REGISTERED CLINICAL COUNSELLOR
Diane Payette - Registered Clinical Counsellor
DIANE PAYETTE is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with 32 years of experience in mental
health. She has worked in California and on the North Shore in British Columbia in a variety
of settings : psychiatric care, private practice, community organization and schools. After a
hiatus of 5 years from private practice, Diane has decided to re-open her practice on a part-
tie basis in Whistler while she continues to work as a school counsellor in 3 francophone
Sea-to-Sky schools. She specializes in cognitive-behaviour therapy, a well recognized
modality with proven outcomes for a variety of common issues from anxiety-based
challenges to important life-decision making. Diane enriches the therapeutic experience by
including mindfulness-based strategies.
What is cognitive-behaviour therapy?
CBT combines cognitive and behavioral therapies and has strong empirical support for
treating mood and anxiety disorders. The basic premise of CBT is that emotions are difficult
to change directly, so CBT targets emotions by changing thoughts and behaviors that are
contributing to the distressing emotions.
CBT builds a set of skills that enables an individual to be aware of thoughts and emotions;
identify how situations, thoughts, and behaviors influence emotions; and improve feelings
by changing dysfunctional thoughts and behaviors. The process of CBT skill acquisition is
collaborative. Skill acquisition and homework assignments are what set CBT apart from “talk
therapies.” Beyond discussing issues and seeking for advice, you are encouraged to use
session time to learn skills to address the presenting problem.
What are mindfulness-based strategies?
During a counselling sessions, mindfulness-based interventions can include a MindUp
meditation, mindful breathing exercises and a mindful body scanning. The purpose of all
mindfulness strategies is to ensure that you are in the « here and now » when learning new
skills and when using those skills to deal with issues. Being present to yourself is key to
adopt new and healthy thoughts patterns and behaviors.
I believe that therapy works. It’s only a matter of making that initial decision and
committing oneself to resolve the issues, solve the problems that are in the way of feeling at
peace and free to live the life you want and deserve. And sometimes, only one conversation
with the right therapist can make a difference. Helping people by bringing clarity into their
situation and teaching them new communication and self-care skills has been a passion of
mine for 3 decades.