I work with a wide variety of concerns, including depression, anxiety, grief and loss, trauma, and phase of life adjustments. I have a special interest in working with individuals, couples, and other relationship systems on issues related to sexual health and function, intimacy, compulsive/problematic sexual behavior, sexual trauma recovery, and gender identity exploration and/or gender transition support. I am affirming and knowledgeable of LGBTQ+, poly/ENM, and kink identities.
Each of us has a Story worth knowing. Our life stories are full of triumphs and tragedies, and everything in between. Our stories are meant for great care, that is, we are meant to have compassionate witnesses at every moment of our joy, heartache, or shame throughout our lives. The presence of another kindly contending on our behalf changes us. Our own presence kindly contending for our own heart changes us. Kindness changes us.
Executives, lawyers, doctors, and high-achievers in all professions can, paradoxically, feel at a loss when faced with emotional conflicts or personal difficulties. My professional background in law, business, and psychotherapy gives me the credentials and skills required to assist you in understanding and resolving issues that may prove problematic in your professional or personal life.
I have a Master of Therapeutic Counselling and I graduated from the one of the leading psychotherapy training institutions in North America--The Centre for Training in Psychotherapy (www.ctp.net), Toronto, Ontario.
I am a gentle, warm, supportive, deeply attuned therapist who has more than twenty years of experience helping people with depression, self-criticism, shame, stigma, anxiety, trauma, inter-personal injuries and losses, feeling stuck, and loss of meaning and sense of direction in life.
Have you ever tried to explain your feelings, but ended up being misunderstood or brushed aside? Or maybe you’ve sought help in the past but have struggled to connect with someone who saw you as a list of problems rather than as a person. Whether you are a student, have a job, or are still trying to figure out where you are going, it is important to recognize your journey is unique and the challenges you face aren’t always simple.
I have been working in the clinical field for 12 years and have extensive experience working with adult and adolescent clients, helping them deal with issues such as: anxiety, complex trauma, addiction, depression, postpartum depression, and family/relationship issues. I employ an integrative approach to psychotherapy, utilizing techniques from Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT). As well as Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT-C) for Couples.
The focus of my work with clients seeks to answer three fundamental questions: (a) What direction do I want or need to shift my life towards? (b) What actions can I start taking to make this a reality? (c) What has or is blocking me from achieving this? Exploring these questions helps us understand if we are living in line with our values, how we view or treat ourselves, how we treat others, career ambitions, and overall lifestyle desires. The process of connecting with the parts of ourselves that influence our feelings, desires and ambitions can be elusive, fascinating, and deeply rewarding work.
For over a decade I have practiced in a variety of clinical settings including community treatment and hospital settings, specializing in the areas of depression, anxiety, substance use, and gambling. In particular, I have worked with transitional aged youth and adults from diverse backgrounds experiencing a broad spectrum of substance use and mental health challenges.
As an individual therapist practicing at the Centre for Psychology and Emotional Health, I adopt a warm, collaborative, and strengths-based approach that will encourage you to draw from the wisdom of your unique life experiences to make deep and lasting improvements in your overall well-being, relationship functioning, motivation, health, and resilience. I provide evidence-based treatments, including Emotion Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy. I am currently completing the final stages of my PhD in Clinical Psychology and Graduate Diploma in Health Psychology at York University.
Do you feel disconnected from yourself and those around you? Do you feel like there's more to life than what you're living? Busy schedules and daily routines make it difficult for us to get to know who we truly are and reconnect to the things that were once important. My work with clients often explores relationships, finding meaning and purpose, life transitions, femininity, overcoming anxiety, cultivating authentic self-expression, and developing intuition and confidence. I work with you to deepen your relationship with yourself and reconnect to what you desire most so you can reclaim your power and live a meaningful life.
I work with clients experiencing a range of difficulties, including anxiety (e.g., social anxiety, generalized anxiety, panic), depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), psychosis, complex trauma, low self-worth, relationship difficulties, perfectionism, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), overwhelming emotions, life stressors, and self-stigma. I have developed a particular interest in working with clients who endured interpersonal traumas and who experience difficulties rooted in shame and self-criticism.
Are you overwhelmed by your emotions, old experiences, or the patterns reoccurring in your life? You might be dealing with a difficult transition, a personal crisis, or a deep loss. Whatever you’re struggling with, I work to help you self-regulate, integrate memory, and cope in different ways. My practice is trauma-informed, intersectional, and honours varied ways of knowing.
