Koempel, Geraldine

Hours:

with appointment

Suite:

638

Phone:

(438) 396-7615

Email:

info@couplesinprogress.com

Website:

www.couplesinprogress.com

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

I am a clinical psychologist since 1998 and a member of the Order of the Psychologists of Quebec (OPQ).

My first orientation is psychodynamic. It means together with my patient we try to understand his/her own specific psychological organization research. We give it meaning and this awareness quickly triggers change and better well-being. It is an existential therapy too.

 

Being certified in EMDR I also help my patients with this method especially in case of grief, trauma, PTSD, abuse (past or present), anxiety and depression.

 

Issues met are of course very different based on their history and resources:

- Mood disorders (depression, irritability...)

- Anxiety disorders (bullying, burn-out, general anxiety, fears, intrusive thoughts, compulsions...)

-suicidal ideations

-abuse (sexual, physical or psychological)

-grief

-addiction

-illnesses

-attention deficit

-demotivation

-Life changes (moves, expatriation, migration, illness, new child...)

 

I am also certified in Gottman Couples Therapy. Gottman Couples Therapy is based on John Gottman's 40 years of research on relationships. The goals of Gottman Method Couples Therapy are to disarm conflicting verbal communication, increase intimacy, respect, and affection, remove barriers that create a feeling of stagnancy in conflicting situations, and create a heightened sense of empathy and understanding within the context of the relationship.

 

Couples who enter into Gottman Method Couples Therapy begin with an assessment process that then informs the therapeutic framework and intervention.

Assessment
A conjoint session, followed by individual interviews with each partner are conducted. Couples complete questionnaires and then receive detailed feedback on their relationship.

TherapeuticFramework
The couple and therapist decide on the frequency and duration of the sessions.

TherapeuticInterventions
Interventions are designed to help couples strengthen their relationships in three primary areas: friendship, conflict management, and the reaction of shared meaning. Couples learn to replace negative conflict patterns with positive interactions and to repair past hurts. Interventions designed to increase closeness and intimacy are used to improve friendship, deepen emotional connection, and create changes which enhances the couples shared goals. Relapse prevention is also addressed.

 

Couples who come to me (homo and heterosexuals) suffer generally from:

- Emotional disconnection

- Infidelity

- Grief

- Perpetual conflicts

- Past or present abuse

- A lack of shared meaning

- A different vision about money

- Different expectations about sex.

 

LANGUAGES

I practice in English, French and can also talk in German .