John is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors and has a Master's degree in Counselling Psychology from Adler School of Professional Psychology (now Adler University)
John works extensively with adult clients who struggle with, anxiety, depression, PTSD, complex traumatic stress disorder - such as those who, as children, were abused either physically, sexually or emotionally - and with people diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder.
John also works with couples hoping to re-establish a healthy relationship.
He has helped these clients go from being distraught, dissociative and highly suicidal to having the courage to make transformative change happen for themselves. Central to this transformation is in developing a nonjudgmental curiosity about their experience and out of this self-reflection the search for meaning.
New skills and coping strategies are learnt as part of the therapy. The client is in charge of their therapy - going at the client's pace - is crucial to John's approach. When it comes to processing the past abuses, it is not necessary to share all the details of the abuse history or order to find resolution.
Often the past 'hurts' interfere with the present in ways that are not so obvious. In couples therapy, John aims to create a safe, respectful environment so that both partners come to understand each other's experience and underlying expectations for the relationship. With understanding, and a willingness to change by both parties, the couple can recreate hope, commitment and trust in the relationship - a secure attachment that nurtures both.