How Can I Help?
Clarify Challenges of Life Stage
We all have changing family situations and sometimes it is helpful to think about them with a professionally trained person listening and giving solutions a voice. Ruth brings her life and professional experiences into action when supporting others through their challenging times.
What does that mean? When Ruth listens to life stories she reflects her thoughts back to you to assist you with another perspective on a life situation. By hearing another perspective and being supported to try on another way of thinking about a situation, it can help you to make changes in dealing with your life. Another way of thinking about talking with Ruth, she is a “sounding board” where you can safely vent your thoughts and feelings with professional responses to help you gain a new perspective.
Advocate & Referral
As a social worker, Ruth is knowledgeable and well-connected with the health care system. She is able to be called into discharge planning meetings to mediate between the individual and family’s requests and the healthcare setting’s expectations. Or attend care conference meetings to support and advocate for the following of a Health Care Directive. She has a strong capacity to respectfully mediate discussions about supporting people through to the end of their life according to their wishes.
Determine Solutions & Goals
When people consult Ruth, short-term and long-term goals are set up as a method for keeping the counselling time focused on the current situation. By being focused, clients can also gain a sense of accomplishment when goals are reached. Feeling successful is another motivator toward making changes in life!
Support End of Life Experience
Ruth understands that coming to the end of life with someone is a life-changing experience. Yet it isn’t one that we get much preparation or training for. Knowing this, Ruth has focused some of her on-going training on end of life issues in families. Beginning with her Master’s degree and continuing with workshops, conferences and reading, Ruth has gathered a wealth of knowledge and experience to offer clients who are going through this life stage.
Individual or Group Therapy? Or Both? Couple Therapy?
There are many reasons to choose one or the other method of therapy depending on your
New experience or unfamiliar with therapist or therapy
Shy or private person by nature and mostly uncomfortable in groups
Significantly challenging life transition which is preferred to be managed individually
Able to afford or have benefits coverage to seek individual therapy
Comfortable and familiar with therapeutic process and therapist
Able to manage within a group setting and learn from others
A wish to know that other people are experiencing challenges in their lives too
Limited budget which allows more group therapy appointments at affordable rate.
Blend of Both?
Gaining confidence or building a relationship with the therapist first individually
Achieving goals in a 1:1 setting and then practising them within a small group
Being in group therapy having a sounding board of other people builds the learning
Communication skills improvement
Conflict exploration and resolution
Parental coaching to grow your ability to help your children be good people.
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