© Sandra Miller MSW, RSW  Psychotherapy & Counselling

Services

Counselling and psychotherapy can help you resolve life issues and create strategies and supports for positive change.  Through a therapeutic process that promotes self-awareness, healing, integration and personal growth, clients develop a greater capacity for full and healthy living.

 


Individual counselling & psychotherapy can be helpful if you:

 

  •  are having difficulty coping with stress, pain, illness, addiction and/or trauma
  •  are struggling with difficult feelings such as anxiety, anger, grief, depression or low-self-esteem
  •  require help in resolving a particular life issue, transition or choice
  •  need assistance in creating healthy patterns of coping and relating to others
  •  want support on your path of personal growth

 

Couple counselling is helpful for couples who want to:

 


  •  create healthier patterns of relating
  •  heal from a relationship crisis
  •  develop greater fulfillment in their relationship
  •  have support in making relationship decisions and transitions

Councelling

Counselling involves assisting clients in:

  • problem solving specific life issues
  • developing plans to support desired change, and
  • identifying and accessing resources/supports required for change.

 

My approach to counselling is client-centred and supportive.  Through nonjudgmental listening and reflection, issues will be identified and explored.  Psycho-education, dialogue and inquiry, experiential learning, reframing, goal identification and action planning are some of the possible dynamics in this process.  I encourage and support clients to develop their capacity and mobilize the resources needed to meet their goals.

Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy is a therapeutic process of:

  • self-discovery

 

  • personal growth

 

My approach in psychotherapy is grounded in the Gestalt model.  This focuses on a client’s awareness and experience of self in the “here and now”.  Issues related to past and/or concerns related to the future are addressed as they are experienced by the client in the present.  Mindfulness, cognitive and dialectical behavioural modalities, dream work, and existential, relational, psycho-dynamic and emotional focused approaches are integrated as appropriate in the therapy.  I offer a process for clients to explore, heal, gain new awareness, and create new meaning and fulfillment in their lives.

  • ​integration

 

  • ​healing

 

Dream Work

Dream Work is an invitation to:

  • explore the personal meaning of your dreams
  • develop greater self-awareness and wholeness
  • connect with and integrate the energy of your unconscious self

 


 

 

During a session, a client can focus on his or her dream life in a number of ways: by working on a whole dream, a dream fragment, a dream theme, or a dream series.  Dream work is also a profound tool for accessing dreams that are not recalled in waking life.


Clients emerge from dream work sessions feeling greater self-awareness, connection and an enhanced sense of energy and knowing.

Couples Counselling

Couple counselling is helpful for couples who want to:



  • create healthier patterns of relating,
  • heal from a relationship crisis,
  • develop greater fulfillment in their relationship, and/or
  • have support in making relationship decisions and transitions



When couples first come to see me, one or both partners have a concern about their relationship but have been unable to resolve it on their own.  There may be a specific dynamic in the relationship that is problematic.  Other times, there are events that have occurred that have caused hurt or crisis in the relationship.



In each scenario, I work with the couple to:



  • identify and interrupt negative dynamics in the relationship,
  • develop healthier patterns of communication,
  • listen to and re-discover one another,
  • deepen their understanding of themselves and each other in the relationship, and
  • strengthen the capacity of their relationship so issues can be resolved effectively



My approach is focused on the relationship as my client; hence I am not a mediator between two individuals.  I serve as a facilitator, coach and therapist to the relationship.  I am committed to helping partners develop a respectful, healthy and mature base from which their hurts and problems can then be resolved.

Eye Movement Integration

(EMI)

Emotional Freedom Technique/Energy Psychology

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