- Relationship Counselling
- Individual Counselling
- Traumatic Stress
Couples counselling can help you to discover new ways of being in relationships that are more loving and satisfying.
Relationship counselling can help you:
- remember who you are!
- resolve conflict and increase harmony
- develop open, honest, respectful communication
- accept each other
- increase trust
- create deeper intimacy
- encourage loving expression
- create shared meaning and purpose
- develop greater emotional closeness and invigorate your sex life
- become best friends and lovers again
If you are serious about improving your relationship, then now is the time to get the support that a professional can provide. Invest in yourself and your relationship, you'll be glad you did!
Trying to figure out how to make the change we want to happen on our own often leads to frustration, disappointment, and settling for less than a fully satisfying life.
We may feel conflicted within ourselves, in our relationships, unsatisfied, empty at times, or anxious about situations. We may also be experiencing more severe symptoms related to traumatic stress from past abuse or traumas including auto crashes, surgeries, falls, or injuries.
Trying harder to change based on what we know and how we perceive our self in relation to what troubles us can be circular and unproductive. Through my practice of counselling and teaching I will provide a clear, objective and well-informed perspective on whatever it is that you would like to be different. As a counsellor I specialize in helping you to function better physically, emotionally and cognitively.
Each person is unique and each person I work with receives my very thoughtful and specific attention. My intention is to be attuned to your unique experience of life and work with your strengths at a pace that matches your capacity to process and integrate new experience and learning.
As we work together to dissolve your specific symptoms of stress, distress and traumatic stress you will begin to feel more energized and clearer about who you are and what is important for you in this life. As your symptoms dissolve you will begin to connect with your true nature. What you will discover is that the love and peace you desire is already within you.
"When the nervous system is overwhelmed, a dysfunctional neurological pattern is set in motion. And that pattern tends to recreate itself and persist, even when it has out lived its usefulness. When we are in a state of traumatic activation, we lose our ability to respond freely and flexibly in present time; instead, we react." Dr. Peter Levine
Sometimes, despite our best intentions, when we haven't healed our own trauma we act in ways that overwhelm and cause trauma reactions in others.
Dr. Peter Levine has catalyzed a whole new approach to releasing trauma. Rather than crude catharsis, he has revealed and refined, organic ways to support the body and nervous system to naturally release trauma with Somatic Experiencing, an innovative psychotherapeutic school that has trained thousands of therapists during the last twenty years.
Richard utilizes the protocols of Somatic Experiencing as an effective and gentle approach for working with traumatic stress, deconstructing and reintegrating both the psychological and physiological conditioning that limits our innate capacity to fully inhabit our body and live vibrant lives.
Sources of Traumatic Stress
Pre and Perinatal Distress, Surgery, Illness, Burns, Suffocation, Choking, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Falls, Chronic Stress, Physical, Emotional or Sexual Abuse, Loss, Major Life Transitions, Confusing Spiritual Experiences, Natural Disasters, War
Symptoms of Traumatic Stress or PTSD
In trauma we tend to either be overwhelmed by intense bodily sensations or shut down against them. The degree to which we cannot deeply feel our body’s interior is the degree to which we crave excessive external stimulation. Or conversely, if we are overwhelmed by internal bodily sensations we drastically limit our exposure to external stimulation.
The following are some common symptoms of traumatic stress:
Hyperarousal & ConstrictionIncreased Heart Rate, Restricted Breathing, Cold Sweats, Muscular Tension, Chronic Pain, Inability to Sleep or Relax, Anxiety or Panic Attacks, Hyperactivity, Angry Outbursts, Hypervigilance, Racing Thoughts, Worry, Flashbacks
Disconnection & DissociationLow Energy, Exhaustion, Numbness, Weakness, Poor Digestion, Poor Immune System Function, Depression, Inability to Focus, Apathy, Disconnection in Relationship, Addictions
Syndromes (Syndromes occur over time as the symptoms above affect healthy function of body systems.)Migraines, Fibromyalgia, Autoimmune Disorders, Hypertension, Pain Syndromes, Irritable Bowel, Spastic Colon, Sympathetically Mediated Pain Syndrome
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Evolution to fullness, clarity, and love is our life’s purpose.