How I work

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I welcome individuals from all walks of life, gender, age (11 years and up), socioeconomic situations, cultural backgrounds, and sexual orientations.        

I meet clients at my office for individual, couple, teen, and family counselling. In the first session I conduct intake, assessment, goal setting and send you home with relief and tools. Clients find that my genuineness and presence help them feel at ease. I blend active listening with the learning and practicing of stress management skills, which may be body-oriented, and with teaching of psychological brain theory and research.

Do you do Skype, phone or in-home sessions?

Yes, I do Skype and phone sessions for both couples and individuals. I understand that life can be busy so I am open to finding creative ways for you to access my services. For brand new parents I am pleased to be able to offer services in your home to help you through the transition to parenthood. Please discuss this with me over the phone so we can assess if this is appropriate for you.

How many sessions will I need?

There is no minumum or maximum number of sessions required. I can give you an estimate of how many sessions might be helpful after an initial phone call.

What is the theory behind your work?

The theoretical orientation that I work from is developmental, attachment and systemic.

I believe that people are doing the best they can and want to do better but may need some support in doing so.

I believe our early attachments to our caregivers influence who we choose for our romantic partners and how we parent our children.

I am a strong advocate of the couple and family and provide effective tools for keeping couples together when they want to.

At the same time I see the world in systems, and understand that we are deeply impacted by them.

I teach that our troublesome behaviours may actually be coping responses to a traumatic event that helped us then but that are now in the way.

I have personally used and taught body-oriented and mindfulness skills to cope with stress.

I am a fan of effective, immediate results. I will assess your problems and help you see a path for a solution, if not learn tools that are the solution, right from the first session.

“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.” – Carl Rogers

To learn more please call (604) 816-6532 or email info@NatalieHansenCounselling.com