I work with people seeking clarity, calm and confidence in themselves, and their connections with other people. If you’re struggling to find peace in your life, you may feel chronically unwell, and disconnected from your core sense of self. You might find yourself relying on unfulfilling coping strategies, or caught in patterns that lead you back to the same point, again and again. You might find yourself clutched by painful memories from the past, or gripped by endless worrying about the future. You may have experienced tumultuous relationships, or struggled to find people who care about you in the ways you want to be cared for. You may long to fulfill your vision of a happy life, bringing completion to old chapters, and beginning to write fresh new ones.
At the heart of my practice is the knowledge that we all inherently possess what we need to be well. Whether you’re looking to uncover a more nuanced understanding of your inner self, develop tools for meaningful and lasting change, or simply to be heard and appreciated by another person – I’m here with you! Working together, we can make space for you to explore and make sense of your distinctive experience, at the pace that is right for you.
What brought you to the field?
I came into this field because I have always had a propensity to reach out to others and utilize my interpersonal skills to help those in need. Becoming a counsellor was part of a long journey. I understand what it feels like to go through dark, seemingly hopeless times. Through my own healing, I found my calling, to follow my passion-helping people.
What is your approach like?
I use an integrative therapy approach. This means I combine the insights and tools from various therapies in an adaptive way for each client. Every person is unique, and integrative counselling allows for and acknowledges these differences. Therapy is therefore individualized for each client. We are all made up of different psychological parts and emotions, which don’t always work together in the way we would like. Integrative counselling focuses on aligning these different, competing or opposing parts of ourselves in a full and rounded way. I commonly use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), and Positive Psychotherapy.
What can someone expect during a session with you?
During sessions, I offer a warm, accepting environment for you to share whatever is going on in your life as we find ways to restore your sense of peace and direction. I focus more on one’s internal resourcefulness and strengths and less on failures and weaknesses. Such a focus establishes a more positive mindset that helps one build on their best qualities, find their strengths, and change their worldview to one that is more positive.
I have found that my clients who know their strengths and use them frequently tend to feel happier, have better self-esteem, and are more likely to accomplish their goals. In addition, the strength-based approach that I often use identifies constraints that might hold back an individual’s growth. These constraints might be social, personal, or cultural issues.
What do you bring to your work that is unexpected or unique?
I like to incorporate humour and fun into our sessions together. I believe therapy can be about experiencing all emotions – the hopeful, the free, the enjoyable, and processing and giving space for the challenging emotions; the hurt, the anger, the fears, the grief and the sadness.
What is one piece of wisdom that has shaped your life?
"The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change"e; – Carl Rogers