Author: Jean-Claude Bazinet

It was in 1991 that Jean-Claude came to Denis Boyd & Associates to do his internship, and he has never left, working on a part-time basis ever since. Over those years, Jean-Claude was involved in various types of therapies: group therapy, couples counselling, art and play therapy for children, mediation, family therapy, etc. These last years, he has focused more specifically on working individually with adults, as he feels this is where he does his best work. Jean-Claude’s warm, caring, inquisitive approach is what makes the difference in his work. For him, life’s problems are always seen against a background of meaning: meaning about self, others, and life in general. He strongly believes people can face almost anything if they can make sense of what they go through and slowly build a deeper philosophy of life. His work is to help you see more clearly through what may appear confusing, contradictory, even hopeless.

Jean-Claude worked for over 20 years as a school counsellor. He has also worked as a translator for over 10 years, translating publications in the fields of mental health and education. His therapeutic methodologies are mainly conversational, psychodynamic and reality-oriented; with cognitive, mindfulness, relaxation, and motivational methods as adjuncts. He trained at UBC and holds a Master’s degree in counselling psychology. He has studied extensively and attended trainings and workshops in such areas as EMDR (trauma), narrative therapy, focusing, CBT, and many more.

And last but not least, he loves learning: life is a never-ending adventure for him, an adventure both profoundly philosophical and spiritual. He is grateful to work in a profession that allows him to walk in that direction with others.

PS: If you wish to increase your endorphins, oxytocin, prolactin, and dopamine, the hormones of stress-relief and joy, please note that his dog Leo has been his faithful assistant for the last five years!

Do Your Homework

As an old proverbs states « Tell me and I forget. Show me and I remember. Involve me and I understand. » In a few words, this wise saying reminds us that discussion, reflection or analysis are not sufficient to effect lasting change. If we want to make a real difference in our lives, we need to take action because we truly learn and change by doing. That is why therapists will often provide homework assignments and stress the importance

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Heritage Languages: Tapping a “Hidden” Resource

Our children are born with the ability to become bilingual, if not multilingual. Yet the majority of children will never speak more than one language. And this is true for the majority of Canadian children born of parents who speak another language in addition to English. For most of them, learning English will mean the loss of their parents’ mother tongue. This is most unfortunate if we consider the many social, educational, economic, cultural and political advantages associated with the

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In the Company of Each Other

When our children are difficult or when we are disappointed by their behaviours, we may sometimes seek assistance from our loved ones. We may also read a book on parenting to get some guidance to better understand what we could do to improve the situation. Among the recommendations given, we may be advised to provide a more structured environment for our child or to better understand how we communicate with him or her. A special emphasis may also be given

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