Dianne has over 20 years of experience in counselling. She works with children, adolescents, family and couples. Dianne moves clients respectfully through the counselling process from a blend of psychosocial, non-verbal expressive, and emotionally focused therapy approaches.
Dianne’s services are suitable for a variety of issues, including:
|Attachment Issues||Life Transitions|
|Family Relationships||Women's Issues|
She believes in holistic wellness and focuses on healing within. Dianne moves clients respectfully through the counselling process from a blend of psychosocial, family systems, and non-verbal expressive approaches.
Clients can access counselling privately, or through programs such as Brown Crawshaw Inc. EFAP, Crime Victims Assistance, or Worksafe BC.
- What is Play Therapy?
- Play is a safe place for all children. They are very observant and imitate what they see and hear. They are not good interpreters, however. In therapy it is essential to provide ‘space’ for children to come out of their daily lives and to direct their own play in a neutral, nurturing environment. The therapist helps the child use the symbols they discover in play to re-experience the problem event and the associated feelings. This interaction is how the child integrates their experience and re-align the sense of self. Dianne is a member of the Association of Play Therapy out of Clovis, California. learn more »
- What is Family Therapy?
- In families we react to differences between us and our spouses or children either from the way we learned in the families we grew up in, or experiences in relationships prior to having our own families. Yet, ultimately, in family we seek a place to feel acknowledged, valued and safe. Family or couples therapy helps work through problems, become less reactive to one another and find improved ways to communicate our needs.
Developing attunement to family members can eventually build new bonding. Attunement is what we see adults and infants doing when the adult chirps and smiles close to the infant’s face and the infant squirms excitedly and smiles back. This bonding with others is still very much needed at all ages we grow through in our lifetime.
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- What is Non-Verbal Expressive Therapy?
- Adults build their knowledge and learning on interpreting their experiences. Adults often think
about, or discuss their life situations with other adults. In trying to work out personal issues, we
can do a lot of it through talking. Counselling primarily uses talking as the way to bring deeper
awareness and understanding for removing barriers in coping with problems and improving relationships.
However, at times we cannot exactly express what we mean or feel through words. Therefore non-verbal
techniques are introduced and used as a way to explore events from a safe vantage point and build
meaning and language which bring new perspectives.
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- What is Equine Facilitated Personal Development?
- Dianne has teamed up with Thea Fast and the horses at the annual Human Be Herd workshop every June. This type of work is available throughout the year. Thea is an experienced horse woman and has trained at Epona with Linda Kohanov. Equine Facilitated Personal Development is a fancy way to say, learning “horse sense”, from the source (horses). Horse sense refers to our abilities to be in touch with our intuition, to be centered in our bodies, to access our wisdom beyond and through our emotions and to act from our hearts. (For more information, current events and a book list go to www.humanbeherd.com). learn more »
What is anxiety? This is a feeling that something is not right. A sense of anxiety create thoughts that cause to over- worry about others, or focus our thoughts on a particular detail in our life in such a way that it is blown out of proportion. Anxiety is a full body experience and can make it hard to settle down. There are times when this foreboding can feel so powerful that we have what is known as an anxiety attack. Our breathing can go out of rhythm, our heart pounds and we may sweat. During this temporary state we may not know what to do and we can feel very fearful.
How do I manage anxiety? Anxiety can really hold us back from fully functioning in our daily life, although we don't realize how involved we are in the anxiety because we have lost perspective. Our thoughts take over control in an attempt to fix the feeling. However, this kind of run-on thinking does not actually help relieve the anxiety. If the cycle of anxiety and faulty thinking continue for some length of time, then our autonomic nervous system can actually become engaged as well.
1) This may sound unbelievably simple, but it is widely recommended in anxiety literature that your breathing be attended to first. Stop whatever you are doing and tune in to your breathing. 'Follow' your breath as it enters your nose and goes down into your lungs. Notice how your lungs move as they fill with air and then your abdomen moves too, to make room. 'Follow' the breath as you slowly let it go, breathing out. Repeat this several times, evenly and slowly to a count of 4, or 5 - both in... and out... Breathing is the easiest and fastest way to interact with your nervous system. It also takes your thinking out of the run-on thoughts for just a few moments.
2) It can be very helpful to write your run-on thoughts out, in point form. Make a list. Keep writing until all the thoughts are written. Look at this list at different times of the day, say in the morning vs in the evening, or after a meal vs when you haven't eaten, or outside vs in your house, or while your favourite music is playing, or after you've just talked to a good friend. Check your reaction to the list at each of these readings and see if you can tell a difference in intensity towards the list, depending on the environmental factors. This exercise helps us begin to notice fluctuations in our run-on thoughts and then we begin to understand how they are not so powerful, or as real as we believe. After a while you can write 'an alternate' list - one that challenges those original run-on thoughts. Write the original thought and then add, for example..."but in the morning..." or which ever factor you've tried, and finish your new or alternate sentence with how the original thought is different at that time.
Anxiety is really something you, yourself, must work with, to realize how your thoughts influence you. Just because a thought appears in our mind, doesn't mean we have to believe it, or let it stay.
- Dianne holds a special passion for working with children. The inner world of a child is very different from an adult. Children who have experienced an interruption or loss in their connection with the adults in their lives, through separation, illness, death, addiction, or trauma can be disadvantaged in typical childhood development. Or, sometimes children may live in nurturing environments and feel affected by particular personality traits. Dianne feels it is important for caregivers of the child to be involved in the counselling relationship and to also work at understanding how best to meet the needs of the child. Generally, children love to come to counselling when the things that trouble them are being addressed. Unlike some adults, most children rarely feel self-conscious about receiving help, as they are still very much in touch with their own natural drive toward mastering life.
- Dysfunctional Behaviour
- Some people experience a sense of 'chasing away', or 'avoiding' some kind of negative personal inner force. This feeling can be the result of events in our lives that have not been addressed. Lingering grief, resentment or emotional burdens can have an overbearing impact, leading to a life of unfulfilled potential, unsatisfactory relationships, self-destructive behaviour cycles, a general lack of wellness, anxiety or depression. For children, dysfunctional behaviour is often acted out, causing disruption in the home, school or community. Through counselling it is possible to live life at a new level of personal satisfaction and stop feeling that your own dysfunctional behaviour is interefering.
- Family Relationships
• grief is a mixture of several emotions playing into the experience of some kind of loss
• grief can be a direct result of an event, or it can be a less obvious result of a series of incidences occurring over a period of time
• feelings related to grief can be overwhelming and consuming, especially if stemming from a recent unexpected loss
• initial strong feelings do recede as time passes
• with new grief, we often want others nearby
• after adjusting to the newness, it can be important to look at our feelings more closely to understand our different relationship with our life
• grief groups run in many communities; call your local CMHA for more information (www.cmha.ca)
• for learning to manage complicated grief, where several life factors have suddenly converged through a loss, counselling is recommended
- Women's Issues
• even with much progress in our beliefs about women's roles in this century, statistics continue to show that women experience lower incomes, difficulty with securing reasonable housing, the greater share of parenting responsibilities, misunderstanding in health care, including mental health, relationship misconduct and dependency on community social structures
• striving for a full, balanced and flourishing life and overcoming barriers takes a boldness that some women have not recognized as possible in themselves
• locate a Women's Centre in your area and check what programs are available
• or, find a counsellor to investigate more deeply any long-term issues that stand in your way (see section on Dysfunctional Behaviour)