HELLO AND WELCOME TO MY WEBSITE.
"When we try to resist feeling something painful, we often protract the very pain we're trying to avoid...sometimes, the heart must break in order to open."
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 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, 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 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 yearly an embodied dance course at Fleming College in Haliburton in the Expressive Arts Therapy Certification program.
My formal education is only part of my psycho-therapeutic training. It’s often said that psychotherapists are born, not made. In my case, acquiring formal education has been part of the steps but ongoing professional development, reflection and my own growth is crucial for me to continue to be a compassionate, insightful, educated, and skilled therapist. Psychotherapy 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.
My values as a person also inform my approach as a psychotherapist and my involvement in the community. To date I am on the board of Academy 12, http://www.twelvecanada.ca/academy12.html/ and involved with arts community groups that promote artists with disabilities, http://tangledarts.org/.
- 408 Queens Ave, London, Ontario, N6B 1X9
- Mount Pleasant Therapy Centre at 1670 Bayview Avenue, Suite 304 in Midtown Toronto M4G 3C2 (1st and 3rd weekend of the month in person)
- Online counselling for your convenience: Skype or Face Time.
- Individual, Couple and Group Psychotherapy
- Workshops, classes and retreats.
- Sliding scale options can be discussed.
- Receipts are given for reimbursement.
- Payment includes: cheque, cash, credit, Pay Pal, and Etransfer.
- Many insurance plans cover my services. Services may be partially or fully covered by your extended health insurance or employee benefits plan. Please check your coverage by asking the following questions:
- Do I have mental health, complementary health coverage?
- What service providers are covered?
- How many sessions per calendar year does my plan cover?
- How much coverage is there per individual in my family?
- Is there a deductible?
- What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
- Is approval/referral required from my primary care physician?
- If you need to cancel your appointment, please call at least 24 hours ahead of your appointment. If you miss a previously scheduled appointment, and you have not notified me in advance, you may be required to pay the full cost of the treatment as booked.