About Larry McMechan
There is a place and time for each of us to reach out for help.
You have tried everything you can think of. You have been walking an emotional tightrope for a long time and you are tired and worn out, unsure of what to do. You are looking for an impartial individual to get a new and different perspective from.
My philosophy of treatment is to listen deeply to what has happened. A chance to get a load off your mind. What has changed your life enough to make you search for support?
I ask pertinent questions, not to judge what you have experienced, but to assist me in understanding what has happened and how it is affecting you now.
Once your situation has been explained and you feel that I appreciate its complexities, then we will embark on a journey together to unravel the reasons and answers that have eluded you so far.
My background is a mix of life coaching, conflict management skills including mediation and group facilitation, education and counselling techniques. I use a client-centred approach, which means that you are the expert and I am the assistant. I will not try to fix you, but together, we will deconstruct what has happened and work towards creating the outcomes that you want.
My mission is to support individuals, families and organizations to grow toward a more expansive view of themselves by inspiring better communication, identifying resistance and self-doubt, and encouraging thoughts, feelings and actions that promote wellbeing.
My credentials include:
Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington 2006-2008
- Master of Arts in Counselling
University of Toronto, Toronto, ON 1983-1984
- Bachelor of Education
Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, ON 1978-1982
- Bachelor of Physical Education (Honours)
Basic Certification Zengar NeurOptimal Neurofeedback Training 2013
Certified Counsellor (CCC #646) with the Canadian Counselling 2012-2014
and Psychotherapy Association
EMDR Practitioner (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) 2011
- Working with Trauma: Affect Regulation Levels 1 & 2 2010
Kootenay Art Therapy Institute, Nelson BC
- Art Therapy and Dream Work 2008
Certified Facilitator for “Nobody’s Perfect” parenting program 2008
Certified Life Coach – Coach Training Alliance 2006
The Diamond Institute for Integral Learning Certificate in Conflict Management
- Mediation, negotiation, conflict analysis and management 2005
Certified Leader for “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions.” 2003