We all face different obstacles that challenge the core of who we are. Often, this results in developing protective patterns that are no longer servings us or creating barriers that prevent us from connecting with others and ourselves in the way we desire. I believe we all possess unique strengths that can be uncovered to promote positive change from within. Whether you are facing worry, loss, depression, or change, I am here to support you in discovering ways to challenge maladaptive patterns and break down the walls preventing you from feeling whole again. Sometimes the first step towards wellness is having self-awareness regarding how you are feeling and how you want to be. No human is inevitable to live’s struggles, and I view counselling as the opportunity for space to heal, unburden pain, be genuinely supported, and come back to the person you truly are and wish to be. We are stronger than we know and sometimes require support and compassion in order to be able to reveal this power.
I support clients of all genders, ages, cultural backgrounds, and faiths, and work with individual clients on a one-to-one basis. I bring a client-centred approach and look forward to meeting and accompanying you on your path.
What brought you to the field?
I have always been incredibly passionate about other people and the strength of healing through counselling. My interest in mental health and counselling led me to pursue an undergraduate degree in Psychology and more recently, the Masters of Arts Counselling Psychology Program. My previous work experience includes a long history in the non-profit mental health sector working with adults diagnosed with severe variants of mental health disorders. This has allowed me to recognize the impact that mental health struggles can have on functioning and wellness. Therefore, as a therapist, I strive to work from a trauma-informed lens and provide a non-judgmental environment, in hopes to enhance functioning for clients to regain wellness, no matter what they are experiencing.
What is your approach like?
I work with individuals from a person-centred approach, which I combine with with mindfulness and body-focused. I welcome people of all ages, genders, cultures, and experiences. I believe in holistic ways of healing and tailor my approach to your personal needs and preferences. I wholeheartedly believe that warmth and acceptance provide the basis for healing and growth, and that empathy for others is the cornerstone of love. When I meet a person who is struggling to find this connection, or someone who is having difficulties meeting such needs, I see you. We have all faced hardship that prevent us forming the connections we really want, and blocks that get in the way of us being who we want to be. I’m here to help with both.
What can someone expect during a session with you?
I see understanding who you are, wholly as a person, as essential to success in counselling. In the first couple sessions, we’ll get to know each other and determine where to focus our energy. I will have lots of questions to ask you to help me better understand who you really are. Our work together can include tailored interventions to provide clarity in emotional, mental, relationships, or spiritual/philosophical struggles. Because much of our work happens outside the counselling hour, I can also equip you with skills and techniques to develop between our sessions.
What do you bring to your work that is unexpected or unique?
I try to enjoy each moment of my life and everything that it brings, and bring this spirit to my sessions as well. Even moments of hardship and heartbreak during session offer opportunity for deep appreciation, as these are the points where we are often most alive.
What is one piece of wisdom that has shaped your life?
The soul is greater than anything you’ve ever lost. What we become through the lessons we learn as well as how we show up for ourselves and others genuinely and authentically is what’s important for achieving wellness. I have witnessed frequently the tremendous impact that improved personal well-being can have not just in a person’s life, but in their families and communities. I’m often reminded that our souls have the capacity to withstand as much as the world has to deliver. What we become through the lessons we learn as well as how we show up for ourselves and others genuinely and authentically is what’s important for achieving wellness, whatever that means for us personally.