Psychotherapy has been a journey to a place I have always known but couldn't quite reach by myself, a journey to discover a vital and energetic self hidden behind habits, reactions, fears, and illusion.
My work is guided by the individuality and uniqueness of each person who comes to my practice and I provide a respectful, confidential and non-judgmental environment in which to explore any issues, emotions, thoughts and dreams.
I work in both English and German and I offer one-on-one sessions as well as telephone sessions.
Please feel free to call me for an initial consultation.
Healing and Growth
Pain and suffering often give us a reason to examine our lives, and in this lies a great opportunity for healing and growth. I have experienced the therapeutic conversation and relationship as a crucial tool to facilitate this exploration, and the healing and growth that follows, in a way that cannot be achieved alone.
Open-minded and Respectful
I have worked with people from different religious or spiritual backgrounds and a variety of ethnic origins. You might be an immigrant struggling with integration into a new culture or country; you may run into the same problems in your relationships, again and again; perhaps you might struggle with gender identity or your sexual orientation. Maybe it is it difficult for you to find a place where you can feel you belong, or you might just not feel good or sure about yourself and not know why. If any of these things is true, then you might benefit from talking to someone who is positive, and open-minded, and respectful.
As your therapist I will take my lead from you. It often takes time to develop the strength and trust to examine your most troubling experiences. Your individuality and uniqueness will guide us in our work.
People see me for a wide range of emotional problems:
- Depression and emotional pain
- Panic attacks
- Self-esteem issues
- Relationship problems
- Disturbing moods
- Abuse and Trauma
- A sense of disconnection from others
- Gender Identity Issues
- Minority Issues
- Issues with Authenticity, and Identity
After getting my Master’s degree at the University of Marburg, Germany some 30 years ago I worked at a psychiatric half-way house as part of a team. Our goal was to enable hospitalized psychiatric patients to live, function, and work on their own or in sheltered groups. We did that by sharing our daily lives and by informal and formalized conversations both individually and in groups. Through this experience I learned how important the therapeutic relationship is for mental health.
In my 30s I came to Canada and raised a family. At some point I sought the help of a psychotherapist. Once again I experienced the importance of this particular kind of relationship, a relationship in which I had someone outside my circle of friends and family to talk to and to be heard by.
I returned to studying psychology and psychotherapy and completed my studies at the Center for Training in Psychotherapy.
I love doing this work, and I enjoy deepening my experience through further reading, conferences, workshops, courses and a supportive peer group.
FeesSliding scale $60 - $100 (Initial free consultation)
TrainingUniversity of Marburg/Germany; Center for Training in Psychotherapy
Approaches and TechniquesDream Work, Person-Centered Therapy, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, and Relational Psychotherapy
FocusAbuse in Childhood, Anxiety, Authenticity, Depression, Dream Imagery, Emotional Disturbance, Feminist, Grief, Identity, LGBT-Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender, Self Esteem, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma, Uncertainty, Worry, and Other
Age SpecialtyYouth (20 - 25), Adults, and Elders
Spoken LanguageEnglish and German
Session FormatPrivate Sessions and Phone Sessions