Stephen is a clinical and counselling Psychologist who lives and works in Muskoka. Stephen grew up in Hamilton, Ontario where his father was one of the first and most prominent personal injury lawyers in that area. He recalls the empathetic and client-centered approach that his father brought to his work. Stephen has been working in the field of psychology since 1986 and as a registered clinical and counselling Psychologist since 1993. Stephen joined Brainworks in 2017 serving the Muskoka, Orillia, Barrie and surrounding areas.
Stephen has worked in variety of settings with diverse clientele. He has worked in a private practice providing individual, couple and family therapy. It was in this setting that he had his first experiences working with individuals who had been involved in motor vehicle accidents and were enduring the emotional, cognitive and physical aftermath. Stephen has worked in hospitals, rehabilitation clinics, and in community-based behavioural and mental health organizations and has considerable expertise working with people who live with anxiety disorders, depression, unstable moods, and/or persistent pain. He uses humor in therapy as a way of balancing the suffering that clients often experience; noting “laughter in the face of fear can be a very therapeutic and motivating experience”.
Stephen’s Practice Areas
Trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, mindfulness based therapies, and other evidence-based therapeutic modalities, Stephen determines which approach best suits his clients’ needs, then works collaboratively with his clients to set and achieve individualized goals.
Stephen tends to work quite actively with clients – helping them to overcome a fear by physically approaching it rather than simply talking about it in the comfort of their home or in an office. He recognizes that people need to be prepared to take their first steps toward overcoming adversity or facing uncomfortable situations when they are ready. Stephen has learned that it is only when someone genuinely accepts whatever difficulty they are experiencing in the moment that they will be prepared to take those first steps. From that point on, Stephen likes to work side by side with his clients, sometimes looking to his clients to lead him in the direction they need to go.