It has always been my deepest passion to understand the human mind and behaviour. As a Clinical Psychologist, in addition to better understanding the individual, I aim to help others to better understand themselves. My doctoral degree in Counselling & Clinical Psychology (University of Toronto) and a post-doctoral fellowship training (Eating Disorders Program, The Ottawa Hospital) have allowed me to delve into the creative facets of clinical psychology as well as the scientific aspect.
Some of my specialities are working with clients who are experiencing relationship issues, grief, alcohol and drug, marital conflict, depression and anxiety, financial, separation and divorce issues . As well I do anger management and domestic violence counselling with both men and women.
Fees are based on a sliding scale according to household income. I also do Employee Assistance counselling and working with Victims of crime.
I strive to offer a therapeutic space that is collaborative and non-judgemental. I balance understanding and accepting clients as they are with promoting positive change. I tailor therapy to clients’ specific needs, working primarily from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Mindfulness-based approaches.
I have completed extensive certificate training in the area of Play Therapy and enjoy working with children and adolescents and their families. For children, play is their natural form of communication. I have also completed training in the area of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy and find working with couples very rewarding.
My practice is influenced by: Client Centered Therapy, Humanistic models, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Mindfulness Techniques, Emotionally Focused Therapies and Play Therapy.
I have experience treating a wide range of concerns including: family of origin issues, grief, loss, anxiety, depression, and addictions – both substance and process addictions such as sexual compulsivity. My graduate and undergraduate studies in neuroscience informs my work, it helps me see how the interaction between psychological, biological, and societal factors impact an individual’s experience and perception of the world.
You deserve a tailored, integrative approach suited to your needs. Together we will build a collaborative, therapeutic relationship to support you in creating the life you want.
Troubled by anxiety and thoughts that cut you off from others? Feeling shut down, confused, or disconnected due to unresolved emotional pain, trauma, or disappointments? I take an active role to engage with clients so we make meaningful progress and restore vitality and self-compassion in a time-efficient manner.
Please see my website for more information or contact me if you want to discuss working together.
I have provided psychotherapy to clients struggling with a variety of concerns including chronic illness (e.g., pain), depression, anxiety disorders, grief, stress, self-esteem, procrastination, assertiveness, and interpersonal difficulties, in a number of different settings including a university counselling centre, hospitals, rehabilitation centres, and outpatient mental health settings.
I use a unique combination of therapeutic practices based on over 25 years of experience in the areas of psychology, holistic health, and meditation. Among the therapies in which I am trained are Hakomi Body-Centered Psychotherapy, Re-Creation of the Self (R-CS), and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP).
These approaches are based in current neuroscience. When our lives feel “stuck”, we are living out unconscious, habitual patterns, using the brain’s out-dated neural pathways formed in childhood. In our work together, we form new neural pathways that result in living a life of choice rather than habit.
Are you having trouble coping with depression, anxiety or worried about your drug and alcohol use, is life overwhelming you? Do you have concerns about your relationships with your partner or family. I create a safe space where we can explore issues at your own pace.
I believe my greatest asset is my ability is to empathize with people, enter into their world and help them feel valued and accepted. Research has shown that the right connection with a therapist who understands and accepts you can be a life changing experience
It is important for me understand and connect with the people I work with. My hope is they would feel heard and experience hope. I believe God has a plan and purpose for everyone, which gives me passion and hope to work with the darkest situations people are facing.
I am passionate about working to help people experience the most this life has to offer. I serve people in the areas of anxiety, depression, grief/loss, identity formation, parenting, and marital/pre-marital.