Welcome to my site. Here’s a bit about me.
For more than 20 years I have worked in the field of therapy and education with adults, parents, adolescents, and children who are in transition, struggling personally or interpersonally, or have experienced trauma.
I hold my Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology and Dance/Movement Therapy, which I attained in 1995.
I am also a Registered Psychotherapist in good standing with the CRPO.
I take pride in providing an engaging, empathetic, trusting, warm, and supportive environment where my mode of individualized, insightful, and integrative yet pragmatic client-focused therapy is beneficial to all my clients.
Through my years in practice I have learned to integrate the many great tools and techniques in which I have trained so that I may best help my clients. This is where the term 'Interactive Therapist' comes from as it best describes my blend of treatment modalities.
In my counselling with Adults we investigate the patterns and negative habits that may be sabotaging your ability to manage your current difficult situations and to help you better reach your personal potential, in all of your life roles individually, as a partner, as a parent. These issues may be due to hard changes, stuck places, or patterns and habits that just don’t work for you anymore.
At times we may need help being the Best Parent You Want to Be, but at this time find it a large struggle.
With Teens and Children I first ensure that my young clients are comfortable,their worries are heard, and their needs met. With their guidance, specific agreed-upon goals are designed that act as signposts to assess and track treatment progress. This is accomplished with the same integrity as with their adult counterparts.
In my work with young people I believe strongly in the power of involving a supportive parent. When possible, and with the child’s consent, first we explore current hard places and personal responses. We learn specifically tailored techniques and tools to utilize in the various situations they are encountering. Clients are encouraged to invite parent into part of the session. The goal is that the client will "teach" the parent how to be the best support and mentor for them. This includes explaining specific triggers and encouraging and reinforcing the use of newly learned tools and techniques. Helping a young person see a parent as a positive resource both reinforces their connected relationship and provides a platform for the child to be much more successful in moving through this difficult time.
To round out my work, I am a veteran TDSB Centre of Excellence instructor in the Roots of Empathy program, which highlights the building up of children. This in turn creates a platform for them to grow into empathetic, responsible citizens and eventually responsive parents.
I am also a level 3 ASL signer and an active volunteer in Toronto’s deaf community.
For further information about the techniques I integrate, more in-depth definitions, helpful guidelines, and other important information please see FAQ + RESOURCES page.
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