Individual, Couples, Family Counselling
Jim has a Master’s degree in Christian Studies, with a concentration in Counselling, from Regent College, in Vancouver, BC. After graduation, Jim opened private practices in Calgary, and Wetaskiwin, Alberta. He dealt with a wide range of clinical cases, from individuals struggling with low self-esteem, trauma from childhood abuse, depression, anxiety and personality disorders. He has counselled couples, doing personality assessments as well as teaching communication and conflict resolution skills. While in Alberta, he presented public seminars on mental health issues and was a part time professor of Psychology at Rocky Mountain College. He moved to BC, establishing practices in the Okanagan, and subsequentially on Vancouver Island. He joined the staff of Edgewood Health Network, in Nanaimo, first as an inpatient counsellor for the treatment of addictions, then a family counsellor in the Family Support programs. He now has nine years of professional experience as a Substance Abuse Expert. He is skilled as well in individual, couple and group counselling. He describes his philosophy of counselling therapy as follows:
“In my 28-year career as a clinical counsellor and educator, I have sought to create a “safe place where people can be vulnerable.” I consider the tender vulnerability of the soul a “sacred place,” to be treated with the utmost respect and compassionate care. My goal, therefore, is to establish a strong therapeutic alliance, where both myself and clients work in a collaborative change process. I employ counselling techniques from various schools and models, my main stay being Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I believe, as did Albert Ellis, that what we think about activating events, produce feelings that drive behaviors. My goal is client empowerment, through greater self-awareness as well as equipping with knowledge and skills so clients can live mature, responsible and enjoyable lives.”
Office Location: Kelowna
Direct Line: 778-581-4905
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