My theoretical orientation to psychotherapy is firmly rooted in the humanistic and experiential tradition that goes back to Rollo May and Carl Rogers. This tradition encompasses, for example, Person-Centered, Gestalt, Existential and Emotion Focused (EFT) approaches to therapy. I am also integrative and recognize and use many excellent interventions developed within other traditions. I have advanced training in both EFT and Relational Gestalt therapies.
My interests focus mostly on issues of process and outcome in psychotherapy. I am particularly interested in the role that emotion plays in successful therapy and, more generally, in the process of change itself. Humanistic, experiential, and existential approaches to therapy are of special interest. Another interest is in how certain personality traits, especially self-criticism understood as a trait conferring vulnerability to depression, interact with therapy processes such as the formation of a working alliance. I have recently done research on adaptive and maladaptive forms of self-criticism and my interest in self-criticism dovetails with a larger, more theoretical interest in the nature of the self. Techniques and processes for changing the self in therapy flow from one's conception of the self. I am also very interested in the history of psychology.
Students in the Doctoral Counselling Program must successfully complete a 1,600 hour internship accredited by the Canadian Psychological Association (or equivalent). Students must complete pre-session study seminars related to the internship application process, interviewing skills, and ranking of internship sites/decision making. Students are expected to participate in the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) matching process. Prerequisites: Consent of Department, completion of required coursework and completion of doctoral candidacy exam.Winter Term 2023 Winter Term 2023
Provides a historical examination of the philosophical and scientific development of the discipline of psychology. Priority given to PhD students enrolled in the Counselling Psychology program.Winter Term 2023
This doctoral level Practicum is a continuation of EDPY 633, prerequisite: EDPY 633.Winter Term 2023 Winter Term 2023 Winter Term 2023