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 private practice and various volunteer positions in and around the Calgary area. I have worked successfully with youth, adults and seniors; individually, in partnerships, and in family systems to identify, 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
Life Transitions and Trans Counselling
Trauma - Emotional, Physical, and Sexual Abuse
Additional areas of interest:
Parenting skills and Family Counselling
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:
Sex Positive Therapy and Counselling
Cognitive Behavioural (CBT)
Dialectic Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
Motivational Interviewing (MI)
Gottman Family Therapy
"What we achieve inwardly
will change outward reality."