Spanning nearly 20 years, I've worked in Children’s Mental Health and Postsecondary sectors where I’ve offered family and individual therapy, accessibility service advocacy and group mental health programming. I currently focus my practice in assisting individuals and couples navigate and grow through experiences of depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship struggles, and life transitions.
I believe that every one of us has the innate capacity to move beyond our repetitive, limiting beliefs and reactions and grow our confidence and skill to chart a more fulfilling path forward.
Using an integrative, client-centered approach, I collaborate with clients to match evidence-based therapy models that best fit with their personality, preferences and needs.
Reaching out for support can be hard.
I strive to provide my clients with a warm, nonjudgmental, and honest environment where new insights and growth can take place.
Some of the therapeutic models that I draw upon in my practice are:
Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is validated by over 30 years of empirical research and approaches human growth and health through the lens of the quality and safety felt in our relationships. Drawing from this attachment based perspective, I support clients in building greater awareness and openness to safely express their needs in their most important relationships.
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy is an evidence-based, body-centered approach that aims to treat the somatic (physical) symptoms of unresolved trauma that are often inaccessible through talk therapy alone. I use specific techniques that are targeted to help clients build skills and internal resources to safely experience bodily sensations associated with a traumatic event(s).
Internal Family Systems Model (IFS) is a scientifically researched model of therapy that I incorporate in my work to help clients learn about, honour and integrate different internal parts that have, at some point in their life, helped them survive and cope with stress and traumas, but are no longer serving them and are often preventing them from reaching their full potential and health.
Mindfulness Self-Compassion Model, based on self-compassion research, is often helpful for clients who have difficulty offering themselves the same kindness, understanding and compassion they otherwise freely offer to others in times of suffering. Self-compassion is a powerful approach to helping us hold awareness for our struggles or failures, while also connecting to our humanness and deservedness to be treated with kindness as we move through painful experiences.
Emotional Freedom Technique is an evidence-based cognitive-somatic intervention, that integrates mindfulness, self-compassion, and gentle self-applied tapping on specific acupressure points to send calming signals to the body’s biological defence reactions (ex., fight, flight, freeze). Only when there is greater safety in the nervous system, can we also access greater capacity to take the important action in the areas of life that we desire change in.
All of us want to be heard, understood, respected and connected to our partner. Couples therapy can help you get there!
I primarily approach my work with couples through the Emotion Focused Therapy https://iceeft.com/what-is-eft/ and the Gottman Method model https://www.gottman.com/about/the-gottman-method/.
Using these research-based approaches, I work with couples who want to:
- understand and better communicate their deeper needs that underlie conflict or distance in the relationship
- reconnect with and strengthen positive feelings, intimacy and a shared vision of their future together, AND
- learn and practice concrete tools to approach conflict more effectively now and in the future.
Contact me at:
658 Danforth Avenue, Suite 301, Toronto, ON
Monday, Thursday, Friday: online appointments
Wednesday, Thursday: In-office appointments
I live and work on the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishinaabe, the Chippewas, the Haudenosaunee, and the Wendat peoples. I acknowledge that this land continues to be home to many First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. I bring decolonization efforts to my life and therapeutic practice.
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