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 recommend on eating disorders:

Life Without Ed: How One Woman Declared Independence from Her Eating Disorder and How You Can Too by Jenni 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
  • Three 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
  • Three main symptoms of trauma
  • Four 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
  • Allan developed a new way of looking at and working with people with post traumatic stress disorder
  • Believes that wherever there is oppression there is resistance on the part of the victim, whether that is internal thoughts or external action
  • 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

  • John Gottman describes the results of his decades of research on couples
  • 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

Safe Teen International – Canada

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

Emotionally Focused Family Therapy 101

  • 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