My approach to therapy involves exploring and uncovering the barriers that get in the way of people living meaningful lives. This can often mean that we can struggle with internal experiences of distress and become stuck in thoughts and behaviours as a result. My approach with clients also involves setting personally relevant therapeutic goals and tailoring each person's experince specific to them.
When you arrive please take a seat in our waiting room. Our psychologists appreciate that your time is valuable and do their best to keep to time, however, occasionally this is not possible and your patience is appreciated. Your therapist will then take you into a consulting room and will review the consent form attached. The initial appointment will run for approximately one hour. The session will involve a detailed assessment of your situation and you will be given the opportunity to ask any questions you may have. It is best to be as open and honest about your problems as possible, however, if you find it too difficult to talk about an issue, please indicate this and we will leave it for the time being. At the end of the session the therapist will give you an indication of what therapy may involve and approximately how many sessions it might take.
My personal approach to health and wellbeing is centred on the idea that we are perfectly imperfect. This means that the more we understand and accept our limitations, the less frustrated and anxious we will get when trying to accomplish our goals. The goals that we set will be more realistic and we will be gentler and more compassionate with ourselves, including reaching out for appropriate support when needed. I also know that we will fall back into old patterns of behaviour from time-to-time and that this is natural and normal; in fact, it is the way in which we recover from these "lapses" that can be more formative and meaningful rather than the fact that we have fallen.
Many issues arise within the domain of interpersonal relationships and interactions. I am interested in the way people relate to one another and how these interactions can be improved.
I have worked in a variety of settings including public and private hospitals, drug and alcohol rehabilitation services, and private practice. In these spaces I have treated a wide variety of presentations.
Shane is available:
Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays (including after hours)