Alistair has been working professionally as a counsellor/educator since 1989 and as an anger management specialist in private practice since 1995. During this time Alistair has developed a manner of working with men and women which is respectful, solution-focussed and based on both academic theory and extensive experience. This experience includes working with trauma, and historic abuse in a manner that honours each person and allows for deep healing, and looking at the practical “anger management” work that some prefer. During the last twenty years he has worked with thousands of people who have made the phone call out of a desire to create change. Although he has facilitated court-ordered men, he now works exclusively with self-referred clients, which includes those sent from the workplace, or strongly encouraged by a partner, or even unfortunately sometimes, a lawyer.
Alistair’s approach focuses on the gifts and potential of each person. In this manner “the good” that is present in an individual is attended to, as are the challenges that face each person. He also has extensive experience working with what is behind a person’s anger. The pain, sadness, hurt, fear, anxiety, shame and often, trauma the are in a person, is what leads someone to react disproportionately to events. It is only when this is examined, with compassion and a deep respect, that a person can alter their response to the triggers in their life, and learn to relate to the emotional reactions that have led them astray. Alistair has been humbled and inspired by the many people who have taken up the courage to take up this type of investigation.
Alistair regularly presents workshops to diverse groups from police, to teachers, CRA auditors, to unions or therapists for professional development.
Alistair also provides counselling for parents with an extensive focus on Dads. He has developed and facilitated parenting groups for Dads and co-facilitated Parenting Together groups for couples. During an interview on CKNW’s Parenting Today show, Alistair spoke about the importance of being aware of the memories parents create with their children.
Contact Alistair: 604-723-5134 or firstname.lastname@example.org