I am a Registered Social Worker who relies on tools from psychotherapy to support individuals and families who are stuck or struggling to resolve issues that are keeping them from a joyful, rewarding life. I have had a long career in education as a secondary school teacher, including work in alternative schools and work with international, newcomer and refugee students and families. In my 20 years in education, I have been most curious about social justice, equity, community advocacy and social change. The thing I loved most about being a teacher were the relationships I developed with students and colleagues and the privilege of being able to advocate for and support people along their journeys. I am a passionate reader, overthinker and lover of libraries, bookstores, movies, and fine art. My curiosity about the human condition and my desire to grow and find more ease and joy led me to mindfulness, meditation, and spiritual thinkers across traditions that have helped me along the way.
I have received education and training in a holistic, strengths-based, attachment and trauma-informed practice with a focus on bridging western evidence-based neuroscience and ancient, traditional ways of healing. My experience has been that work with the thoughts and the mind can be very helpful; however, “mental work” can yield limited results if a person has not yet considered their physical, emotional, and spiritual wellness. My approach to therapy is to act as a witness and guide to your journey and to help you ask good questions, clarify problems, and write new stories about your life. I draw from my experience in arts-based creative work, narrative and emotion-focussed therapy to help you understand yourself and your challenges in new ways. In my experience, if someone is ready to engage in therapy, it is one of the most rewarding acts of self-care that a person can engage in. I would be honoured to spend this sacred time with you and help to make it as safe, useful, and transformative (and maybe even as fun) as possible.
If you’re a little unsure about how therapy can help you, I can assure you that at the very least, you will feel heard, seen, safe and supported during our sessions. As Kate Bowler writes, “there is no cure for being human” and the one thing I know for sure is that suffering that is shared with another becomes easier to bear.