My approach includes blending Eastern and Western somatic modalities with cognitive and trans-personal counselling psychology. With a strong focus on mindfulness, this process allows you to become aware of your thoughts, feelings, and sensations and how they manifest in your body. Somatic psychotherapy differs from traditional psychotherapy in that it explores and relies on the wisdom of the mind-body-spirit connection as a powerful gateway for healing, expanding awareness, and developing resilience.
I have over ten years of experience working with Complex PTSD, OCD, BPD, and other mental health issues. I specialize in helping people to redefine trauma, viewing it as incidents fostering beliefs, feelings and ways of being in the world which unless challenged, continue to drive our thoughts, feelings, behaviours.
My clinical approach is strongly rooted in attachment theory. This orientation provides me with an understanding of clients’ emotional needs, how they cope with these needs alone and within their closest relationships. I use techniques from a variety of different evidence-based therapeutic approaches to address client concerns.
My past academic research in psychotherapy guides my assessment of how clients progress through therapy. I engage in regular consultations with other eating disorder professionals, and I am an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology at Mount Allison University.
Life can be challenging, whether planned or unexpected. Trauma and loss can sometimes be overwhelming as we learn to navigate those life stressors. Careers and relationships can require attention and children are learning their way in this world. In working with an individual, couple or family, I offer an approach that values your experiences and strengths while supporting you to develop new skills and empower change. Making that first call demonstrates that you are motivated to make a change and that is an act of courage.