Specializing in marriage and relationships, including sex and intimacy.
I provide in-person sessions at my Campbell River location, and I help clients everywhere via skype or telephone.
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I’ve been in private practice since earning my Hakomi Therapist certification in 2008 upon completion of an accredited three year training and supervision program with lead trainer Beth Falch-Nielsen. Jon Eisman‘s Re-Creation of the Self therapeutic model, somatic processing, and trauma therapy were included with the Hakomi curriculum. I also had the good fortune to learn directly from the founder of the Hakomi method, Ron Kurtz, shortly before his passing in 2011.
My additional training as a Co-Active Coach provides a bold, straight-talking counter-balance to the slow and gentle approach of Hakomi. I also draw on complementary modalities and wisdom traditions including archetypal and depth psychology, the enneagram, sexual and erotic energies (tantra, taoist etc), non-violent communication, family systems theory, yoga, and mindfulness.
The training I’ve done has given me a solid foundation for my work, but frankly it is the insight gained from years of working with couples on their most intimate conflicts and their most persistent relationship issues that has taught me the most.
I work differently from purely cognitive based counsellors and therapists. Rather than just talking about an issue, I help clients get out of their head and explore the feelings, beliefs, and fantasies that shape their relationship moment to moment. This includes accessing experiences and emotions held in the body and imagination, often below conscious awareness.
Understanding different personality types helps me tailor my counselling services to suit the needs of a variety of clients. (For example, some people need practice speaking up, while others could stand to hone their listening skills.) We all have different paths to growth and integration, and my job is to recognize and support your process.
While women are sometimes assumed to be more comfortable with counselling, I’ve worked extensively with men too, developing effective counselling and coaching approaches that align with masculine needs and male experiences.
“Justice offered me a perspective I had never considered, forcing me to take responsibility for my part and stepping up to take my place where I belong. Justice’s approach is refreshing. He doesn’t beat around the bush too much, wasting time and energy being too polite or formal. He wants to help you make the adjustments you need.” ~ Andrew B, Canada
Books and writing
I’ve written two relationship books and dozens of articles on relationship topics. My writing has been read by over ten million people in two hundred countries, and has been translated into at least six languages. Articles have been featured in The Huffington Post and Good Men Project.
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On a personal note
Some clients are interested in who I am personally and what attracted me to this work. I try to be reasonably transparent about myself, while cautioning them against measuring my life experience against their own.
I’m in my mid-forties, have been married twice, and have children. I’ve been in a variety of long term and short term relationships – some conventional, some unconventional.
When my first marriage disintegrated I was in deep emotional pain. A counsellor helped me find my way and also sparked a deep personal interest into the nature of love, sex and relationships. This interest grew into a professional journey that continues today.
I’ve been to counselling/therapy many times over the course of my life and have had experiences with counsellors ranging from wonderful to terrible. I know how important it is to work with a counsellor or therapist that feels right for you.
My professional community of colleagues and mentors is important to me and I continue to meet and consult with them on topical life and work issues. I truly love my work and feel like it’s an honour to be able to share my gifts with so many people all over the world.
“Justice came into my Hakomi training as a ‘natural’ at learning Hakomi. He has the ability to listen deeply, feel into a person’s experience, and to create safety in a relationship – all qualities valued in Hakomi. In learning the method, he was not encumbered with defending other modalities and was able to shift into embracing the use of MIndfulness and somatic understanding easily. His warm, playful spirit and ability to think outside the box are also gifts he brings to his clients.” ~ Beth Falch-Nielsen, Certified Hakomi Therapist and Hakomi Trainer, Registered Clinical Counsellor
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