Writer, Author, and Instructor of Psychology (University of British Columbia) / Blogger @ The State of Us
Supporting academic and public discourse in the psychological and social sciences. Specializing in (1) educational development and leadership; (2) writing, editing, and content creation; and (3) individual, group, and community consulting.
Writer, Author, and Instructor of Psychology (University of British Columbia)
Services & Consulting
Services & Consulting
I offer a variety of consulting and educational services for individuals, groups, and organizations, including the moderation of community-based discussion groups, seminars, and cafés. For the past six years, I have led Café-Philo and Psych Café discussion groups in community and university settings in order to stimulate conversation and discourse on some of the issues and challenges we are currently facing as a species. I also offer more tailored consulting and educational services aimed specifically at personal and organizational development.
My approach to individual/group consulting and community education is rooted in the existential and humanistic domains of psychology, focusing on meaning, purpose, and potential. I offer practical guidance, education, and leadership in a nonjudgmental way to help individuals, groups, and organizations maximize their time here.
What is existential psychology?
Existential psychology is based on the premise that life is short, and so it is important to live authentically. This idea of ‘authentic living’ is at the heart of my definition of personal wellness. It means knowing who you are and living with greater self-awareness. It means taking responsibility for your life and your actions. It means living in a way that maximizes your potential as a human being in order to find true and authentic happiness.
When striving to live authentically, it is also important to reflect on life’s biggest questions. Questions like, “Why am I here?” and “What should I be doing?” can help you better understand your place in this world. To this end, it is not enough to simply become more aware of yourself. To find true happiness and peace in life, you must also foster a sense of meaning and purpose. You must wrestle with the questions, find your own answers to those questions, and both clarify and strengthen your relationship with the world. I can help you do so in a productive and healthy way.
The goal of humanistic psychology is similar: to help you gain awareness of your inner potential. This is one of the main tenets of self-actualization, described by Maslow as the process of realizing your true potential. Whether consulting individually or in a group setting, this is a main focus of mine: to help individuals gain awareness of their strengths and potentials on all levels, from physical to emotional and spiritual. I believe in the humanistic principles of genuine acceptance, positive regard, and empathy; and approach all interactions with kindness and understanding, while encouraging new perspectives and insights in a nonjudgmental and safe environment.
I offer individual consulting services in packages of 4 or 8 one-hour sessions. The primary focus of my one-on-one consulting is holistic health improvement, but I am happy to tailor my services based on your specific needs and goals. During the course of your program, we will explore your health and well-being on all levels, including physical, mental/emotional, social, and spiritual. Problem areas will be identified early on and targeted in subsequent sessions. Hands-on strategies for improving your well-being will be offered, culminating in a solid plan for boosting your sense of meaning, purpose, and direction. Close attention will be paid to your spiritual or existential well-being, leaving you better able to find fulfillment in your daily life.
I am located on Bowen Island, British Columbia. Depending on your location, sessions may be done in-person or over the phone. I am happy to meet in West Vancouver, North Vancouver, at UBC, or in Downtown Vancouver; and of course on Bowen. I am also happy to provide coaching services over the phone or via Skype. Email support (including educational materials) between sessions is included. At completion of your program, you will receive a written summary and report via email. Jumpstart sessions involve 2 one-hour meetings (in-person or by phone). I am happy to offer a preliminary 10-minute consultation by phone free of charge.
To buy a consulting program or for more information, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to start the conversation.
Group Events & Workshops
In addition to individual consulting, I also offer a number of group services. These include workshops (half-day, full-day, or weekend), seminars and lectures, and corporate consulting. I am happy to hold these events in your home, place of business, or at a venue of your choice. Alternatively, I am happy to coordinate a space for you depending on your needs, with potential venues and accommodations on Bowen Island.
Workshop, seminar, or corporate topics might include:
- Holistic Health and Wellness
- Stress Management, Home-Work Life Balance
- Finding Meaning and Purpose in Life
- Spiritual Leadership
- Spiritual Intelligence / Spiritual Intelligence at Work
- Dream Analysis and Interpretation
- The Role of Nature in Your Health
- You, Your Health, and Climate Change
To book a workshop or educational event, email me at email@example.com to start the conversation.