I also teach marriage and family therapy, and supervise the practices of other relationship-oriented therapists.
I am a regulated healthcare professional, member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.
Doing What Works
People are courageous and strong, and usually already have the resources that they need to solve their difficulties. My job is to help you find what you already have. I do that by listening to you. And I will share with you things that may help.
If you haven't had psychotherapy before, you may be surprised by how much just being listened to can help. And I hope that you will also be surprised by how much you are doing right, and how much you already know.
Did you know that most psychotherapy is brief? Average length of stay, over all forms of therapy, is about 8 sessions. Many people come for one session, or a few, and find sufficient help.
I've mentioned that I'm all about learning, helping, and having fun. I try to keep my counselling room a safe place for learning. You can practice things with me before you try them out at home. Fun may seem like a strange adjective for psychotherapy. However Edward De Bono once said that humour is the emotion that you feel when you discover something new. And I'm all about having you discover something new about yourself. It might be fun.
Change is Constant
The world is constantly changing, and it’s not fun. Necessary perhaps, but all change is hard. As your world changes so must you - if you are to continue to thrive – yes, thrive – and enjoy life. I can help with that.
Individuals, Couples, Families...
As a family psychotherapist I actually see a lot of individuals. Many come to see me for "individual" problems: anxiety, depression, anger, etc. Many come to see me for family or couple problems: they come alone because they can't get or don't want the other parties to attend with them. That's fine. Come alone, if you like. We can put our heads together and see what we can do.
You can also bring a friend. Bring your partner. Bring your family. I'll warn you, it's a cozy room but if you give me advance notice I may be able to find a bigger room...
I also offer hypnotherapy, where appropriate. Hypnosis is similar to mindfulness or focused relaxation. If you've seen a stage show, you'll be disappointed. What I do is pretty bland and boring by comparison. You won't lose control. You won't do anything you don't want to do. You'll probably remember everything that happens.
But it's helpful. It can help you relax and become less anxious. It can help you access internal resources for dealing with your problems.
All hypnosis is self-hypnosis. I will teach you how to do it on yourself. You can record the session, and use the recording at home, to practice.