I am honored by every client who chooses to share their life with me. You may seek therapy to get support through a life transition or because you are struggling with more chronic issues. Coming to therapy is your opportunity to take control of your response to difficulties in your life.
Because therapy is the one place where it’s ok to say anything out loud and to speak your mind freely, you can discover and access your inner resources. It’s the place where you can challenge yourself and sometimes even your family, to live in a new way, one that transforms your doubts, fears, and traumas into hope, courage, and resilience.
Sessions are present-focused, meaning that we focus on improving your current experience of life and look into the past only for understanding and to process unresolved grief or hurt. Often our unresolved issues are at the root of feeling stressed, “stuck,” or unhappy. Through processing and moving on from the past, you begin to feel more connected to your body and become more accepting of yourself and others.
I enjoy building a relationship which is genuine, empathetic, and positive for my clients. It is through a supportive relationship that healing begins and therapeutic results are delivered. My therapeutic approach is collaborative, relaxed, and validating, so sessions resemble a conversation – not a traditional doctor/patient visit.
Beyond that, working from a cognitive-behavioral basis allows me to make timely, intelligent adaptations as we work together. I bring variations and techniques like Play-based CBT, Trauma-focused CBT for families, DBT, brief solution-focused therapy, and Collaborative Problem-Solving. I also like to use technology such as journaling and meditation apps, amongst others.
Depending on the client, it may be beneficial to start treatment using Direct Neurofeedback. This tool stimulates stuck neural pathways in your brain with a low electrical signal and prompts it to reorganize its electric activity. This process is shown to optimize brain function and improve symptoms of mental illness and/or emotional distress. Furthermore, Direct Neurofeedback enhances neuroplasticity and eases the application of new coping behaviours and processing emotional pain. These benefits make the process of talk therapy possible and less challenging.
I work with: children, youth and their families, and adults.
Who present with:
- ADD/ADHD, LDs,
- Trauma & Stress Disorders (such as PTSD)
- Anxiety & Mood Disorders (such as GAD, OCD, Post-partum depression, Bipolar)
- Borderline Personality Disorder
- Anger Management
- Substance Abuse and Process Addictions,
- Eating Disorders
- Family and Relationship Issues (such as sibling rivalry, teen-parent issues, family of origin)
- Grief and Loss
- Life Transitions (such as divorce or immigration)
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
And are looking to (for example):
- Improve their coping ability
- Increase their confidence in their ability to parent a gifted child
- Increase consistency in parenting style
- Improve family dynamic and increase tolerance to frustration
- Reduce anxiety and improved self-esteem and confidence
- Stronger parent-child, increase mutual trust
- Heal from loss or trauma
- Recover from depression
- Maintain sobriety in the face of stress
- Eliminate self-harming urges and behaviours
Making the decision to come to therapy can feel quite daunting. On one hand, you are hopeful about the prospect of change. On the other hand, you may feel as though your problems are insurmountable, and may be nervous about opening up to someone you don’t know.