Individual Counselling & Psychotherapy Services
I see individual teens and adults (ages 16+) through virtual psychotherapy sessions.
I can see any client residing in Ontario.
Sessions are either 50 minutes ($140 + HST) or 1.5 hours ($210 + HST) in length.
You are not just your thoughts: you are a whole system of the physical, mental, emotional, social, spiritual, and societal spheres of your life.
I bring the body into session: where are you holding tension and strain? What are these sensations trying to tell us? Thinking systemically, which messages have you absorbed that influence your thoughts and patterns? Are your spiritual needs being fulfilled, or can this distress point us to some needs your heart/soul are nudging you to attend to? What is happening in your environment, and what changes can be made to better support your growth and flourishing?
One size does not fit all when it comes to our personal inner worlds. There are many therapeutic approaches I draw from and integrate, depending on the needs of the client. My favourites are Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Humastic Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy, and Existential Therapy.
I am not an expert on your life and your journey. I am a "fellow traveler" beside you, as we navigate that path together. The most important thing for me is that I listen to you: to your worldview, to your values, your goals, your beliefs, your interests, your coping skills, your needs, your passions... You have made it this far, and I know you have the resources inside to move you forward.
Well-being is the goal.
Wellbeing is not just the absence of distress, but the presence of fulfillment, joy, peace, and vitality. True, deep healing is about flourishing - not about putting bandaids on symptoms. Let's look deep down (and around!) at what might be contributing to the roots of distress; and then let's look deep inward again to find what you need to thrive. My goal is to help you feel safe and supported through this process.
What is your anxiety trying to tell you? How was it learned, and what kind of positive & compassionate relationship can we build with it? My approach is this: your anxiety was learned as a positive, protective coping strategy at one point - now it's time to sit down with it and tell it that you appreciate what it is trying to do, but that you are in control now. I primarily focus on ACT (acceptance & mindfulness-based), EFT (sitting with the discomfort of the emotion!), somatic, and trauma-informed approaches when dealing with anxiety.
My approach to depression is holistic in nature. What are the biological/neurological components of your experience? What are the social and environmental components (this is a big one!)? What has changed over time, and what patterns can we see? And, most importantly: how can we look for moments of hope, positivity, and joy and learn to follow & carve out space for these? Employing an existential approach - how can we hold out on our horizon (even through the dark patches) the light of what's meaningful and makes your life worth living.
Self Esteem & Self Worth
The most important commitment I have is to fostering unconditional self-acceptance and self-compassion; we learn too much conditional self-worth, pressure, and shame, when the root of finding true peace with ourselves and our world is to believe we are enough now, just as we are.
What would believing this change for you? I know all too well how we can be pulled away from listening to (and valuing) our needs, and paying attention to that inner compass deep down which always knows the way. We just need the space and permission to listen to it and to its signals.
Relationships & Interpersonal Conflict
Whether in the context of romantic, peer, or familial relationships, I use an emotion-focused and attachment-based lens (EFT) to help you navigate interpersonal dynamic difficulties.
This may be beneficial for those looking to navigate current relationships, as well as for those looking to explore their own personal attachment and relationship patterns outside the context of current bonds.
My practice is actively anti-shame, with a commitment to being sex positive. Using my holistic approach, we examine the broader context surrounding the client's presenting concern, including the client's emotional, social, physical, psychological, and societal experience.
My sex therapy work includes (but is not limited to) talk therapy surrounding following concerns:
General discussions and explorations of client sexual experience
Difficulties and emotional/mental barriers within both personal and partnered sexual experiences
Education around building a healthy and satisfying sex life, as pertaining to the client's lived experience and goals
Sexual trauma, anxieties, and other physical/psychological blockages to a fulfilling sex life and general somatic experience
Sexual difficulties causing client distress, including painful sex, desire disparities, orgasm and arousal difficulties, sex in the context of relationship dynamics, and more
Support for those navigating their sexuality, with a commitment to kink positivity and LGBTQ+ affirmation
Disordered Eating & Body Image Issues
I promote body positivity and self-acceptance, with a strong commitment to forming healthy relationships with food and movement.
I work in line with the client's own goals to provide support for:
Body image difficulties
Food, eating, and health anxieties
Disordered eating, guilt/shame regarding food and bodies, and exploration of the emotional context around food/movement
Binge eating behaviours, restrictive food intake behaviours, orthorexic behaviours, and more
Establishment of positive relationships toward food and movement, including mindful and intuitive eating
Deeper roots of self-esteem struggles, including the client's personal experience as well as examining societal messages around bodies and food
Progress towards balanced living and other health goals, which may include no food rules & detaching morality from food/movement
Connection to life joy and meaning outside of diet, body, and weight
Spiritual & Existential Struggles
To me, spirituality encompasses anything we feel gives our lives meaning, sense, and purpose.
All client religious/spiritual traditions (or lack thereof) are included in this definition, as well as all personal values and belief systems. With my training in Counselling and Spirituality, my number one rule is always to work within the framework of your own beliefs and worldview in order to locate what is meaningful and purposeful in your own life.
I work with those both within and outside of religious/spiritual traditions in order to navigate:
Existential anxieties, including death anxiety
Questions relating to spiritual and existential themes
Values and belief exploration
Questions of meaning and purpose
Navigation of own beliefs both within and outside of spiritual/religious traditions
Spiritual/religious trauma, and more.
Grief & Death
Loss comes in many forms, and grief accompanies any type of loss. Grief may occur at the end of a significant relationship, for example, or can accompany any other type of significant transition or change.
Of course, grief is also prominent when we lose, or anticipate to lose, someone we love.
I provide support for those experiencing grief of all forms. In our session, we will build a safe container of a space where it is "okay to not be okay".
In the middle of a largely death-avoidant culture, it is important to have spaces to speak honestly and openly about death and dying - whether this is about the death/illness of a loved one, or your own end of life experience.
I provide client-driven, holistic, and integrative support for a range of emotional difficulties, including:
Shame & Guilt
Self-Esteem & Self-Worth
And any other general emotional difficulties or situations for which a client would like extra support.
Payment & Fees
Sessions are $140+HST (50 minutes) or $210+HST (1.5 hours)
Fees are able to be paid directly by the client, and are reimbursable by any insurance company which covers Registered Psychotherapy.
I can directly bill the following health insurance companies: Medavie Blue Cross, Greenshield
My services are virtual-only.
I see clients through a secure, HIPPA compliant video conferencing and messaging software called OWL. You can join the session through laptop or phone. You will have your own OWL account and we can book appointments and connect outside of session through OWL secure messaging.
As a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying), I am supervised by an experienced independent practitioner. I consult about client files weekly to ensure you're getting the best care possible. I keep secure, confidential session records through encrypted software.
My services comply with all regulations set forth by the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario and Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, which includes: regular consultation, continuous education, regular supervision, proper client file maintenance, compliance with ethical practice standards, and more.