Welcome to my website!
Many of us seek help due to feeling unhappy, conflicted, dissatisfied, anxious and overwhelmed with life. We are often blocked creatively and/or emotionally, and are going through the motions of living with ineffective coping strategies. We cannot stop the mind chatter enough to fall asleep or relax. Feelings of emptiness, loneliness and alienation might overwhelm us. We search for ways to escape this construct we live in, but tend to fall back into repetitive, stuck patterns. Our distress and overwhelming emotions are a wake up call to alter how we function and choices we make in our life.
Within a safe, supportive therapeutic space; focused reflection and awareness are the beginning steps to alter our attitudes, beliefs, historical narratives, thoughts patterns and automatic behaviours. As we develop awareness about what is meaningful to us as individuals, so do we begin to listen more attentively to ourselves.
My goal is to help you make behavioural and emotional changes so that your actions reflect a life that has: more meaning, authentic connections, balance and fullness. Shifting from living according to others' acceptance, fear of judgement, expectations and norms, to become more genuine, more present, directly honest, spontaneous, loving and creative.
I received my Master’s in Clinical Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University and have a graduate degree in Theory and Criticism with a focus in feminist psychoanalytic and trauma theory. I have a BFA from York University in Dance. Prior to my career as a psychotherapist, I was a professional contemporary dancer. Moreover, I have post-graduate training in parent-child psychotherapy, cognitive-behavioural therapy, body-oriented therapy, expressive arts therapy, eating disorders treatment, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and attachment based psychotherapy. I teach a yearly movement-based expressive arts course at Fleming College in Haliburton in the Expressive Arts Therapy Certification program.
My formal education is only part of my therapeutic training. It’s often said that therapists are born, not made. In my case, acquiring formal education has been part of the steps but ongoing professional and intellectual development, ongoing reflection and my own growth is crucial for me to continue to be a compassionate, insightful, educated, and skilled therapist. I believe therapy is a collaborative process, so it is so important to find the right therapist. I would be pleased to answer any questions via phone or email.
My specialties include:
Depression, anxiety, mood disorders, stress, post-traumatic stress, addictions, chronic pain, eating disorders, child and teen therapy, couple therapy, body-centered therapy and expressive arts.
- 408 Queens Ave, London, Ontario, N6B 1X9
- Online counselling for your convenience: Skype or Face Time.
- Individual, Couple and Group Therapy
- Workshops, classes and retreats (www.beyondmovement.org)