Relationship Issues

Anger Management

Anxiety & Depression

Self-Esteem

Clinical Counselling for Individuals and Couples

Welcome to Iron Tree Counselling

Have you already taken the important step of seeking counselling but never discovered the roots or origins of your issues, found your progress to plateau quickly, or were not able to gain anything from it? Do you have an understanding of your challenges but find yourself struggling to achieve deep, lasting changes in your feelings, thoughts, and behaviours? If so, you’re not alone, and you’ve come to the right place.

Why Choose My Counselling Services?

Many men like you have made strides in self-awareness but still find it difficult to break free from long-standing patterns. You are tired of talking in circles about your issues and are ready to tackle your problems head-on to make real headway. My practice is dedicated to helping you move beyond awareness to achieve real, transformative change. Here’s how I can help:

 

  1. Deep Exploration: We’ll go beyond surface-level issues to uncover, experience, and address the root causes of your struggles. Therapies like EFT and EMDR really help speed this process along.
  2. Practical Strategies: You’ll gain effective tools and techniques to manage and overcome your challenges outside of counselling sessions so you can feel more equipped to support yourself on your own.
  3. Process and Experiential Therapy: We practice experiencing your emotions, thoughts, and behaviours during sessions in new ways so it’s easier to begin consciously and tangibly addressing your concerns outside of session right away.
  4. Sustainable Growth: Together, we’ll build your emotional resilience and foster personal growth, ensuring the changes we make are lasting and impactful.

My Specialties

I specialize in helping men resolve:

  • Traumas: Healing from past wounds that continue to affect your present.
  • Issues with Self-Esteem: Building a stronger, more positive sense of self.
  • Feeling Lost or Stuck in Old Patterns: Breaking free from cycles that hold you back.
  • Emotional Connection and Intimacy: Learning how to emotionally connect with partners to increase intimacy.

Seeking to Improve Your Emotional Intelligence?

Needing to emotionally develop quickly to save yourself and/or your relationship? Join me, your emotional coach, as you embrace rigorous, challenging, and deep emotional growth, encountering yourself and your feelings in courageous new ways. We work together to ensure you uphold values such as integrity, honesty, loyalty, and connection.

Who You Are:

You are a man who is motivated to make real changes:

  • You regularly seek self-awareness and insights
  • You find it difficult to make changes to habits and patterns in your life
  • You struggled to experience deep, long-lasting changes in other therapies

Take the Next Step

Transformation is possible, and it starts with a single step. I invite you to book a free consultation to discuss your needs and how we can work together to achieve the deep and lasting change you’re seeking. During this consultation, we’ll explore the problems you want to fix in your life and determine the best approach to help you move forward.

  This is the definition of bravery: not being afraid of yourself 

– Chögyam Trungpa

Individual Counselling

I provide online counselling to men struggling with anxiety, depression, chronic guilt, low self-esteem, difficulty understanding emotions, trauma, anger management, life transitions, introversion, highly sensitive persons (HSP), and other neurodivergences (ADHD, ASD). A particular focus/specialization is supporting men with issues related to male identity, understanding and communicating emotions, and relationship struggles. Men in the following industries tend to seek my support: construction, IT, business and sales, healthcare workers, medical professionals, and academia/higher education.

Couples Counselling

I facilitate the expression of emotional experiences between adult partners, with a focus on attachment, to foster deeper connections in couples counselling. Partnerships, whether romantic or friendly, are integral to our functioning in life. Humans are social beings and our brains are literally wired to ensure connection and relationships with others no matter what the cost – feeling isolated, lonely, and/or rejected is as threatening to us as is the threat of death or physical starvation.

Thus, I support partners in improving their communication, emotionally attuning to one another, and developing trust and respect for one another. It can be scary and vulnerable for partners to commit to working through their relationship issues, yet it is also an extremely rewarding endeavour for any couple to undertake and the results can be long-lasting.

Book an Appointment

Book your session or free 20-minute consult today!

Video Counselling

We meet online using an end-to-end encrypted video software. Research indicates that virtual therapy is just as effective as in-person therapy – plus it is much more convenient as you can get the help you want in the setting you choose.

Phone Counselling

If webcams and being on video is not for you, we can have our sessions over the phone. Finding the communication medium that is most comfortable for you is just as important as the therapy itself because safety is key in counselling.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How many sessions do I need to attend to feel better?

The reasons men come to counselling are different depending on each individual’s problem to solve or goal to reach. Generally, people see positive results between 8 and 12 sessions.

How frequently should I have a session?

This depends mostly on your desires from counselling as well as other factors (i.e., financial ability, scheduling availability, etc.). However, it is suggested to start with more frequent sessions for the first 3-5 sessions. One session per week or every two weeks is often enough to gain traction in progress, for us to develop a trusting and comfortable relationship, and to start making changes.

Are there in-person sessions available?

As of now, sessions are currently only provided remotely. Thus, video and telephone sessions are the available options.

How long are the sessions?

The sessions are typically 50 minutes long. It is possible to book 80-minute sessions, however, this depends on what you are looking for and if this is necessary for your problems and goals.

Are the sessions covered by insurance?

I am a Certified Canadian Counsellors (CCC) and Registered Clinical Counsellors (RCC). Most extended health plans cover either one or both of these counsellor designations. It is always best to check before beginning counselling to make sure you are covered if this is a need of yours as each insurance plan is different.

Is there homework?

Homework is discussed in sessions if you desire this type of activity. Homework can help to expedite your progress and support you in making changes in your life outside of session. This depends on everyone and can look quite different depending on the problems and goals of each client. There is never an obligation to complete tasks out of session. If you would like tasks to complete outside of sessions, we can collaborate regarding this to determine tasks to complete in relation to your given problems/goals.

Will I get diagnosed with a disorder?

Counsellors in BC do not have the ability to diagnose as this is typically regarded as a function of Psychologists, Psychiatrists, and Medical Doctors. However, if you already have a medical diagnosis, I can support you with the best evidence-based treatments for your diagnosis and support you through decreasing the negative impacts of the symptoms you experience. Generally speaking, I perceive clients through a holistic lens with ever changing abilities and qualities and therefore tend to think of clients less in terms of diagnoses, and more in terms of “How is this person struggling in their life and how can they start to feel better about themselves overall?” I support you in understanding yourself as a whole person who has the capacity to grow and change into who you want to be. Focusing exclusively on diagnoses tends to hinder my ability to provide the best overall care to you.

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