I trained as a Child Psychotherapist at the Tavistock Clinic in London, U.K., an intensive 4-year course with both theoretical work and practical internships, and has her certificate as a qualified Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist. She is a member of the Canadian Association of Psychoanalytic Child Psychotherapists, #1219. She has also trained to work with adults, and is a member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW), #778380.
I believes that counseling and psychotherapy can help people cope better with past trauma (personal, family, and cultural), with current trauma, grief, and loss, and with issues of everyday life, including parenting, self-esteem, caring for aging parents, and relationship issues. Sometimes a good friend or family member can help you find solutions to your distress, and provide comfort and nurturing, but sometimes you need the help of a professional, who can act like “wildnerness guide” as you explore the depths and peaks of your inner world. I use an eclectic approach, combining narrative therapy, cognitive-behavioural and mindfulness work, methods effective in recovery from trauma, psychodynamic insights (e.g. ways past experience impinge on the present), play therapy with children, and other relevant techniques. Usually, it is the non-judgmental yet structured relationship of trust between therapist and client that helps the work move forward — and helps you become more able to face the past, enjoy the present, and look to the future with confidence.
I look forward to working together with you.
Testimony from a 4-year-old boy: “When there were monsters, we couldn’t talk about them. But now that there are no monsters, we can talk about them.” This is the essence of therapy: we cannot undo the monsters and traumas of the past or present, but we can make them bearable to think and talk about, help you find better ways to overcome them and find workable solutions, and take away their power over your mind and heart — loosen the grip of their “terrible claws and gnashing teeth,” in Maurice Sendak’s words.
At present I work with Homewood Human Solutions in their Employee and Family Assistance Program, and also work privately. I have a sliding fee scale for private work. Please contact me through the Contact form on this website. Important Notice: I will be retiring from this practice at the end of June, 2018, so will only be taking on new clients who would like to do some short-term work. I will be glad to refer you to some of my colleagues if you are looking for longer, more intensive therapy.