My Approach

I view psychotherapy as an individualized, collaborative process.  My approach is holistic: I consider all aspects of an individual (e.g. thoughts, emotions, physical sensations), one's relationship with self and others, and incorporate strengths and resilience.

The therapeutic relationship is a central component in psychotherapy and this relationship plays a key role in the healing process.  I approach client concerns with compassion, empathy, and curiosity.  While my approach is direct, I am respectful of client readiness and this guides the pace of our work together.

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (SP), EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (TF-CBT) are the primary models used when working with trauma, attachment and developmental issues. I also draw on research about the impact of psychological trauma on the brain.  If you are interested in reading more about trauma and the developing brain, read my interview with York University's Trauma and Mental Health Report.   Additionally, I have completed the Basic Training of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) and increasingly blended EMDR with other models in my practice.

An accomplished cognitive behavioural (CBT) therapist, I have been providing therapy for groups and individuals (adults and youth) with this model for two decades.  Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is the treatment of choice for anxiety and depression.  CBT focuses on the relationships between thoughts, feelings and behaviour, and attempts to identify patterns of thinking that can get people stuck.  

Other treatment models that I employ include narrative therapy, brief-solution focused methods, expressive arts and play therapy techniques, and Adlerian therapy.   With all models that I use in therapy, I apply a trauma-informed approach.  My practices are culturally sensitive and consider the lens of gender.  One of my assets as an experienced clinician is the ability to recognize strengths and interests so that  appropriate treatment approach(es) can be applied.  Also, I appreciate the importance of remaining genuine while working with you knowing that the therapeutic relationship is an important part of the healing process generally, and crucial when working with trauma.