How I Work

If someone had told me years ago that elevated emotions like joy, love, and freedom don’t automatically pop up when the tough stuff falls away, I would have told them they were “crazy” – in a kindly sort of way.

Fast forward to what we know now and I so get it. Oftentimes, the typical “one step forward, two steps back” or what some describe as self-sabotage are our best attempts  at finding a way out of pain and suffering.

My style of counselling…

I offer a brain-wise, mindful approach for promoting mind-body healing.

By this I mean:

I love helping folks learn how to modulate the “charge” in the nervous system that accompanies:

  • Tension, pain, and anxiety (by reducing the “buzzing” or fast moving energy) and/or
  • Depression (through boosting collapsed or flat energy by bringing in helpful resources).

This approach helps the nervous system find its optimal feel good range so you learn how to “roll with the punches” of life with mind-body ease and a greater sense of well-being.

Particular techniques I use include Somatic Experiencing (SE), Self Regulation Therapy (SRT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and Psychodynamic.

And lest you think that therapy is always serious I’d like you to know about the healing power of shared laughter. Even dark times have moments of awe and joy!

What lies behind us and what lies before us
are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Contact me for a chat about your concerns and intentions moving forward.

Therapy for saying yes to life

Dr. Carole Gaato

Dr. Carole Gaato, Ph.D. is a registered psychologist with a private practice in Coquitlam, BC, Canada. After completing her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Simon Fraser University (1996), she has also become a Certified Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner, a Self Regulation Therapy® Practitioner, and is certified to interpret and coach to the Spiritual Intelligence Assessment (SQ21).

Dr. Carole believes that the longest journey we take is the one coming home to ourselves and hopes to join you in remembering who you truly are.