In person in Kitsilano or through video calls
Patricia Friedman Counselling, English/Français
Bilingual counselling in Vancouver, BC
"Experiencing emotions so long feared confers a sense of mastery. Overcoming what has previously been overwhelming, confronting what one has been avoiding, is empowering", Diana Fosha
I will adjust my approach to your unique needs rather than use a set method. My focus is on helping you understand your own emotional process and create deeper connections within yourself and with others.
The main techniques I use are Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) and Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT). My work is experiential and relational (see below); it can be focused on helping you take action.
Experiential means that in session you may have a new and healing emotional experience which will happen within the safety of the therapeutic relationship. When you are able to recognize and experience your emotions, it will be easier to make the right decisions in your life. I use a body-mind approach, which means that I will gently guide you in noticing your body's reaction to what you are feeling. My clients find that it helps gaining insight and feeling more centered and calmer.
Relational means that in session I am authentic and expressive rather than a distant therapist. Through the safety of our relationship, you will be able to address painful issues; you won't be alone anymore with these difficult experiences.
We will work on the underlying cause of your distress as well as address the symptoms.
Probably what is now causing you some pain was a way of getting you through life in the past but is not working anymore. At first it may not feel clear to you why you are overwhelmed or shut down; together we can get to the bottom of what you really need to blossom in your life.
If you work with me, you can expect to be treated with compassion, kindness and respect; in session, I am an active and engaged therapist. I am non judgemental and welcome diversity in my clients such as sexual orientation, gender identity, age, race, religion or culture.
"People are just as wonderful as sunsets if you let them be.
When I look at a sunset, I don't find myself saying, "Soften the orange a bit on the right hand corner.
"I don't try to control a sunset. I watch with awe as it unfolds"