I am a psychodynamic relational psychotherapist. I believe that you can experience a profound change in your sense of well-being if you feel heard and understood by a psychotherapist. You can learn to see your experience in new ways that feel freeing. You will find a sense of empowerment and will find hope in the safety that comes with working on relational and other issues with a psychotherapist. With clients who would like to work on childhood issues, I help them to understand how they were affected by those experiences and to change the way they have thought about and coped with them. Your problems will feel less confusing as you talk about them. Together we decide whether short or long term work is preferred.
Finding inner choice and other ways of managing living is an important part of what we do. We build on your strengths. Expressing yourself within the safety of a relationship with a caring, compassionate therapist helps you to improve your sense of self-worth. It is very powerful to feel validated and understood.
My specialities are:
- Trauma and Dissociative Disorders
- Addiction Recovery Maintenance and Related Issues
- Eating Disorders
I work with:
- Adults, couple, teens
- Heterosexual, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual clients
- And offer family consultations
I have extensive experience as a therapist in hospitals. I am a Registered Psychotherapist (RP) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario, a Clinical Member of the Ontario Society of Psychotherapists, a Full Member of the Canadian Association for Psychodynamic Therapy. I am also a professional visual artist.
CertificationRegistered Psychotherapist (RP), Clinical Member Ontario Society of Psychotherapists, Full Member Canadian Association for Psychodynamic Therapy
Fees$110 for individual sessions
TrainingMy Master's Degree is a Master's in Expressive Arts Therapy with a Minor in Psychology. Most of my work with clients is with talk therapy, except when clients would like to try working with the arts. I have coordinated care with family doctors and psychiatrists (if this is what the client wants), have worked with clients who struggle with severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder/Substance use. I work from anti-oppression theory, and understand the impact of culture and diversity in working with clients from varied backgrounds. I have attended numerous trainings on attachment theory, trauma treatment, body - based therapies, and drug, alcohol, and process addictions, such as sexual addiction, as well as eating disorders.
Theoretical BackgroundI have been practicing since 1998. In addition to primarily working in private practice, I also currently work, part-time, as a permanent casual therapist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.
Approaches and TechniquesAddiction Specialist, Art Therapy, Attachment Theory, BFT-Brief Psychodynamic Therapy, Body-Oriented Psychotherapy, CBT-Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Client-Centered Psychotherapy, Core Belief Transformation, Counselling, Couples Counselling, Couples Therapy, Deep Feeling Expressive Psychotherapy, Experiential Therapy, Expressive Arts Therapy, Feminist Approach, Individuation Process, Intergenerational Patterns, Interpersonal, Intersubjectivity Therapy, Marriage Counselling, Meditation, Mindfulness, Non-Directive Therapy, Object Relations Therapy, Parts Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, Phenomenological-Relational Therapy, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Relational Psychotherapy, Self Psychology, Solution Focused Therapy, Somatic, Structural Dissociation, Supportive Presence, and Trauma Techniques Involving Movement
FocusAbuse in Childhood, Addiction Recovery, Adoption, Ageism, Alcohol Abuse, Anger Issues, Anxiety, Artistic Creative Expression, Authenticity, Bereavement, Body Awareness, Body-Based Practice, Body Image, Body Oriented, Borderline Personality, Career and Work, Chronic Impulsivity, Chronic Relapse, Cognitive Behavioural, Countertransference, Coping Skills, Core Belief Transformation, Couples Work, Creative Expression, Cybersex Compulsions, Depression, Dissociative Disorder, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Abuse, Domestic Violence, Drug Abuse, Ego States, Emotional Abuse, Emotional Disturbance, Emotional Fitness, Emotional Healing, Entitlement, Experiential, Family, Feminist, Fertility, Gambling Addiction, General, Grief, Grounding in the Present Moment, Identity, Infertility, Intergenerational Trauma, Internet Addiction, Intimacy Issues, Life Coaching, Life Dissatisfaction, Life Transitions, Living with Being Single, Loss and Grief, Men's Issues, Narcissistic Personality, Obesity, Parenting, Peer Relationships, PPD-Postpartum Depression, Procrastination, PTSD-Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Relationships, Self Esteem, Self-Harming, Sexual Abuse, Sexual Addiction, Sexual Anorexia, Sexual Trauma, Stress, Substance Abuse, Suicidal Ideation, Transference, Trauma, Uncertainty, Video Addiction, Weight Gain, Weight Loss, Women's Issues, and Worry
Age SpecialtyTeenagers (14 to 19), Youth (20 - 25), Adults, and Elders
Session FormatPrivate Sessions, Phone Sessions, and Skype Sessions