Starting therapy can feel like a daunting process, but I am here to support you throughout this journey. I am a warm and welcoming person with a skill for putting people at ease. Whether you are looking to explore the impact of past traumas, focus on the ‘here and now’ or develop more self-acceptance, I am here to help. I work with individuals experiencing a wide variety of issues and challenges. I spend much of my time working with people struggling with distress, shame, difficult life transitions, relationship issues, addictions and mental health diagnoses. I am a strong believer in the power of the therapeutic relationship and feel honoured to work collaboratively with people as they move towards greater well-being.
As a therapist, my focus is to support you to achieve your own goals at a pace you are comfortable with. I do this by using an integrative approach informed by several therapeutic modalities including: person-centred and psychodynamic practice, cognitive behavioural therapy, dialectical behavioural therapy and mindfulness techniques. In our work together, I will be continuously guided by your needs, preferences and priorities and respect the self-knowledge you bring. I strongly believe each person has the capacity for self-understanding, personal growth and change. By providing an empathetic and exploratory environment I will guide you to find the answers within.
Background and Training:
Since graduating with a Masters in Social Work from Glasgow Caledonian University (Scotland), I have completed certificate programs in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Adler Institute), Sex Therapy (University of Guelph), Psychodynamic Therapy (Centred Self), Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (Centre for Mindfulness Studies) and am currently completing my certificate in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (University of Toronto).
I find an eclectic approach, wherein I combine elements from different frameworks, can be very helpful when clients are feeling ‘stuck’ or struggling to feel a sense of progress. Who I work with Much of my time is spent working with individuals experiencing mental ill health, addictions and/or compulsive behaviours. However I do not specify a particular client group or population as I am happy to work with everyone.
As a social worker, anti-oppressive principles are key to my practice, I have extensive experience working with individuals and communities who experience systemic oppression and discrimination including LGBTQI2SA+, BIPOC and Neurodiverse communities.
In previous roles I have also worked collaboratively with individuals in psychiatric wards, the court system and residential rehabs, as well as those experiencing homelessness. Throughout all of my professional roles, I have always felt privileged to witness the strength and resilience of the human spirit. I love my work and find real purpose from building meaningful and therapeutic relationships.
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