Here to help with life's challenges
I work with people who are facing difficult challenges. They feel stuck. They want to change the way they feel but don’t know how. No matter the nature of these problems, they prevent these people from living the life they want to live. You might be feeling down or depressed, anxious or fearful, lost or overwhelmed. Perhaps your problems seem too complicated to solve, and you are losing hope for a brighter future. Maybe you have difficulty with empathy and kindness towards yourself or to those you care about, and this is a roadblock to your own happiness.
Whatever the causes, no matter how complex the problems are, I provide help with the difficult emotions and the patterns that cause you to suffer. Life doesn’t have to be so hard anymore.
I believe that when we understand the underlying nature of the problems we face, the path back to a happier existence becomes more clear. I will help you build self-awareness and understanding of those problems and will help you come to a place of greater empathy and kindness towards yourself and others. My role is to help you use your own unique strengths to get back on the path to happiness and fulfillment.
More about Graham’s practice
Areas of focus
In Greater Depth
A Short Q & A with Graham
What brought you to the field?
Working as a yoga therapist and seeing clients with various physical and mental health challenges, I started to feel that I could be helping them even more, but I was missing the essential knowledge and experience to do so. Our mind and body are connected, it is hard to argue with that. In addition to an extensive knowledge of human anatomy and physiology, I became passionate about mental health and acquiring new skills to support my clients. A few years ago, being encouraged and inspired by a few friends and clients of mine who work in the mental health field, I applied for my Masters program.
What is your approach like?
I have been drawn to the work of Carl Rogers and his Person-Centred approach to therapy. With every client, I can’t help but feel amazed at how strong the healing power of the therapeutic relationship, empathy, unconditional positive regard, and therapist’s congruence really is. In other words, it is about being there for my client, fully present and compassionate. I sincerely believe that my clients always know better, and that I am there in a privileged position of an ally who walks alongside them on their journey and supports them in figuring things out.
What can someone expect during a session with you?
During counselling sessions, I am committed to supporting my clients in exploring what is troubling them and what could be done to get a sense of relief and develop hope for positive changes. My approach is strength-based and solution-focused. Realizing the uniqueness of every client and every challenge brought to the therapy room, I don’t have agenda for the sessions. I always take it from here and now – how can I be of service to my client today?
What do you bring to your work that is unexpected or unique?
I believe that the most unique thing that I am bringing to my work is myself, a therapist as a tool. I am just a human being, and like most of my clients, I can struggle with relationships, self-care, and stress. As a woman, a daughter, a partner, and an immigrant I can relate to the challenges of taking the first step of acknowledging the need for support and actually reaching out. From the very first session I am committed to being myself, a real and authentic self, and bringing some humour into the sessions.
What is one piece of wisdom that has shaped your life?
Our energy and time are our most valuable assets. It makes sense to spend them on something that matters to us, something that brings us joy, happiness, and a sense of fulfilment.