Wade considers himself an eclectic counselling professional. He is a certified Focusing-Oriented Therapist and a member of the Focusing Institute in New York, NY. Wade was trained at the Justice Institute of British Columbia and clinically supervised in the practice of Indigenous/Aboriginal focusing-oriented therapy (I/AFOT) and trauma-informed practice. Wade has been trained in Level 1 and 2 of the Gottman Couple Method, Level 1 and Level 2 of Motivational Interviewing, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, and Cognitive Behavioural and Dialectical Behavioural Therapies.
His work with families includes narrative, solution-focused, brief strategic and family therapies as well as the tenets, concepts, and therapeutic processes of major theories of family functioning. He continues to understand how the roles of culture, religion, and spirituality intersect within various modalities of counselling support and encourages his clients to share their world views within the therapeutic alliance to support their counselling needs.
Measurement of Change
Wade is committed to a feedback-informed treatment approach that is evidence-based and includes two brief self-report scales that offer real-time feedback on the experience of those in counselling and their progress during each session. This information is helpful to ensure that Wade is working well within the therapeutic alliance that he develops with his clients, to identify any discrepancies from previous sessions, and to address clients’ needs at that time. This feedback has also been instrumental in helping him to adjust his treatment approach and determine how his clients perceive his actions as their counsellor.
Clinical supervision is interaction with another senior colleague — a mentor, or someone who provides a counsellor with the support and trusting relationship that clients develop with their own counsellor.
Clinical supervision is an important part of Wade’s ongoing commitment to his lifelong learning and development plan. Being a counsellor requires dedication to ongoing professional-development opportunities, but Wade is also aware that reaching out to a trusted colleague and mentor is necessary to understand his own reactions, acquire new learning, and manage indecision or doubt. Because Wade is a reflective practitioner, clinical supervision gives him opportunities to discuss his personal needs that arise during sessions and develop a plan to maintain his inquisitiveness and support for his clients.