The style of therapy I practice is Relational Psychotherapy, a model of counselling that emphasizes the importance of connection and emotional support in attaining emotional well-being.
The relationships we have early in life are our best attempts at connecting with and being nurtured by others. Sometimes however these early relationships did not provide us with all the support we need to feel good about ourselves, to form satisfying relationships with others and feel confident in coping with adversity. Perhaps present-day ruptures in work life, friendships and relationships are also making it hard to cope with life challenges.
A therapeutic environment enables you to identify important self needs and can help you to engage with difficult feelings that might otherwise isolate or overwhelm you. Therapy can help you attain clarity focus and purpose. The working relationship between therapist and client brings to light new possibilities and renewed inner strength.
Some Issues I Work With Include:
Immigration experiences and transnationality
Grief and bereavement
Early adulthood decisions and transitions (e.g. establishing healthy adult relationships and career path)
Past and present trauma
Loss of a loved one to suicide
Chronic mental health issues
I work with Queer and straight couples from all walks of life. As a Relational couple therapist, I explore the reality of your unique relationship and how you each understand it. My goal is for us to better understand the shared and conflicting realities that you each inhabit. Some things may be hard to say to each other and are easier to say in a therapeutic setting. The three of use work together to respectfully uncover what the trouble is and how you can attain a deeper connection together.
Couple therapy is a space where together you can become more aware of how you relate to each other and what the vulnerabilities in your relationship are. Together we learn about each of your life histories, triggers and emotional patterns and work to re-establish trust, healthy communication and intimacy.
I am pleased to offer supervision services to new, emerging and experienced psychotherapists. I completed the necessary training to provide clinical supervision in 2016 and am recognized as a supervisor by CRPO. Therapists who practice relational or humanist psychotherapy may find me to be the best fit.
Throughout the past decade of working in private practice I have also incorporated eclectic elements into my practice including existential, psychodynamic and mindfulness-based approaches.
The world changed so much in 2020. I would not have imagined conducting my entire practice by video and phone but that is exactly what happened in the past year.
I will continue to provide therapy remotely until the pandemic has waned and I anticipate maintaining a robust video practice afterward as well (while very much looking forward to seeing clients in person… eventually!).