I began my journey of providing support with a single, overriding practice philosophy: "with the right supportive team, symptom relief and improving ones interpersonal functioning is possible". I have been working in the field of human and social services for over 15 years. In that time I have had the honour of working with many individuals, couples, families and groups; each presented with their own unique constellations of mental health challenges. What I have come to understand during my time as a therapist is that mental health is a medical illness rather than a person's fault or personal defect; moreover mental illness is treatable. Regardless if ones need is to identify their pathological functions or to recognize their interpersonal relationships, treatment is available and help is waiting.
I keep up to date with research-supported methodologies and evidence-based treatment modalities. It is my personal belief that sharing current information with clients is empowering and motivates self-efficacy.
Some of my therapeutic approaches include:
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
Family Based Emotion Focused Therapy
Family Based Eating Disorder Therapy
Suicide & Crisis Intervention (safety planning)
Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Solutions Focussed Therapy
& Evidence Based Practices for Children of Divorce
My work is primarily centred around children, adolescents, young adults and families, to which I provide therapy both individually and in groups. Additionally, I specialize in maternal health, providing psychotherapy to perinatal and postpartum women who may have experienced challenges with loss and/or depression.
My areas of specialty and focus include attachment, identity, relationships, life transitions, trauma and loss. Addiitonally, I have worked closely with LGBTQ2 clients in supporting their process of coming into ones sense of self and/or “coming out”.
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