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What is Counselling?

Counselling is a form of talk-therapy typically held in a private setting where the individual meets with a trained professional to discuss issues or problems they are facing in their lives.  


Counselling provides a safe space for clients to share their perspectives and work to develop new perspectives on their situations and experiences. The therapeutic relationship is a key component of the process. This relationship is one that is confidential and non-judgmental, as well as being collaborative, meaning the client and the counsellor work together towards desired outcomes and goals for counselling.  

what to expect in a session

Initial sessions start with an introduction and explaining the confidentiality agreement*. After this, the client is given a brief explanation of the counselling process - that this room and the time in this room belongs to them to discuss whatever they need to and will be met without judgement. The client typically will discuss the reason they are seeking counselling, and the counsellor may ask questions about their history and other important details relating to the client's current situation. First sessions mostly focus on gathering information and allowing the client and the counsellor to form a therapeutic bond. 

WHAT IS Sports focused counselling?

What approaches do I use?

Sports focused counselling centers around psychological issues individuals are struggling with related to their sports. Whether you are a professional or recreational athlete, or even just a beginner, together we can explore issues like overcoming injury and fear, performance anxiety, motivation, goal setting, FOMO, issues related to athletic identity, social media pressure, self-doubt and perfectionism. 

Being an athlete of any capacity brings up several niche issues that are very common but seldom discussed. Particularly in the world of mountain sports, where our lives tend to be engulfed by the culture of our sports, it is important to establish a healthy and sustainable relationship with the activities we love. 

I believe in an integrative and eclectic approach to counselling. There are several benefits to using multiple theoretical approaches. Mainly, working from the perspective that no one theory suits every client and each client requires a unique approach. Integrating several approaches provides the freedom to use a collaboration of interventions and strategies that best suit the client and their needs. 

Some of the core theoretical approaches I use include  Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy as well as integrating concepts and practices from Adlerian Therapy 

*Confidentiality agreement ensues that everything discussed between the client and counsellor is kept confidential unless the counsellor has reason to believe the client may cause harm to themselves or others. Also if records are subpoenaed by the court, confidentiality will have to be broken

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