Robin has always been interested in the human capacity for change. More specifically, how humans have the ability to persevere, be resilient, and even flourish while facing tremendous odds. When he first saw one of Diana Fosha’s videos, he immediately connected to the relational and transformative aspect of Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP), in which the focus is on what patients are doing positively right from the beginning. For the last seven years, Robin has been a part of the AEDP Steering Committee in promoting workshops and communicating with AEDP members. He also travels internationally to facilitate skill development for counsellors, psychologists, and psychotherapists.
In 2013, Robin started his private practice at Core Counselling, which services the Fraser Valley. He sees clients for individual counselling either from his home office, or online through Zoom.
Robin was asked to develop a school program that works with students and their mental health concerns. Through this experience, Robin has developed a passion working with teenagers and young adults. The program uses both AEDP and Dialectic Behaviour Therapy (DBT) principles to process painful experiences with students, while directing them towards transformative experiences with both adults and peers.
Robin accepted a position with the Faculty of Counselling at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. He works with a diverse group of students who identify with various communities. Robin recently developed and implemented a suicide prevention group that focuses on connection and community-building skills.
While working at the University, Robin has started to divide his private practice into supervision for therapists and individual counselling. Robin also presents workshops on AEDP, Mental Health, and to young adults at various Universities and with the BC Teachers Federation.
His primary goal is to create a community of support, that engages parents, educators, and outside agencies, in an environment of care that can address a variety of issues such as depression, self-harm, panic attacks, body image issues, and trauma related symptoms. Robin believes that young adults face immense challenges in their identity development, as a fast paced digitized society hinders the development of secure attachment based relationships, that often are needed to navigate disappointment, loss, and crises.