Discover your source of inner confidence & personal fulfillment
Thinking about going to therapy can bring up a lot of fear and worry. There can be some road blocks too – you may feel like you don’t want to talk to a stranger about your problems and you don’t get how it could be helpful. The truth is that all of us face challenges and we can feel pretty lost and confused. This is the time when talking it through with a professional could be most helpful.
The main point of therapy is to have a safe space to speak freely, without worrying about the other person’s feeling or about being judged. The job of the therapist is to ask the important questions that will help you shift a problem. Having worked in health care for 20 years, I am passionate about supporting helpers who are experiencing work-related issues. Working with patients is a privilege but it can take a toll if we don’t understand our triggers and how to process our emotional experiences.
Reach out for a free consult if you are wondering how therapy could help or if it is the right thing for you. It might feel like you are taking a big step into territory that is scary and uncertain. Just know that if it is something you want to explore, there is someone who can hear you out.
EDUCATION & BACKGROUND
I obtained my undergraduate degree at McMaster University in Psychology and graduated from Wilfrid Laurier with a Master of Social Work degree in 2000. I continue to take courses and training to build on my skills.
I have training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Crisis Intervention, Grief Therapy, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Emotion Focused Family Therapy.
I provide trauma-informed care meaning that I recognize the signs and responses to trauma and avoid re-traumatization of clients. In addition, I strive to have understanding about systemic issues that cause trauma for individuals.
I am a certified teacher of the 8 week Mindful Self-Compassion program and the Self-Compassion for Health Care through the Centre for Mindful Self-Compassion.
Therapy is all about creating a safe space where you can speak openly and freely, without fear of judgement. I explore new approaches and techniques to help people and I continuously attend training courses/conferences to keep up with current knowledge and practice. I am in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.