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Supports & Services

Sessions are offered virtually through a secure, video counselling platform (OWL).
I provide individual, couples, family and group counselling.

I draw from a variety of methods in my style and approach to treatment including; narrative therapy, brief solution-focused therapy, cognitive-behavioural(CBT & DBT), compassion-focused therapy (CFT), and emotion focused therapy (EFT), utilizing such tools as:  mindfulness, guided imagery, hypnosis, eye movement desensitization & reprocessing (EMDR), & neurolinguistic programming (NLP).

I provide grief counselling for youth and adults who have lost a loved one - "we come to understand that the cost of our love, is the pain of loss".


I provide clinical supervision and consultation for private therapists practicing psychotherapy.


 I am a Certified First Responder Counsellor (CFRC) providing a broad range of therapeutic strategies for becoming more balanced and grounded.

"I can help you to develop a more positive 'mindset', so that you will feel more self-confident, more motivated and more hopeful."

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Individual Counselling

Available for youth (ages 10 - 18), and adults who are experiencing emotional and psychological difficulties that are interfering with their day-to-day functioning.

Couple & Family Counselling

Counselling for couples and families to improve communication, identify patterns of relating that lead to problems and consider ways to change those patterns.

Guided Meditations

These recordings can be very helpful in relaxing the body and calming the mind. There are general recordings on this site to help with relaxation, improving the quality of sleep and creating a "safe space".

Clinical Supervision

I have been engaged in providing clinical supervision and training for frontline colleagues since 1985, including child and youth counsellors, nurses, social workers and psychiatric residents. I have experience with individual and group supervision in hospital and clinic settings. Presently, I offer individual and dyadic supervision for therapists in private practice, using a collaborative/consultation model. The foundation of effective clinical supervision and consultation is compassionate collaboration. With a wealth of knowledge and clinical experience to draw from, I have much to offer new and experienced therapists. Please feel free to connect with me for a free 30 minute consultation.

About Clinical Hypnotherapy

 

Clinical hypnotherapy involves the utilization of trance states in psychotherapy. Unlike the utilization of trance states in stage entertainment (stage hypnosis), clinical hypnosis is an evidence-based complimentary tool, which can be used in conjunction with other counselling approaches including narrative therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, solution-focused therapy, emotion focused therapy and mindfulness-based psychotherapy.

There is much research behind clinical hypnotherapy as an effective psychotherapy intervention, and it has been used to successfully treat:

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • PTSD

  • Fears & Phobias

  • Obsessive behavioral issues – negative habits, compulsions, etc.

  • Addictions

  • Anger problems

  • Chronic pain & Migraines

  • Sleep Problems

  • Eating Disorders

 

(The above is only a partial list taken from both the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis and highlights from a literature search referenced by the Canadian Federation of Clinical Hypnosis.)

 

Using hypnosis to treat a variety of struggles in adults, children and adolescents can lead to a significant shift in the therapeutic process, from serious to playful, enjoyable and effective. Hypnosis is experiential, occurring during each session, and between sessions (as the subconscious continues its work, often with the help of specific guided self-hypnosis recordings), which promote a powerful sense of mastery and control.

 

Within a short period of time, clients notice a significant shift in their mindset – they begin to realize that they can develop more control over troublesome thoughts and emotions, that can become overwhelming.

 

Children and adolescents are very familiar with using imagination and trance in their daily lives (most adults as well), which makes learning and using ‘self-hypnosis’ to resolve problems, a reasonable and powerful technique that will serve them well as they shift into adulthood.

 

In a recent issue of the International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (Vol.71, #3. 2023) there are studies that clearly demonstrate the value of using hypnosis in the treatment of sleep difficulties, a variety of pain conditions (including chronic pain), as well as for weight loss. Although hypnosis is often used in combination with other strategies, there is evidence that clients can find it enormously helpful as a stand-alone treatment.

 

*If you wish to discuss the use of hypnosis in your treatment, feel free to arrange a free 30 minute consultation by emailing me at: donshunter@mac.com.

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