My Approach to Therapy

Hi and welcome!

I'm Al, and I am a Psychotherapist and Clinical Counsellor practising in Calgary, Alberta.  

I share my time between my family, my ppractice and various volunteer positions in and around the Calgary area. I have worked successfully with youth, adults and seniors; individually, in partnerships, and as family units to address and resolve a wide variety of issues.

 

I have provided presentations and workshops on alcohol, drug and process addictions, stress and anxiety management, meaningful communication, successful living, and moving on from broken relationships.

Specialised Focus in Counselling:

Sex and Sexuality, Gender Identity and Expression

Alcohol, Drug, and Process Addictions, and Concurrent Disorders 

LGBTQ2S+ Positive Counselling for individuals, couples and alternative partnerships

BDSM/Kink & Poly/Swing Relationships

Relationship Counselling

Life Transitions and Trans Counselling

Trauma - Emotional, Physical, and Sexual Abuse

Additional areas of interest:

Parenting skills and Family Counselling

Counselling approach:

I work from a collaborative, client-centred approach which guides, directs, and challenges you in a gentle and compassionate manner toward the core of your issues. I am grounded in a firm belief that you are the expert in your own life. My aim is to help you connect with your own intuition and highest wisdom in order to bring about healing and empowerment. I believe that counselling can help you:

  • develop healthier relationships with yourself, your partners and others

  • identify and change self-sabotaging patterns in your life

  • overcome addiction and maintain long term abstinence

  • learn healthier ways of coping with and managing uncomfortable feelings

  • better identify your needs, feelings, and thoughts, and assertively express them to your partner and others

  • develop clarity in your ideal life path

  • become calmer, happier, more peaceful, and more accepting of yourself and others

I use a variety of effective, evidence-based therapies and techniques including:

  • Narrative Therapy

  • Sex Therapy and Counselling

  • Cognitive Behavioural (CBT)

  • Dialectic Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

  • Positive Psychology

  • Motivational Interviewing (MI)

  • Gottman Family Therapy

"What we achieve inwardly

will change outward reality."


Plutarch

 
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