The Wise of the past and present have questioned us all; “When was the last time you visited yourself, your inner world.” It is time for all of us now to build human strengths. The science that my approach is focused on is to systematically promote the competency of individuals.
Hi, I’m AJ, I am a Registered Clinical Counselor with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors and a Certified Clinical Counselor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association here at Relationship Experts Vancouver & International. I obtained my Masters in Education in School Counseling from The State University of New York (Buffalo, USA) and selected counseling courses from the City University of Seattle. I have an Undergraduate Advance degree in Psychology from the University of Manitoba.
As a counseling practitioner, I provide my services by amplifying the strengths rather than repairing the patient’s weaknesses. Individuals and even children and adolescents are now seen as decision-makers, with choices, preferences, grit, autonomy and purpose. I use different modalities – CBT, DBT, Solution-focused, Experiential learning, Gottman Couple Therapy, Family therapy, Mindfulness, basic Yoga exercises, and Hypnotherapy. What I do is a safe and collaborative strength-based therapeutic approach on trauma recovery, school and work-related worries, anxiety, stress and depression, working with youth, adults, families and couples.
On a personal level, I am a learner, travel to different countries, and listen to different cultural sounds and music. I am an ardent reader, maintain a balanced healthy lifestyle and enjoy being active in the outdoors with nature. I represented the United Nation Organization as a Peace Observer in Iraq and Kuwait after Operation Desert Storm. There is optimism and hope for change for all of us when we come across many difficult challenges. The day you pick the phone and call is the day change begins for you. Collaboratively, we will know how to look and learn. We will then grow, have the key to open the door to our new outer and inner worlds to thrive.