As a paramedic, I learned that to maintain my mental health, I needed support. Support, because I realized that I could not make the changes that had to happen, on my own. I had to find the right fit.
This experience offered me a perspective that I had not considered before. Those of us who struggle, are in pain or experience uncomfortable and disorienting physical or psychological symptoms, may not know where to look. It can take time to find the right fit.
When you find the right fit – it all comes together.
As someone who has witnessed many things, lived in many places and has changed careers a few times, I know I am in the right place and being a therapist is the right fit for me. I imagine I know what you are going through, the details of the story will be very different. You are a different person, but I can imagine your experience right now, I have been there.
Sometimes it feels like there are parts of ourselves that are ‘missing’.
My philosophy is that I am a companion on your journey, I will offer different choices, I will support your process and most of all I will not tell you how to feel or think. I understand the connection between the mind and body and how we respond to stress. We will work together to reconnect you with all of who you are. We start slow and build up your confidence with choices, knowledge and integration of supportive practices in your life. We will think ‘out of the box and find a way forward, to feel whole, well and healthy.
My intention is to support clients in the process of achieving the goals they have set for themselves. I provide a space that is safe. You will experience being heard, validated and empathy. Our work together will lay the foundation for you to eventually continue on your journey on your own.
The years of experience I have in the emergency medical field led me to want to integrate the paramedic me with the therapist me.
This is where Somatic Experiencing® (SE™) came in, I am a certified practitioner of SE™. This is a body-oriented approach for working with the uncomfortable symptoms and emotions that feel "out of control" like anxiety and/or depression that can be related to traumatic or overwhelming experiences.
You may find out more about Somatic Experiencing® here.
Our beginning steps will include mindful and compassionate practices, as well as cognitive and narrative (talk) therapies. I am also a student of NeuroAffective Touch® which allows us to "transcend the limitations of talk therapy for healing early emotional and relational wounds" (Dr. Aline Lapierre) find out more here.
NeuroAffective Touch® "addresses "emotional, relational, and developmental deficits that cannot be reached by verbal means alone" (Dr. Aline Lapierre).
We go at your pace, in your own time.
You are the expert in your life, let me help you discover how your past experiences affect you today.
Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University
Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner
NeuroAffective Touch® Informed
Attachment Theory Informed
Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association
Ontario Society of Registered Psychotherapists
College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.
Bernie Siegle, MD, author of Love, Medicine and Miracles