Peter believes that a trusting and collaborative relationship between the therapist and client is the catalyst for positive change. He cultivates this trust by making every effort to engage clients by working to develop a relationship based in compassion and empathy. He believes that clients need to trust that their therapist is authentic, honest, and supportive.
His therapeutic approach is eclectic in nature, but primarily focuses on cognitive behavioral and humanistic approaches. His counseling style focuses on key issues that present themselves in the form of unhealthy themes and patterns. Peter’s goal is to help clients identify these patterns and refocus their energy on exploring and learning healthier ways of coping.
In Peter’s work with adolescents, he actively tries to enter the young person’s world by getting to know what interests them. This can involve play therapy, playing games, or talking about sports or social media. This allows a supportive, safe, and nurturing environment where clients can feel empowered to open up about their feelings and inner experiences. To help facilitate this process, he creates a safe and warm environment while teaching a range of coping skills.