Russell Stagg MA MC
Registered Psychotherapist (ON)
Licensed Counselling Therapist (NB)
Registered Clinical Counsellor (BC)
I am in Saint John, NB, serving Canada (except Quebec)
You may be struggling with depression, addiction, or relationship problems. You may have experienced past trauma such as sexual abuse, domestic abuse, or bullying. You may be leaving an abusive religion. Whatever your reason for seeking me out, my aim is to make you feel safe, respected, and heard as we work together to resolve your problems.
My specialty is trauma, especially sexual abuse and sexual assault. I have published articles on the subject, including an invited article, in major psychological journals.
I developed my person-centred approach as a Jewish university chaplain and a chaplain for the Emergency, Intensive Care, and Burn Units. It means I do my utmost to experience your situation as if it were my own.
Then I use the techniques of cognitive-behavioural therapy to challenge and overcome toxic thoughts, behaviours, and emotions. And if you've been struggling with PTSD or repeated bouts of depression, I may introduce you to the healing techniques of mindfulness. Used with caution, it can be a useful tool.
When I work with couples, I focus on the powerful emotions underneath your anger. Sharing and acknowledging those emotions can actually bring you closer, rather than driving you apart.
Day and evening appointments are available.
Photo courtesy: Norm Wolf, Chinook Photography