“There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.”
— Leonard Cohen, Anthem
I have had a life course rich in experiences that have helped me grow, and inform my practice. While I take special interest in critical illness and parenting multiple children (twins and triplets and more), I have a varied clinical background and experience with anxiety, depression, trauma, infertility and other life transitions, and relationship problems to name a few.
In my practice, I favour a holistic, trauma-informed integrative approach, which I tailor to meet my clients’ individual needs. I believe in building on strengths rather than focusing on pathology or diagnoses. We work together in order to identify behaviour patterns, and thought processes which no longer serve them, in order to help them change and heal.
I am sensitive to the fact that the problems clients bring can often have a spiritual dimension and I remain open to working with their personal meanings. I enjoy working with my clients and I consider it a privilege to be able to accompany them on their journeys of self-discovery and healing.
I am a registered psychotherapist with College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (reg. # 006521), and I am a member of the Canadian Psychological Association. I have a master’s degree in Counselling and Spirituality from Saint Paul University, as well as a master’s degree in Medical Anthropology from the University of Ottawa, where my thesis work was based on the experiences of parents of childhood cancer patients. I have a Certificate in Applied Mindfulness from the University of Toronto, and am a trained facilitator of the Mindfulness-Based Chronic Pain Management (MBCPM™) course. I had the good fortune of being trained by Dr. Jackie Gardner-Nix, Chronic Pain Consulting Physician, Department of Anaesthesia, Pain Clinic, St Michael’s Hospital and Medical Director of the Neurova Centre, and her team.
I am the Director of Clinical Services, and clinical supervisor. I offer individual counselling and psychotherapy services in both English and French.
Direct line: 1-800-280-2149
** For clients with private health insurance coverage through Medavie/ Blue Cross, I now offer a direct-billing option.
I have a passion for supporting both individuals and the family in whatever shape and form it takes. I believe that supporting parents as individuals, and in their couple relationship is key to helping the family thrive. I also recognize how hard these relationships at times can be. I have over 10 years of experience facilitating marriage and parenting courses, as well as experience in my past careers of finance and running my own catering business. I have been married for nearly 30 years and have three young adult children.
I believe that engaging in therapy can yield such gifts as hope, healing, insight and change. I am an active and curious, empathic listener who will provide you with a safe, warm and non judgmental space in order to help you explore whatever is troubling you. Collaboratively, we can determine the route that you want to take in therapy.
I work with individuals, couples and families who are looking for support with relationship concerns, stress, anxiety, depression, burnout, grief and anger. I tailor my therapeutic approach to the unique experience of each client. I use an integrative approach and incorporate skills and techniques from Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), the Gottman Method, Systemic and Psychodynamic approaches. My work is both trauma-informed and spiritually-informed. Whether spirituality is a source of discouragement from which you would like to heal or a source of strength you would like to grow and deepen, your spiritual questions are welcome.
I am a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (Registration # 008305) and an Associate Member of the Canadian Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (Registration #2017750). I hold an undergraduate degree in Human Relations and a Masters of Arts in Counselling and Spirituality from Saint Paul Paul University.
Direct line: 1-800-280-2149
I believe that we are all capable of making positive changes in our lives and my role as a counsellor is to help facilitate that process through warmth and empathetic understanding. Together we can work to identify meaningful and attainable goals, improve relationships and connection, decrease feelings of sadness, anger, loneliness and hurt, and develop self-esteem, confidence and self-awareness. I believe that the more that we understand our experiences, motivations, feelings, and needs, the more we can make deliberate choices about how we want to live.
My practice is informed by a range of different modalities, at the heart of which is a person-centered, trauma-informed approach. I appreciate that each person is unique and aim to provide an individually tailored approach to best suit your personality and needs. I work with adults coping with a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, PTSD, sexual assault/abuse, grief and loss, self-esteem, and identity.
I am a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), Canadian Certified Counsellor (C.C.C.) and member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. I hold a Masters of Counselling from Athabasca University and an undergraduate degree in Life Sciences from McMaster University.
Direct Line: 1-800-280-2149
I am a bilingual therapist with a Master’s degree in Counselling and Spirituality from Saint Paul University. I specialize in the care of adults living with anxiety, depression, chronic illness and chronic pain. I am an ally of the LGBTQ community and work closely with clients who are struggling with gender identity, gender expression and/or their sexual orientation. I also accompany people in palliative care and their family members. I recognize and celebrate the infinite variety of human stories and welcome clients of every faith and spirituality including those who do not identify with any spiritual perspective.
My approach to therapy is to honour the unique story each of us tells and lives by. I wish to provide a safe, nurturing space in which you can tell your story, reflect on it and transform it in order to align your values with your behaviour. It is my belief that your personal narrative has an impact on you physically and that therapy can help you reshape your narrative to adjust your relationship to your body. Talk therapy can also help you improve relationships with the other people in your life. It can help you reconcile body, mind and spirit.
I will draw on many theoretical practices to tailor your sessions to your specific needs. I will work with you to identify the strengths you did not know you had. I will help you name your challenges. Together we will establish goals for you and collaborate on strategies for you to reach those goals. We will work to co-author a new, positively sustaining narrative for you.
I hope that your therapeutic journey with me is transformative and healing.
May your story be one of growth, hope and joy!
Direct line: 1-800-280-2149
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