I believe that wellness is more than the absence of disease. It involves the wholeness and interconnectedness of our mind, body, emotions, and spirit. As someone who has learned to thrive with a significant mental health issue, I am passionate about creating healing, transformation, and lasting wellness in the lives of my clients. Respect, empathy, collaboration, and empowerment guide all of my interactions.
I have over 20 years experience teaching and counselling in community settings. I have over 12 years of clinical expertise treating a variety of mental health concerns, addictions, trauma, weight management, and body image issues. In addition to talk therapy, I use therapies that go beyond the 5% of our decision making that is our conscious mind to support you to repattern your subconscious for lasting wellbeing.
Some of the the therapies that I may use, depending on your challenges and preferences, are Counselling and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, EMDR, Internal Family Systems (IFS) Inspired Therapy, Body Based (Somatic) Therapies, Mindfulness and Meditation, and Self-Compassion.
I continually improve my knowledge and skills by taking professional trainings to support you with leading edge integrative therapies that tend to achieve outstanding results. I have taken many additional trainings in EMDR and trauma, mental health and wellbeing. I have two yoga teaching certificates and a qigong teacher training certification and utilize other body based (Somatic) therapies. You will see me with my two dogs, Princess and Mocha, who will double as "co-therapists" in session.
Organizations that I belong to include:
The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers
The Ontario Association of Social Workers