I believe strongly in the mind-body connection, the importance of understanding what drives our behaviours, the patterns of thought and action we have developed over time, and how these underlying, sometimes unconscious beliefs, can serve us or keep us stuck.
I specialize in helping adolescents, adults and families working through trauma, addiction, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, body image, relationship issues, attachment, codependency, identity work, grief, loss, and life transitions. I’ve worked with individuals and families in crisis, professional men and women self-medicating with substances, those who have experienced grief and loss of a loved one, and trauma survivors, including those who have experienced a mass shooting.
My therapy framework includes Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Trauma-Informed practices, Somatic therapy, Satir Family Therapy, and Relational Therapy. In addition to my clinical training in psychotherapy, I’m a registered yoga teacher and will integrate evidence-based therapies, including both traditional talk therapy and experiential practices to create a personalized treatment plan based on your specific goals, values and personality.
My experience includes working at Pine River Institute in Shelburne, Ontario, a nationally recognized live-in treatment centre and outdoor leadership experience for youth ages 13 to 19. Pine River helps adolescents and their families struggling with addictive behaviours and other mental health issues. While living in Nashville, Tennessee I worked at Onsite Workshops, an internationally recognized facility offering therapeutic services to individuals and groups, both in short and long-term programs, specializing in trauma and addictions; and Journey Pure – Centre for Professional Women, a live-in program treating co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders.
I believe the therapeutic relationship is where the healing begins and strive to create a safe space, and genuine connection where you can be seen, heard and understood. I recognize the vulnerability and courage this work takes, and am committed to earning your trust, and creating an environment where you can show up exactly as you are.
What led me to therapy? I was a semi-professional ballet dancer, a banker in capital markets, and I tried on many different hats in search of finding myself. It took hard work and vulnerability to ask for help, look at my past and process some of my lived experiences to reconnect with who I was underneath my performance and my mask. My hope in working together is to offer help, hope and healing; to help you uncover your own truth, find your voice, and work through individual and family dynamics, past challenges, or future concerns that may have you feeling disconnected from your confident, authentic self.
I completed my Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counselling at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, have a Bachelor’s degree in Finance at Dalhousie University and I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, being outdoors and practicing yoga.
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