I have experience working with clients across a variety of issues including challenges with: anxiety, panic, depression, trauma, life transitions, relationships, anger, grief, identity, and emotion regulation. I have worked within hospital and counselling centres, including Sunnybrook Hospital’s Thompson Anxiety Disorders Centre, the York University Psychology Clinic (YUPC), and the Ryerson University Counselling Centre, where I did individual and group therapy for those struggling with complex psychological and emotional issues.
Talk to a therapist's therapist! Whether you've struggled to make progress in therapy before, or whether this is your first time, when you work with me you can have confidence that you are in expert hands. Stuck in a bad relationship cycle? Unable to move forward with your life? Lack meaning, purpose, or direction? I treat depression and anxiety by understanding them as symptoms of deeper, core issues. I do not offer band-aid solutions: Instead, by building and maintaining a trusting therapeutic relationship, we take the time needed to work on lasting change and deep, profound relief. Contact me today to begin investing in yourself!
As a psychologist, I work with change. Change may involve shifts in awareness, attitude, behaviour, goals, acceptance, or coping strategies that will enhance your quality of life and well-being. Many obstacles can prevent us from living a satisfying life. These could be a history of trauma, invalidating relationships, habits that no longer serve us, or environments that may hinder our psychological growth. I can help you identify obstacles to your quality of life, develop strategies to tackle them, and set goals to increase and maintain your well-being.
You enjoy new challenges, exploring and finding your way in the world, maybe even pushing the boundaries, to explore and to expand your horizons. And yet, right now, you may feel overwhelmed and struggle to see your own worth. Perhaps you see the same patterns in your life happen over and over again. Though, you set out to establish new boundaries, before your know it, you find yourself feeling overextended. You may not know what it is, but something is weighing you down, something doesn’t feel quite right. The rest of your journey does not have to continue like this!
Our emotions and body sensations offer us important insights into what is working or not in our lives. Paying attention to our thought patterns and the messages we receive from our body/mind helps us to direct our lives to increasing happiness, calm, and fulfillment. It can be difficult to do this on our own, especially at times of feeling a loss of control or intense distress and confusion. A therapist can be a healing mirror and the relationship can provide a safe connection in order to explore life issues together.
I work with both individuals and couples that are seeking to restore balance, to connect and to bring meaning to their lives and their relationships in the face of life's questions and challenges. Within my practice I use a range of integrative techniques as understood through the lens of Psychodynamic Therapy and Mindfulness.
Are you feeling alone, struggling with your thoughts, fears, and unhappiness? Trying to ignore your emotional pain, feeling little control over your life, relationships, or career? I am a Canadian-trained, qualified, culturally- sensitive Psychologist with many years of experience helping people overcome similar difficulties. Every challenging situation also presents possibilities for taking better charge of your circumstances and feeling better about yourself. I rely on scientifically valid approaches and recognized assessment tools and can help you to develop a personal, practical and effective plan to address your unique situation and needs.
I am a registered Clinical and Health Psychologist at the Centre for Psychology and Emotional Health. I received my PhD at the University of Toronto and recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University Health Network (UHN) in cancer survivorship. I have a special interest in supporting men and women facing challenges coping with a life-threatening illness. I am compassionate, caring and available. I am dedicated to building upon my clients' strengths, while empowering them to make meaningful change. I approach psychotherapy as a collaborative partnership in which we work together to achieve your life goals.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in Yorkville, Toronto are psychologists, licensed counselors, therapists, psychotherapists, and licensed clinical social workers, all of whom diagnose mental health conditions and provide individualized treatment.
Services offered, education and credentials vary by type of mental health professional. Each professional in Yorkville, Toronto then may specialize in certain areas, such as depression, marriage counseling, or anxiety. Although many mental health providers are not licensed to prescribe medication, they may coordinate with a provider who can.
Both in-person and online therapy sessions are available from most psychologists.
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What method of therapy is right for me?
When it comes to treatment methods, there's no 'right way.’ Each method of therapy can be beneficial for a variety of issues. Psychologists in Yorkville, Toronto specialize in therapeutic approaches such as CBT, EMDR, and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), among others. Finding a psychologist or therapist who is a good fit for you is the most important step to discovering what type of therapy, or combination of therapeutic approaches, will meet your individual needs. Learn what to expect from different types of therapy and how they work.
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