Counselling Approach

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At the very core of our work are four basic elements: authenticity, safety, respect, and hope.  We strictly adhere to the ethical standards of our profession and are committed to a ‘do-no-harm’ philosophy.

Our theoretical approach is influenced by the solution-focused approach.  The philosophical underpinnings of this approach are based on a strong belief that the clients know what they want from the counselling process and once they identify those goals tools are offered with which to work towards achieving them.  Rather than trying to change others, the client/s are encouraged and supported in changing his/her self in relation to interaction with others.  Our clients are provided with opportunities to re-envision their situation with hope and possibility.  This is achieved through a step-by-step exploration of what has to happen for the problem to no longer have the power it once had.

Dianne is also influenced and guided by the principles of John Gottman’s work and has completed Level II training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy.  It is a structured therapeutic approach, one that combines tools and interventions with exercises that clients are encouraged to practice and integrate into their everyday lives.

While these therapeutic models guide our work, we are aware that alternative approaches may be more appropriate or effective.  Counselling is not a science, it often requires that ‘go with the gut’ approach.  This is always done with authenticity, full disclosure and a sprinkle of humor.

“We always felt like Dianne really respected our feelings during our sessions.  She wasn’t afraid to call us on some of our unhealthy communication patterns, but she did it with respect and humor, always providing us with more helpful strategies and tools to go home with and apply in our daily lives”.