Registered Psychologist Vancouver, BC for Counselling and Therapy for Individuals and Couples

Life is difficult, and at some point you may experience what many people who seek my professional psychologist Vancouver services report feeling:

  • Hopeless and like a mess
  • Adrift, without a purpose
  • Conflicted internally
  • Troubled by problem behaviors that seem out of control
  • Confused and stuck in life
  • In emotional pain
  • Torn between wanting a loving connection and sabotaging it
  • Anxious
  • Bad about yourself
  • Distressed in a relationship or marriage with recurring patterns of conflict
  • Worried about sex

Psychologist in VancouverAs a Registered, Vancouver Counselling Psychologist, I am privileged to help individual adults and couples change how they feel about themselves and their relationships. Some of the areas in which I provide individual therapy and counselling for couples are:

Why See a Registered Psychologist in Vancouver, BC?

Therapist and counsellor in Vancouver, British ColumbiaUnlike other Vancouver therapists and counsellors, licensed, Registered Psychologists are the only regulated body of professionals who provide counselling/psychological services in the province of British Columbia. Registered Psychologists have doctorates generally, which ensures a high, minimum standard of training in psychology, and adhere to an ethical code of conduct. If you have concerns about psychologists’ services, they are accountable to the College of Psychologists of BC.

It is also import ant to see a Registered Psychologist you are comfortable with because it is widely accepted in psychology that it is not the treatment approach that the psychologist uses that facilitates change but his or her ability to form strong working relationships. In addition, research shows that incorporating feedback from clients and using disciplined practice to improve as a therapist also enhances change.

How Does a Psychologist Help You?

As a counsellor in Vancouver, BC, my approach to counselling/psychotherapy is depth-affective-cognitive-behavioral. This means that I work by helping people to change distressing thoughts, feelings, and behavior with an understanding that the source of our difficulties lies in past trauma and our defenses against trauma feelings.

This humanistic and psychodynamic approach to therapy is rooted in forming a warm, compassionate relationship in which people feel safe and understood. Within such a context, I motivate people to look at the unhealthy ways that they are avoiding painful feelings from the past (see the link, Intrusive Feelings). As people slowly give up their defenses and bring their presence/mindfulness to these feelings, they move toward genuine health. I offer both support and challenge, and draw upon tools and techniques from numerous approaches to psychotherapy – such as gestalt, EMDR, and Voice Therapy – as well as over a decade of personal therapy in facilitating this process toward health.

Also, I reflect on the feedback I receive on the Session Research Scale (see Scott D. Miller’s website) at the end of each session by reviewing my notes and planning each therapy session in order to improve my treatment effectiveness. This feedback indicates generally that people are quite positive about working with me in therapy.

For a more detailed sense of how I work with individual adults and couples as an addictions counsellor and psychotherapist in Vancouver, please click on links to the Case Studies. These are hypothetical clinical cases of individuals and couples struggling with issues such as anxiety/depression, sex addiction, low sexual desire, marital conflict, and sexual disorders.

Positive Outcomes from Seeing a Psychologist

Addiction CounsellingAlthough there is no guarantee of a positive outcome in therapy, based on the Outcome Research Scale (see his website), which people complete at the beginning of each session, many individuals and couples shift from being clinically distressed to non-distressed over the course of counselling. At the end of counselling, often they report feeling:

  • Like a weight has lifted
  • Calm and more themselves
  • More vital and alive
  • Less anxious sexually
  • More comfortable with a close connection
  • Better able to listen/communicate without becoming defensive
  • In control of previously out of control behaviors
  • Better able to access their resources/abilities/inner strength

Help is Available Nearby

As a local, Registered Psychologist, Dr. James has been counselling in Vancouver, BC, for 27 years in community agency settings (alcohol/drugs, mental health, and employee/family assistance) and private practice. Dr. James likes how he works with people and feels confident about assisting you to make the changes you want in your life. Dr. James invites you to contact him by internet or in person by phone if you would like a five to ten minute consultation in order to identify your issues and to ask questions about his services including fees.  No referral from a medical doctor is required with the exception of a few, specific extended health plans that require a physician’s referral.

Dr. Paul James, Registered Psychologist Vancouver – 604- 873-0222