• Richard Tatomir, MA, CCC

    Richard has nearly a decade of post-Masters experience in government, health-care, and private practice treating children, youth, parents, couples & families with anxiety, depression, trauma, addictions, conflict, and most other behavioural, emotional, and life issues, as well as several years as a Clinical Supervisor/University Faculty.

    Richard’s specialties are relationships and trauma, and as such is Gottman, Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), and EMDR (EyeMovement Desensitization and Reprocessing)-trained, the gold-standard therapies for couples, and trauma/anxiety, respectively. He also has specialized experience working with neurodiverse children and youth, including physical/cognitive/adaptive/learning differences, Autism spectrum, Fetal Alcohol, ADHD, and other complex/concurrent disorders.

    Richard takes a science-based, relationship-centered, and step-by-step skill-building approach, believing clients are doing the best they can—but that it takes a village to thrive—and sometimes additional tools, strategies, and outside perspectives are necessary to overcome barriers in the way of reaching our full potential.

    Examples of evidence-based treatments that Richard uses include the following:

    CBT/Narrative: Taming Worry Dragons for Anxiety (dev. by BC Children’s Hospital) – Cognitive Behavioural Therapy [CBT] and Narrative therapy program (Social Anxiety, Generalized Anxiety, Phobias)

    CBT: Zones of Regulation – social and emotional awareness, problem-solving, coping w/ frustration, reactivity, and impulsivity. (ADHD, some Sensory Processing, Neurodevelopmental [Autism spectrum or other Social/Emotional delays])

    Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) – EMDR is a type of trauma therapy that can allow for more rapid resolution of traumatic events/PTSD and anxiety/anxiety-related disorders (i.e. phobias, sleep issues, panic attacks), as well as performance improvement (sports, academics), combining a series of eye movements, taps, or tones while following a process to briefly touch on the distressing experience, but in a new empowered way that can result in permanent positive changes to how they experience the event(s) and carry out everyday functioning

    Connect Parent (dev. by SFU Adolescent Health Lab) – improving parent’s connection and communication w/ difficult adolescents/pre-adolescents, (Oppositional Defiant [ODD], Attachment disorders, ADHD)

    Parent Management Therapy/Triple-P Parenting/Kazdin Method of Parenting/Collaborative & Proactive Solutions/Functional Behavioural Analysis – behavioral and relational methods of managing children w/ difficult behaviours (ODD, Attachment disorders, ADHD)

    Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (TF-CBT) – for managing PTSD symptoms in children & teens (e.g. child who is in fight-flight-or-freeze reaction from witnessing or experiencing their own or family member’s life-threatening incident, abuse, or other event that overwhelms capacity to cope)

    Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)/Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) -informed therapies – for teens and/or parents of teens w/ severe emotion dysregulation, including self-harm, suicidal thinking, and other risky behaviours

    Motivational Interviewing and Relapse Prevention – for alcohol/substance-use or behavioural addictions/disorders or at-risk for development of these

    Child-directed play therapy or Parent-Child Interactional Therapy – esp. helpful for children w/ low verbal abilities, this therapy can increase attachment b/t parent and child, and helps children process, make sense of, and gain confidence and skills for working through trauma, grief, family separation, or other life anxieties. It is often combined w/ parent’s work on other above curriculums.

    Family Systems Therapy/Emotion-Focused Therapy/Interpersonal Therapy – understanding and breaking cycles of conflict in the family contributing to child and family dysfunction by learning new ways of communicating and reacting helping to resolve anger, depression, anxiety, grief, disconnection/demotivation, child-parent role switching/control issues etc.