Judith’s Professional Biography & Treatment Approaches
- U.B.C. Master of Arts Counselling Psychology 1992
- U.B.C. Bachelor of Arts Psychology Major
- Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy – Introductory Workshop
- Vancouver Couple and Family Institute – Emotionally Focused Couples Training
- Canadian Psychoanalytic Society Western Branch – Psychotherapy Program
- Marriage and Family Therapy Training – Satir Institute Certificate
- Registered Psychologist – College of Psychologists of British Columbia license #1612
- Member of the British Columbia Association of Psychologists
- Member of the International Association for Relational Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis
Current Work Experience and Approach to Treatment
Exclusively in private practice in Kitsilano, Vancouver B.C. counselling Adult Individuals and Couples. I work primarily from these Contemporary Psychodynamic/Analytic approaches:
- Relational emphasizes relationships as key in the development of our identity as individuals. Early experiences and our unique personalities set the stage for identity development and ways of relating but change and growth occurs dynamically in the present context of one’s current relationships. The therapy relationship can be a safe context for these patterns to come alive and change.
- A Whole Person Perspective is exactly as it sounds. We consider problems in the context of other areas of one’s life as appropriate and relevant to each situation. Problems or “symptoms” may be understood as part one’s unique life experience rather than only as a painful symptom.
- Intersubjectivity involves the development of one’s ability to experience and relate to others and ourselves as subjects not confined to roles or scripts, nor constrained by rigid assumptions or expectations. The ability to know, express and appreciate our uniqueness and diversity while also appreciating these qualities in others is important for mature healthy relating. This is a central concern in interpersonal conflict situations and crucial for sustaining long term intimate relationships. It is a key area of focus when working with Couples.
- Interpersonal shorter term dynamic approaches focus on ways of exploring not only relationship dynamics but also the dynamic patterns within ones own ways of thinking and feeling. This is an approach that encourages curiosity about ones own mind – the inner mental/emotional patterns themselves necessary for growing beyond repetitive long standing problems.
Where appropriate Other Approaches/Models are Incorporated such as:
Cognitive-Behavioural C.B.T. / Integrative/ Expressive / Mindfulness
My previous experience and focus as a counsellor and psychotherapist included a range of settings in business, community and agency health care settings. Although no longer my areas of focus they provided invaluable experience and specialized training with adult treatment issues such as:
Alcohol and Drugs Outpatient Addiction / Head Injuries Rehabilitation / Employee and Family Assistance Programs / Career Change and Transition