BACKGROUND

I’m a father, husband, son, step-son, brother, half-brother, and step-brother. I’m a registered clinical counsellor working with individuals, couples, and families. I work with people seeking to find a more meaningful path, to enhance communication with people in their life, and to develop better ways of coping with life’s stressors.

In pursuit of my education I gained international experience; moving frequently and getting accustomed to life in Montreal, New York, Toronto, and Jerusalem. I earned my PhD from McGill University in 2005 and additional degrees from Columbia University (MA), and the University of Toronto (BA). I have undergone specialized training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Attachment Theory, Bowenian Family Systems Theory, Narrative Psychology, Existential Analysis, and Adlerian Individual Psychology.

I am a regular speaker and lecturer on themes of intergenerational family dynamics, parenting, creativity, and mindfulness. I have led several groups focusing on depression/low-mood, anxiety, complex pain, communications, and a variety of men's issues. I have served as adjunct professor of communications and counselling psychology at the undergraduate and graduate levels and participated in an advisory role to UNESCO. As an educator, practicum supervisor, and thesis advisor I feel fortunate to mentor a new generation of counselling students through their learning process.

In my time away from doing therapy I contribute to community initiatives such as the Columbia University Vancouver Alumni Association, the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, and the Documentary Organization of Canada. Through my love for human stories I make feature-length documentary films that are best described as intimate portraits of people using creativity for personal healing. These films have played nationally on CBC television and won awards at major international film festivals. One of my greatest joys is spending time with my wife and children.

I'm a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with a full-time practice in my Vancouver and Richmond offices.


CLINICAL WORK

I gained my early clinical experience at the Vancouver General Hospital Outpatient Psychiatry Program and the Adler Centre of British Columbia. I have expertise in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Narrative Psychology, Family Systems Theory, Depth Psychology, Existential Analysis, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). My counselling approach reflects these specializations.

I describe my counselling philosophy as holistic, personalized, collaborative, non-judgmental, and empowering. I will work with you to increase your awareness and understanding of specific issues (uncovering unhelpful patterns of thought, feeling, and behaviour), to identify your unique strengths, and to provide concrete strategies and tools for achieving your goals. My clinical experience includes counselling individuals, families, and couples as well as psycho-educational group therapy.