Author: Joan Schultz

Joan has provided counselling for marriage, family and individual concerns for over 25 years.  She provides guidance and support for relationship difficulties, reconstructing marriage after an affair, conflict resolution, problem-solving and parent-child relationships.  Joan works with individuals who are dealing with depression, anxiety, loss, trauma recovery and/or experience with assault and abuse.

Joan’s approach depends upon the situation presented, and includes a variety of therapeutic approaches such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Family Therapy, EMDR and Emotionally Focused Therapy.  Client strengths are emphasized with personal insight and responsibility for growth is encouraged.

Joan’s doctoral dissertation research focused on resilience factors in adversity. She received her master’s degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Saskatchewan, followed by two years of specialized clinical training in Chicago.  She is a member of the B.C. College of Psychologists and the B.C. Psychological Association.

Joan enjoys teaching in community, retreat and university settings on topics related to her areas of practice and experience.  Having been married for over thirty years, with four adult children, her approach to relationships and life problems is both realistic and practical.

Surviving Teen “Boot Camp”

The high school years can feel like a prolonged episode of “Survivor” for many teens. After feeling inadequate through most of his high school years, one young man likened his high school years to “four years of boot camp”. He constantly struggled with loneliness and fears of rejection. What this young man did not realize is that the one commonality we share with every other person is that we are all inadequate. No one has a perfect life. If we

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Proactive Preteen Parenting

As a parent of four children who range in age from elementary to early teen years, I rarely feel like I am meeting every parenting challenge with great success. No other thing I do challenges me to the extent that parenting does. Despite the books I’ve read, classes I’ve taken (and taught!), nothing has prepared me for its surprises and new experiences. No other occupation can so intertwine the daily drudgeries necessary for care taking with the complete unexpectedness and

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