I am passionate about mental health! When feel good about ourselves and able to cope with the challenges occurring in our lives, we have a positive impact on our friends, family members, co-workers and anyone else that we interact with.
My approach to therapy is strengths-based and multi-faceted—drawing on techniques from Narrative Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, Attachment Theory, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. I believe that there is ‘more going right with a person, than wrong’ and that the work we do together is to find and explore the strengths and supports that you already have, as you work on the issues that brought you to therapy.
I use a variety of techniques in therapy, as we work together to discover what will work the best for you. These techniques often include dialogue, cognitive re-framing, awareness/mindfulness exercises, art, journal writing, role plays and recommended reading. I may ask you to consult with your doctor regarding any treatments that could help with your challenges. You have the right to refuse anything that I suggest.
After a career in administration, I returned to school and graduated with an MA in Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy in 2012 from Wilfrid Laurier University. I am a member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (#002501).
I have experience working with individuals, couples and families as they cope with challenges around grief, chronic or terminal illness, relationships, parenting, anxiety, depression, anger management, life transitions and stress.
My specific area of research has been working with individuals who are undergoing palliative care or have been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, along with their partners and families.