The Client Toolkit is for active clients of Dawson Psychological Services. When you set up an appointment for psychological counselling, you will be asked for your email address, so you can be provided with the password which will enable you to start exploring the tools available in the Toolkit menu.
You want to change? Here are some tools. Feel free to explore them. They are for you!
Are You Feeling Stuck? Take Steps Towards Personal Change! These steps involve identifying what gets you stuck and what carries you through to uncover new opportunities in your life. Several steps towards Personal Change for individuals and couples are provided in the menu item “Personal Change“. To get the full benefit of your psychological counselling sessions with Dr. Dawson, it’s vitally important to apply yourself to making the Personal Changes you need to improve your life.
Once you have set a psychological counselling appointment, watch your email or texts for links to these resources. Keep an eye on your email and your texts between sessions for confirmations and reminders because these contain instructions for utilizing your Client Toolkit.
For individuals, the self-assessments are laid out step-by-step. To get a clearer idea of your priorities for change, work your way down the toolkit menu items one at a time. After each self-assessment, keep your results. They will be helpful for future reference in your counselling sessions and for tracking your efforts to change in your life between sessions.
Other resources provide mindfulness tools for relaxing and bringing yourself out of past regrets and future expectations and help us appreciate what is in the present moment. My booklist provides additional resources for improving your ability to enjoy life, “moment by moment by moment” (as Jon Kabat-Zinn says).
Books and skills are recommended that teach you how you can re-program your patterns of thoughts, feelings, and behaviours and how to have emotional conversations without all those arguments getting in the way.
For couples, forms also include self-assessments which will help you and your partner get a better understanding of you and your relationship. Everybody wants to be heard, to be validated. Findings from counselling research show that the most improvement comes from rapport. Letting our partners know we have heard what they are saying is a big part of rapport. Taking our turn to let them know how we think and feel is the sharing or feedback part of rapport. Resources for improving your relationships will help you learn to empathize with your partner. The the Empathy Exercise and the book Hold Me Tight are great resources to improve empathy and communication skills. The self-assessments are wonderful resources to help you build awareness of the changes you want in your life.