My mission is to give help and hope to people who are seeking freedom from addictions and negative patterns of behaviour.
Individual and couple/family counselling services are provided to those who are living with:
Alcoholism / Drug Addiction: Counselling can help clients to choose new, life-affirming behaviours that will enable them to live happier lives.
Anxiety / Depression: Counselling encourages clients to challenge their negative beliefs, which in turn helps them to change their self-defeating feelings and behaviours.
Compulsive Shopping: Counselling enables the client to abstain from repetitive behaviours that create shame and debt.
Weight Preoccupation / Compulsive Eating: Counselling helps clients to become more self-accepting, and facilitates abstinence from destructive behaviours.
Relationship Problems: The counselling process helps clients to identify their blocks to experiencing the love and intimacy that they desire.
Nicotine Dependency: Through the help of counselling, individuals learn how to live successfully without needing to smoke.
Questions & Answers with Sam
Q: What kind of person can benefit from counselling?
S: If you find yourself engaging in some kind of destructive behaviour again and again, and you don’t know why, or how to stop, you’re a good candidate for therapy with me.
Q: What are your clients like?
S: I’ve seen pretty much every imaginable demographic.
Q: Do your clients usually have previous counselling before they see you?
S: I’d say about half have had previous counselling. The other half have never set foot in a counselling office before.
Q: I find the idea of coming to a therapist intimidating. Do most people feel like that?
S: Sure, of course. Most people don’t know what to expect. I understand that, and I try to make it as easy on everyone as I possibly can. The worst part is getting to the first session. After that barrier is overcome, most find it much easier.
Q: How do you put your clients at ease?
S: A good therapist listens and cares, tries to offer practical advice, and doesn’t push people into areas they don’t want to go. There has to be a certain rapport and trust, and an attitude of mutual respect.
Q: What do your clients say about you?
S: Clients who I’ve worked with tell me they like that fact that I don’t come across as judgmental, and that I offer practical solutions.
Q: How much do people understand about their issues that are bringing them to counselling?
S: When it comes to mental health and addiction, there is more stigma and blame out there than useful information. Most people have a lot to learn. Often they’ve tried to manage their issues on their own on a number of occasions, but without understanding the mechanisms, they don’t have a lot of success.
Q: What happens in the first session with a new client?
S: When a client arrives, they will be welcomed and they will be asked to fill out a brief information form. They will be asked why they have come to see me and what they're hoping to achieve through counselling. I gather information about their history i.e. what triggered the decision to contact me and we begin to explore solutions.
Q: How long is it before clients begin to see results?
S: Obviously there is a wide variation. But I’d say, on average, clients begin to see positive changes after about a month. Some people begin to see changes after the first session.
Q: I noticed you offer phone and online sessions. Why?
S: Some people prefer to talk on the phone or speak via the internet, while others prefer in-office contact. I like to offer clients the choice.
Q: Do people actually get better?
S: Yes. I can’t emphasize this strongly enough. Yes. Most clients are pretty sceptical when they come to me. They’ve tried a lot of things on their own, and nothing has worked. But I see people turn their lives around. I see it every day. When I started this practice almost 30 years ago, I believed that it’s never too late. I still believe that.