Individual Therapy

I offer individual therapy sessions using the Creative Nondirective Approach (CNDA), working with adults only.

What Happens During the Therapy?

The Helping Relationship Therapist, over the course of encounters that take place at regular intervals, encourages clients to talk about themselves, about the events in their life and how they face them, to share their life history and experiences, and to freely express such experiences, emotions, feelings and inner resistances in their everyday life as well as during the session with the therapist (the helper).

The Helping Relationship Therapist, through these actions, accompanies the client as she or he moves through the different stages in the process of “creative change,” as identified by CNDA founder Colette Portelance:

  • Awareness of oneself
  • Acceptance of who one is
  • Assuming responsibility for who one is and what one does
  • Expression of one’s inner world, one’s emotional experience and feelings
  • Observation of the successive stages of one’s development, leading to new discovering about oneself
  • Choosing protective mechanisms
  • Shifting to creative action

Over the course of the sessions, depending on the situation, various projective methods may be used. Such methods may have a suggestive impact, in the sense that they may stimulate the unconscious and trigger the memories of current or past experiences. They can also make it possible to explore hidden areas or throw new light on areas of which the client is already aware.

Problems addressed in relation to others

Various relational difficulties or the wish to improve one’s interpersonal skills:

  • Couple
  • Parent-child
  • Relations at work
  • With one’s boss (or other authority figure)
  • Family
  • Friends
  • Co-workers
  • Etc.



Relationship breakdown

Lack of affirmation

Inadequate communication skills or the wish to learn how to communicate authentically

Rivalry, competition

Problems with interpersonal communication

Difficulty being respected

Locked-in to relational patterns

Circle of friends and acquaintances and respecting boundaries and limits

Problems addressed in relation to self

Desire to increase well-being in general

Desire to achieve greater self-understanding

Improving self-esteem

Developing self-confidence

Self-doubt, self-questioning, wondering about the meaning of one’s life

Overcoming fear in order to move forward

Losing one’s job

Losing a loved one


Personal limitations that are hard to accept (illness, handicap…)

Developing or expanding self-love

Personal growth and development

Acceptance of self and letting go

Freedom to be one’s self, spontaneity, authenticity

Learning to become a leader

Being freely creative

Taking responsibility for the ways in which one is different

Dealing with a major life change (turning 40, retirement…)

Making decisions

Wanting more control, or feeling like one is losing control, in one’s life

Needing to talk, listen, understand, to break out of isolation

Perfectionism and unhealthy focus on performance

Putting other’s needs first, self-negation

Wanting to achieve goals and fulfill dreams