What I Offer

The focus of my practice is using “talk therapy” also known as “psychotherapy” to relieve emotional suffering, to alleviate specific psychiatric symptoms and to promote and enhance emotional health and well-being.

Achieving a richer and more nuanced understanding of yourself and the world is a bonus benefit! I work with ages from older adolescents up to older adults, both individually and in groups.

I am honoured to offer these services to people in the Sea to Sky Corridor. As a Psychiatrist, most of my services with the exception of Psychoanalysis are covered under MSP (Medical Services Plan of BC). Please discuss your interest in seeing me with your Family Physician or General Practitioner and have them make a referral to me.

What Does Psychoanalysis or Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy offer you?

A wide variety of initial presenting problems bring people to my practice. Some people arrive with specific symptoms like depression, anxiety or substance use. Others present with difficulties related to having experienced trauma, neglect or abuse. Others identify challenges in establishing relationships, pursuing ambitions or being caught in a myriad of self- defeating and self -destructive behavioral patterns. Often people have sought help before. Short- term therapies or medications may have provided temporary relief, but have not been sustaining.

Together we will define what you are seeking and how we can work together to help you to attain your goals. Our work can be done in conjunction with other treatments such as psycho-pharmacology, couples counseling or family therapies.

I have had the privilege of being a part of peoples’ lives as a physician, psychiatrist and psychoanalyst for 30 years. I draw on all that I have learned from patients, from my own education and training, from teaching and supervising and from my own life experiences to inform my practice.

…And so I dare to hope
Though changed, no doubt, from what I was, when first
I came among these hills; when like a roe
I bounded o’er the mountains, by the sides
Of the deep rivers, and the lonely streams
Wherever nature led; more like a man
Flying from something that he dreads, than one
Who sought the thing he loved.

~William Wordsworth”Lines”, Tintern Abbey

What is Psychoanalysis / Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy?

Originally coined “the talking cure” over a century ago by its founder Sigmund Freud, psychoanalysis is the foundation of all the talk therapies. Now, I can feel you tensing up at the mention of Freud, but we’ve come a very long way from his couch in Vienna. Contemporary psychoanalytic theory and practice offers the rare opportunity for profound understanding of our conscious and unconscious experiences.

  • Psychoanalysis brings lasting emotional and psychological healing and growth.
  • Psychoanalysis transforms the experience of self, others and the world.
  • Psychoanalysis enriches and enlivens life.
  • Psychoanalysis enables one to live out of their full self, maximizing potential – in this lifetime.

Psychoanalysis typically consists of sessions three to five times per week, and may include using ‘the couch’.  Psychoanalytic psychotherapy uses the same theoretical principles and methods of exploration but with less intensity. It can be more practically manageable and is usually covered by MSP, yet is still a highly effective method of treatment.

The Process

Please give me a call at my office or email me to arrange initial contact by phone so I can answer any questions you may have and establish time for our first formal meeting.

Please arrange a referral to be sent to me from your Family Physician or General Practitioner.

We’ll start by talking and listening – gleaning an understanding of why you have reached out to me. We will meet several times during this ‘assessment’ phase to better define the nature of your difficulties and if and how I might play a role in helping you. We’ll decide together if we are a ‘good fit’. Sometimes I may suggest you see another professional such as an expert in psycho-pharmacology or expert in shorter-term psychotherapy.

We’ll make a decision about our meeting times and frequency. In person sessions take place in my office in Pemberton, British Columbia.  There may be opportunities for Tele-health services which are covered by MSP.  Fees for services not covered by MSP can be negotiated.

Usually people are seen at least one session a week for psychotherapy and three to four times a week for psychoanalysis.  Therapy is usually longer term, a year or more.

Confidentiality

Confidentiality is an absolutely essential element of our work. The College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia license me to practice medicine. I am in full compliance with their standards and guidelines.

Help For Healers

As I enter the last third of my working life, I find myself, as Erik Erikson described, looking for ways to pass on my some of what I have learned to others. Having worked in a variety of settings including mental health teams, substance abuse treatment facilities, geriatric outreach teams, Riverview Hospital, psychiatry inpatient units and in private practice, I am familiar with the challenges you face as a healer and health practitioner.

I have an academic appointment with Department of Psychiatry, UBC at level of Clinical Instructor. I teach and supervise Psychiatry Residents in psychodynamic therapy. I teach Psychoanalysts in training at both Seattle Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and The Western Branch of Canadian Psychoanalytic Society in Vancouver. I have experience treating Health Care professionals. As a newcomer to the Sea to Sky corridor, I am not working for or associated with any agencies in the region.

Please feel free to contact me to discuss further. Fees for my services are negotiable.

About Me

I have recently moved to Pemberton, BC after many years of living and working in the Fraser Valley. I look forward to the opportunity to answer the call of the beautiful mountains, lakes and rivers.

I work with Outward Bound Canada in providing psychiatric consultation to support their programs for women survivors of trauma and veterans. I hope this to be an auspicious indication of being able to ‘live out of more of myself ” – exactly what I hope my patients will achieve through our work together.