individual counselling – depression and anxiety

Michael Yapko: Depression Is Contagious

  • Dr Yapko – author of Depression is Contagious
  • Beyond biology and look at relationships and social side of depression
  • Worldwide spread of depression, must address social element
  • Skills that people can learn to manage and prevent depression
  • Research shows that education and knowledge increase your chances of recovery


individual counselling – eating disorders / disordered eating

Books I would recommend on eating disorders:

Life Without Ed: How One Woman Declared Independence from Her Eating Disorder and How You Can Too byJenni Schaefer

It’s Not about the Food: A Woman’s Guide to Making Peace with Food and Our Bodies By Esther Kane

Bulimia: A Guide to Recovery by Lindsey Hall & Leigh Cohn


individual counselling – sexual abuse and trauma

Peter Levine – post traumatic stress and bound energy



  • In this video, he talks about how trauma creates bound energy
  • If we release this energy gradually, within a safe environment, we can then re-access life energy we have been missing out on
  • He uses a slinky to demonstrate this

Babette Rothschild – safe treatment of trauma

  • In this video she shows how a therapist can help slowly release the pressure a trauma victim is under
  • She puts on the brakes when the client gets too stressed
  • She uses a bottle of coke to demonstrate this

Bill O’Hanlon – Post-Traumatic Success

  • In this video he talks about how to get some benefit out of traumatic experiences
  • 3 strategies based on research and clinical experience

Bill O’Hanlon – four ways to get over trauma

  • In this video, he talks about trauma – that people can recover and it doesn’t have to take years
  • 3 main symptoms of trauma
  • 4 strategies in recovery

Belleruth Naparstek – PTSD – Episode 1

  • In this video, she talks about guided imagery technique for trauma victims
  • Research on data about trauma
  • Book called Invisible Heroes

EMDR – Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

  • In this video is a description of what EMDR is and some information about the research behind it
  • Created a distance between you and the trauma

Bill O’Hanlon – “From Post Traumatic Stress to Post Traumatic Success”

  • His website has some great videos and lists his books
  • Bill O’Hanlon is a mentor of mine
  • I trained with him in a workshop “From Post Traumatic Stress to Post Traumatic Success” dealing with trauma and sexual abuse

Babette Rothschild – making trauma therapy safe

  • World famous trauma therapist
  • I trained with her and liked her approach
  • She has some great ideas on making trauma therapy safe for the client
  • Relationship between client and therapist is crucial
  • Clients may need therapist to put on the brakes, work on things a little bit at a time
  • Therapists don’t have to dig out every memory
  • this website goes with the book 8 Keys to Safe Trauma Recovery

Allan Wade – resistance to oppression

  • worked extensively with trauma mostly in the aboriginal communities on Vancouver Island
  • he developed a new way of looking at and working with people with post traumatic stress disorder
  • he believes that wherever there is oppression there is resistance on the part of the victim, whether that is internal thoughts or external action
  • he asks questions of the clients to bring out those stories of resistance and uses these to build a new sense of internal strength and power

Dr. Scott Miller – client therapist relationship is key

  • Dr. Scott Miller is a mentor of mine.
  • co-authored a book called Escape from Babel
  • his research shows that the strength of the relationship between the client and therapist is what leads to success in therapy
  • when a client feels heard and validated, that is what makes the difference


couples counselling


John Gottman – 4 things that destroy marriages

  • in this video, he describes the results of his decades of research on couples
  • he lays out what they have found to be the 4 things that destroy marriages, he calls them “the 4 horsemen”

Susan Johnson – EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy)

  • In this video, she talks about the experience of connection
  • She uses the metaphor of “tango” to explore how people relate to each other, and how to become responsive to your partner
  • The biology of intimacy

  • High success rate in helping couples
  • Specialises in couple and family therapy
  • Books solidly grounded in research and practice
  • She founded The International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT) in 1998
  • the home for research and training related to EFT
  • John Gottman called Susan Johnson the best couples therapist in the world

Bill O’Hanlon – relationship tips

  • A great resource on relationships by a renowned therapist

Info on Divorce

  • This website has a lot of information on divorce and the laws around it


family counselling & parent teen conflict

Mary Pipher – Teen girls

  • This video is called “Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls”
  • Cultural influences on American girls
  • The place of peers and media within the life of young women

Dr. Robert Brooks – the role of adults in helping struggling children

  • Research shows that an adult who believes in a struggling child can make a difference in a child’s life

Teen Resource

  • This website is teen friendly and offers pre-teen and teen coaching as well as support for adults

Emotionally Focused Family Therapy 101

  • This video talks about this type of therapy which research has shown to be highly effective for family
  • Talks about making secure bonds between family members


Dr. Richard Falzone – adolescence

  • In this video he describes the developmental tasks of adolescence
  • This can give parents a context and help to decide what is normal and what is worrisome behaviour