Therapist / Counsellor
Office(s): Burlington, Hamilton
Focus: Addictions, Anxiety, Depression, Self-Esteem, Concurrent Disorders (Addictions with Mental Health issues), Family-of-Origin Issues (Unhelpful beliefs and behaviours developed while growing up), Abuse, Anger/Stress Management.
“You can’t always get what you want but if you try sometimes you just might find you get what you need” – Jagger / Richards
It’s the legs which make a chair solid and stable. When one or more of the legs become loose the chair becomes wobbly. In much the same way, I believe a person’s physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellness are the “legs” which make up our lives and sense of identity. When one or more of these “legs” becomes loose or damaged, our lives, like the chair, begin to wobble.
I believe we are all unique, and not one specific skill set or therapy will restore a healthy state of being to everyone. Therefore, my style and approach to counselling is an eclectic one, taking into consideration, and honouring, the uniqueness and capabilities of each client. I am now offering individual counselling for adults and adolescents for such issues as addictions, addictions and mental health issues present together (concurrent disorders), anxiety, depression, self-esteem, unhelpful beliefs and behaviours developed while growing up (family-of-origin issues), abuse, and anger/stress management.
I, too, developed a wobbly leg when I was downsized after 25 years in the financial industry. With time, I saw this as an opportunity to go back to school and start a new career, in mid-life, as a counsellor. I first completed an Addiction Worker program and then went on to achieve a Master of Arts in Counselling. My background enables me to bring a broad collection of life experiences and “tools” into my work, and demonstrates that change, while not always easy and sometimes even harsh, is possible at any stage in life.
Male and female adults and adolescents (16 and older).