You are a person; not a mere disorder, diagnosis or issue. Your path is unique, and understanding the steps that will help you get where you want to go, means understanding landscape of your life.
Issues I work with
Abuse, Anxiety, Bereavement, Career/Work, Depression, Dissociation, Divorce Separation, Obsessive thoughts, Obsessive/Compulsive Tendencies, Parenting, Relationships/Family, Spirituality, Trauma
- Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
- Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
- Relational Psychotherapy
I believe that the two most powerful catalysts for growth are awareness and relationship. While techniques such as dream analysis, hypnosis, relaxation, body-work, focusing, active imagination etc. can at times be helpful - usually by enhancing awareness - the most important therapeutic process, and the center of the way I work, is engaged conversation. I am not trying to suggest that this is another technique, rather, the opposite. Speaking, or not speaking, from as natural, authentic, honest and open a place as possible will help to form the centre from which you grow and heal.
People often ask, "How can 'just talking' help me?"
Words can be very powerful and their affects on us are very real. Imagine how you would feel hearing "You have two months to live." Or "I never loved you. I'm leaving you." Or "You've just won the lottery." Or "You're going to have a baby." In each case, how you feel and how you act would be radically affected.
Now imagine yourself telling someone about a powerful dream you had last night. Or a funny story about something that happened to you the other day. Or the details of a defining moment in your childhood. Or imagine telling someone something you had always been afraid to tell anyone. Each of these 'tellings', these 'words', move us into a different place in ourselves and a different relationship to the one with whom we're speaking. Each telling has a different affect on the person we are with, on how they respond to us, how we feel with them, on how we feel and act after we leave them.
In therapy your listening and speaking have a great deal of potential power. If you are open and courageous, if you push against the envelope of comfort into the deeper layers of honesty, what you say, and how you listen, will start to change you in surprisingly fundamental ways. Your being listened to and spoken to by someone who cares, who is authentically present, who works hard to understand exactly what you are trying to say, and is trained to listen to and speak from the implicit, deeper levels of what is being revealed, will give you the medium in which you can dare to let your own words, and your therapist's understandings of what you are saying, affect you.
Office LocationDupont and Spadina
316 Dupont St.
Toronto, Ontario M6G 2X1