What is the difference between wellness services and therapy offered by Dr. Love?
Wellness services help you create optimal well being. In your family doctor’s eyes, you may be perfectly healthy, but you may know that you don’t feel vibrant, deeply alive, or your best self.
Therapy is a form of treatment to help you get better from a mental health disorder. For example, anxiety can be an illness but stress is not. Depression is a disorder but feeling burnt out is not. Psychiatric disorders disrupt your performance and are confirmed and diagnosed by a doctor.
How do I know if I may benefit from wellness services or therapy?
If you are generally well but want to be better, then wellness services can help you in many ways: to think more clearly, improve your athletic and mental performance, up level your lifestyle, improve your sleep, deepen your relationships, enhance your career, and align you with purpose. Based in evidence-based science, wellness services can help you achieve optimal well being.
If you are struggling and finding it difficult to cope in some way, then you may benefit from therapy. An initial consult is one hour long and will help to clarify if therapy is the best approach for you. Therapy services are covered for BC residents who have active MSP. Therapy includes psychotherapy, sleep therapy, mindfulness, and supportive therapy.
How do I know if I will benefit from the way Dr. Love provides wellness services or therapy?
Clients that tend to benefit from Dr. Love’s approach are actively working professionals with good stability in life. High performance professionals with strong motivation for change benefit from the structured and goal-oriented approach. People who like to practice daily habits to attain improved quality of life also benefit. Professionals who feel that they have achieved many things but no longer feel “that spark” the way they used to, also tend to regain their sense of joy and pleasure. Women or men in committed relationships who want to renew love and connection to their partner tend to benefit. Clients who want to grow their ability to appreciate their own positive qualities, optimal potential, and ability to see and seize opportunities in life tend to benefit. Clients who commit to weekly sessions paired with a physical athletic practice and mindfulness practice improve considerably.
For therapy, what diagnoses does Dr. Love see?
Mild anxiety, insomnia, adjustment, or grief reaction diagnosed in a person without other psychiatric comorbidity.
If you have one of the above concerns, you may benefit if you can practice mindfulness daily, and you are not currently taking benzodiazepines, cannabis, narcotics, or stimulants.
How do I book an appointment?
Your initial consult is booked by your family doctor. Your family doctor will need to fill out the referral form with you, confirm that the information is accurate, and then fax the referral form to our office. Fully completed referral forms are reviewed by our office, with all information strictly confidential. Once reviewed, you may be offered an initial consult appointment. Not everyone who requests an appointment is booked in for an appointment.
Why would I be refused an initial appointment?
Over the years, Dr. Love has seen a specific approach be very effective. In order to benefit from the individual sessions, a person needs to be in a certain state of readiness. As wellness and therapy services are offered as part of a specialized service in an exclusive and limited practice, we have developed over the years a screening referral form that tries to minimize the chance that your expectations will not be met.
Exclusion criteria include: current medico-legal involvement (WorkSafe, ICBC, disability), active substance use problems, a history of physical harm to self or other, a history of psychiatric hospitalization, a criminal record or charges for assault or theft or damage to property or jail time, unstable housing or finances, past or current diagnoses of a psychotic disorder, bipolar disorder, moderate to severe depression, cluster A or B personality disorder, untreated medical illness, acute or urgent medical or psychiatric illness, history of traumatic brain injury that impairs current cognition, seizure disorder.
Are services offered in English?
Yes, services are offered in English only.
Are services offered for adults?
Yes, services are offered for adults only, 18 years or older.
I read that Dr. Love offers mindfulness-based therapy. What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness refers to a specific approach to therapy and wellness. Mindfulness was brought into the world of therapy by Jon-Kabat Zinn. The key tenets are acceptance, focus, and compassion. Mindfulness is a doorway to powerful personal transformation. As a tool for wellness and prevention, mindfulness can shift belief networks in the mind towards less stress and greater success in career and relationships. In therapy, a mindfulness approach based in neuroscience and the architecture of the brain can help treat anxiety, insomnia, adjustment disorder, or a grief reaction.
How does mindfulness relate to wellness services?
Mindfulness is a doorway to personal transformation. By shifting the nervous system into a more relaxed state, obstacles to success can be effectively addressed. Mindfulness helps you to more deeply encode new information.
Are the services covered by the government?
Therapy is covered for BC residents with a valid PHN.
Wellness services are not covered and are private pay.
How do I speak to, or email, Dr. Love?
Dr. Love is available by appointment only. Speak to your family physician to request a referral.