I’m so glad you’ve landed on my website.
I am so passionate about the work I do. After 25 years of working in the medical and mental health fields I have seen the potential of the human spirit to rise above and grow through tremendous adversity.
I came to this career because I felt called to it. I met a therapist when I was 15 years old and dealing with a family tragedy. I was lost, confused, scared and did not know how to move forward with my life. It was the compassion of this individual and their ability to help me understand my emotional pain that enabled me to move forward. I knew at a very young age that I wanted to help people the way this individual helped me.
I have a keen interest in developing treatment that is unique to your needs. I tailor an approach that considers your current status, the issues you are dealing with, your goals, how you process information and what your presenting obstacles are. This requires us getting to know one-another well. I am trained in many different modalities of psychotherapy and often move seamlessly between them as the therapy process dictates.
The last ten years I have dedicated myself to specializing in treating complex trauma, including developmental and shock trauma. I have trained in Somatic work, particularly learning how the body holds our story and is a messenger. When we honour the body and listen carefully we can process issues efficiently and effectively. In addition, I have studied and trained in using, Gestalt, Reiki, Healing Touch and Peruvian Shamanism and use these approaches to enhance your experience as you explore your inner self.
Is Psychotherapy Effective?
The effectiveness of therapy is highly dependent on the relationship you build with your therapist. It is critical that you feel comfortable, connected, safe and respected, while at the same time, feel the therapist can challenge you in a way that brings new insights. You also want to trust that your therapist has the ability to teach you new tools and techniques to better cope with your struggles.
The role of therapist can take many different forms during the process of treatment. These roles will depend on the nature of your issues. At times the therapist may be your educator, while at others your motivator and yet again they may be the person that is an active support. The therapist is holding space for you to work through what is causing you distress or discomfort. Through this collaborative process you and the therapist will find ways that will bring relief and positive change.
For Psychotherapy to be effective you want to feel like you can comfortably open yourself up, allow the expression of your true emotions and know that your therapist can compassionately attend to your needs. When this kind of rapport develops you can work through your struggles, gain new insights and manifest the ability to change.
I have extensive training and many years of experience dealing with the complexities of human development, functioning and interaction, but most of all, it is my passion for what I do that has brought me great success in my career. I will support and assist you, challenge you to move beyond your struggles, help you discover solutions and resolve underlying problems, but most importantly I will ensure you feel seen, heard and understood.