"HEAR ... TO HELP"
Ron Wyse: distinctives
A Multi-Cultural Life
Although I was born here in Canada, I've lived and worked on three continents: Hong Kong; Zimbabwe, Africa; and here in Canada. My wife originally came from Hong Kong, and as a result I worked there for a while and still occasionally visit. All of this means that I've had at least one foot firmly planted in other cultures for over half my life!
There are many ways in which we can live in different worlds, and all of this life experience helps me in understanding a variety of people.
Training, and In-Depth Learning
I work as a Registered Psychotherapist (RP) here in Ontario. I am also a Marriage & Family Therapist (RMFT), being a Clinical Fellow of the Ontario Association of Marriage & Family Therapy (OAMFT).
Beyond this, I have lots of education and work experience which relates to counselling. If these are interesting to you, read on (if not, you can just skip to the next section!).
At both the master and the doctoral levels I have extensive training in both Counselling and in Biblical Studies. In the early part of our marriage I taught Biblical Studies (at the university level) overseas in both Hong Kong, and (mainly) in Zimbabwe, Africa.
While we were in Africa I began & completed a doctorate on Proverbs & Counselling. I did the Doctor Divinitatis (DD) at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. In that part of the world, this degree is senior to the purely academic PhD since it combines both the academic and the practical training. Prior degrees include the Master of Divinity (Tyndale Seminary, Toronto; Counselling Major) and a Master of Theology (Regent College, Vancouver; Thesis in Proverbs/Wisdom Literature).
Writing On and Living Out Relationships
In 2005 I completed a book on marriage: "Beyond Survival: Marriage and the Quest for Paradise". I also contributed to the best selling book "Hot Apple Cider" (edited by Lindquist & Nelles; 2008).
Since I value alternate perspectives and encompassing views, I am dedicated to focused learning in many areas relating to counselling. I'm also a fan of guitar breaks, strategic retreats with my wife, and life-conversations with our now adult kids.
My goal in counselling is to help bring clarity, healing and growth into the lives of my clients. We can work on a range of areas in our counselling sessions. These include concerns about any of the following: relationships, behaviour, thoughts and beliefs, emotions, and more.
As a therapist I am committed to professional excellence in the procedure and goals of counselling, and to being informed about areas related to it.
As a Christian therapist I operate within a broad Christian worldview informed by Scripture, as well as Christian faith, experience and reflection. I was raised in a Canadian Evangelical context, I'm currently involved in a nearby United Church, and "theologically" find myself closest to historical and current Catholic perspectives.
In general, I see how complex our world is, how vast yet limited is our knowledge; even putting experience into words is a challenge! However, we can all experience healing and growth throughout our lives, no matter what we've been through. Counselling can be a very helpful part of this process.
Ethics, Safety, Goals
Therapy is often a vulnerable work; clients have the opportunity to discuss and work through experiences and concerns that they often can't or haven't discussed anywhere else. You may find it reassuring to know that both the institutions I am aligned with have put considerable thought into protecting those who work with therapists. I follow the "Code of Ethics of the American/Ontario Association for Marriage and Family Therapy", as well as the "Code of Ethics of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario."
All counselling-related files are securely and confidentially maintained. Clients have a right to review or have a copy of any information that is contained in their files.
Usually we work towards figuring out our counselling goals within the first few sessions, if not in our first one. We also review these goals every 6 - 8 sessions, to make sure we're on track for your objectives. Having said this, some clients prefer to meet and 'process' in general areas, rather than aim at specific goals or results. Either approach can be helpful.
To help us keep on track of your personal concerns, I begin each session by having you complete an Outcome Rating Scale (ORS: about how your week has been). I also end each session with a Session Rating Scale (SRS: how the session has helped you, and what may help more). The SRS can help you to review how our time benefited you, and sometimes it clarifies our focus for the next meeting.
Any client can end therapy at any time. In my experience, clients usually find it very helpful to have a final "Wrap up" session. This process strengthens our work by helping you in three ways: by your review of the gains you've made; by you considering what kinds of things you particularly found helpful in our work together; and by discussing how you anticipate dealing with future challenges.
1 Valleywood Drive, Suite 301, Markham L3R 5L9
The office is north-east of 404/407; at Woodbine Ave, three lights north of Hwy #7.
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