I provide counselling and psychotherapy to individuals facing challenges such as low self-worth, anxiety, depression, life transitions, anger, grief, existential crisis, past trauma, and relationship difficulties. I offer a safe, confidential, and kind space for you to explore your inner landscape, gain insights, construct meaning, and live with mindfulness.
My goal is to help you move towards living the life you value. This is done through gaining insights, recognizing unhelpful patterns, learning to contain difficult emotions, and committing to behavioural changes. We learn to be firmly rooted in compassion as we embark on this path of growth. The short video below is a helpful illustration of what psychotherapy is.
Let everything happen to you
Beauty and terror
Just keep going
No feeling is final
― Rainer Maria Rilke
Clarity comes from stillness just as confusion comes from chaos. Instead of looking for stillness, look from stillness; instead of listening for silence, listen from silence. Through cultivating mindful compassion toward the most difficult emotions within ourselves, we begin to heal. Compassion means working with, not struggling against; approaching life as an experience to be had, not as a problem to be solved. This is the foundation upon which I build my approach in therapy.
I have a Master's Degree in Counselling from the University of Ottawa. I am a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO).
Psychotherapy sessions are $160/50min. My service is covered by some extended health plans. As coverage varies among providers, please check directly with yours to see if you are covered for psychotherapy or counselling with a Registered Psychotherapist belonging to the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO).
If you are an Ontario resident, you can claim the cost of non-reimbursed psychotherapy services as a medical expense on your income tax return.
I accept payment by e-transfer or credit card.
We are not broken, just stuck. Sometimes the way we cope with emotional wounds, anxieties, and fears may in fact be detrimental to us, leaving us trapped by the same patterns in life. I depart from an attachment and trauma-informed, strength-based perspective and place an emphasis on emotional regulation, experiential integration, and behavioural change.
We approach the presenting concern from four directions, each one augmenting the others. While some therapeutic modalities have a singular focus, I believe stable long-term change is more likely to occur when we broaden our perspective.
First, we develop helpful coping strategies, for example, creating and maintaining healthy routines, nurturing internal and external resources. Second, we explore and untangle roots of the concern, this is important for promoting long-term change. Without this step, coping strategies are merely temporary fixes. Third, we develop top-down processing skills. This is when we harness our cognitive ability to regulate emotions by sending signals from the brain down to the body. Lastly, we learn bottom-up processing skills. This is when we tap into our bodies' ability to regulate emotions by sending signals from the body up to the brain.
You may feel discouraged by the task of tackling your problems, especially if they have been around for years. But thanks to neuroplasticity, you can teach an old brain new tricks. Neuroplasticity refers to the brain's potential to reorganize its physical structure by creating new neural pathways to adapt to change. There is a saying in neuroscience: neurons that fire together wire together. When you work on a new behaviour, you are laying down new paths in your brain. Profound changes can occur as you continue walking on these new paths.
This Too Shall Pass
Finding the right therapist is important, as a strong therapeutic bond is essential for effective therapy. This process takes research, patience, and intuition. Your research and patience has taken you here, the next step is to check in with your intuition. I encourage you to set up a conversation with me over the phone if you are considering me as your therapist, as that will give us a sense of how well we work together.
If you would like to begin working with me, you may:
Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.
301 Metcalfe Street