You Can See Me Without Seeing Me

COVID-19 is a going concern in the world, and this week in Ontario is a critical phase. Want accurate information? Go here.

It's really important right now to flatten the curve. COVID-19 will be a minor illness for many, but it will make some of us very sick. Those very sick people will need ventilators. COVID-19 is going to travel the globe no matter what we do (it's already in Owen Sound), and the idea is to slow the spread so that hospitals do not become overwhelmed, and resources (i.e. ventilators) are available for the sickest people.

Health Canada has simple recommendations to help slow the spread of COVID-19:

  1. Wash your hands
  2. Cover your cough
  3. Keep your surroundings clean
  4. Practice social distancing

In the interest of social distancing I am not seeing clients face-to-face right now. I continue to see clients by telephone or secure video.

Not sure about video counselling? Take a free test-drive

You can schedule a free 15-minute session online with me. I will send you the link to set up the free, secure, video app and meet you online for a brief chat.

I can even phone you ahead of time if you need help setting up the video equipment.

Call, text, or email me to set up your free video appointment

Come back here for updates. I am monitoring the situation and will revise my policy as needed.

If you have a dry cough, fever, or chest congestion, call your doctor or Ontario Public Health (1-866-797-0000).

You can have your therapy appointment with me online or by telephone. Or you can wait until all this blows over. It will blow over. This too shall pass.

Isn't this fun? Did I mention that I treat anxiety? Need help? Call me.

Keep calm and don't buy too much toilet paper.

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Psychotherapy for Everyday Problems

Me again 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.

Experienced

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...

Hypnotherapy

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.

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