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. As a Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner (SEP) I understand the connection of the mind, body and spirit (however you see that) and I will work with you to renegotiate the patterns of your traumas and reconnect you to all of who you are. We start slow and build up your confidence with choices, knowledge and integrating supportive practices in your life. We will think ‘out of the box’ and find a way forward and to feel whole, well and healthy in a way that works for you.
You are the expert of your life, let me help you discover how your past experiences affect you today.
I am a certified Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner which is a body-oriented approach for healing trauma. Our beginning steps will likely 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). 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. I invite you to contact me if you have any questions about how I support your therapeutic process.
My clients describe me as empathetic, caring and supportive. They report that they can say things that they never thought they would be able to say, to anyone, ever. Additionally, they can realize things about themselves, their lives and experiences, in ways they had not thought possible.
Curiosity and Creativity
Curiosity and creativity have helped me learn that there are many ways to achieve an outcome or goal. Exploring the world with photography, art, nature and travel has opened to my mind to other perspectives. For my wellbeing, I integrate many creative outlets as part of my self-nurturing practice. As for nature, I especially love owls.
I graduated from Yorkville University in 2016 with a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology and am a professional member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association and a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.
The mind and body are not separate units, but one integrated system. How we act and what we think, eat, and feel are all related to our health.
~ Bernie Siegle, MD, author of Love, Medicine and Miracles