I work with people desiring stronger, deeper and more fulfilling relationships with themselves, and with other people. If you’re struggling to feel well and to live the life you want, you may feel cut off from your core sense of self. You may have faced a rupture in trust, experienced deep loss, or not had the care you needed when you needed it most. You may find yourself locked in unhelpful cycles, caught in upsetting memories from the past, or turning to mindless distractions or harmful comforts. You may long to re-establish emotional intimacy in your life, to understand your own inner world more completely, or to engage life in a way that feels more congruent with who you really are.
If so, welcome. I see you!
At the heart of my practice is the knowledge that we all possess the capacity for inner confidence, clarity, and calm, and that these qualities emerge from the connection we share both inwardly with oneself, and outwardly with other people. When we are able to access these key aspects of human experience, we find what we need to begin crafting the life we really want.
What brought you to the field?
Working as a yoga therapist and seeing clients with various physical and mental health challenges, I started to feel that I could be helping them even more, but I was missing the essential knowledge and experience to do so. Our mind and body are connected, it is hard to argue with that. In addition to an extensive knowledge of human anatomy and physiology, I became passionate about mental health and acquiring new skills to support my clients. A few years ago, being encouraged and inspired by a few friends and clients of mine who work in the mental health field, I applied for my Masters program.
What is your approach like?
I have been drawn to the work of Carl Rogers and his Person-Centred approach to therapy. With every client, I can’t help but feel amazed at how strong the healing power of the therapeutic relationship, empathy, unconditional positive regard, and therapist’s congruence really is. In other words, it is about being there for my client, fully present and compassionate. I sincerely believe that my clients always know better, and that I am there in a privileged position of an ally who walks alongside them on their journey and supports them in figuring things out.
What can someone expect during a session with you?
During counselling sessions, I am committed to supporting my clients in exploring what is troubling them and what could be done to get a sense of relief and develop hope for positive changes. My approach is strength-based and solution-focused. Realizing the uniqueness of every client and every challenge brought to the therapy room, I don’t have agenda for the sessions. I always take it from here and now – how can I be of service to my client today?
What do you bring to your work that is unexpected or unique?
I believe that the most unique thing that I am bringing to my work is myself, a therapist as a tool. I am just a human being, and like most of my clients, I can struggle with relationships, self-care, and stress. As a woman, a daughter, a partner, and an immigrant I can relate to the challenges of taking the first step of acknowledging the need for support and actually reaching out. From the very first session I am committed to being myself, a real and authentic self, and bringing some humour into the sessions.
What is one piece of wisdom that has shaped your life?
Our energy and time are our most valuable assets. It makes sense to spend them on something that matters to us, something that brings us joy, happiness, and a sense of fulfilment.