As a therapist, I value collaboration as one of the most important pillars of a therapeutic relationship and how vital it is to the work we will be doing together to create and produce your desired outcomes of health and wellness. I am genuine, empathetic and believe in the importance of unconditional positive regard, qualities which derive from Humanistic or Client Centered-Therapy. Through my years of education and practical experience, I have developed a therapeutic practice that I am proud of and I am honoured to be sharing this experience with others. I primarily work from an Attachment based framework. As we connect further I would be happy to discuss with you what this means in our work together.
“ALONE WE CAN DO SO LITTLE; TOGETHER WE CAN DO SO MUCH” - Helen Keller
My academic journey, from CEGEP (Montreal born and bred) through to completing a Master of Social Work degree, has been demanding but extremely memorable. I can't say that I always knew what I wanted to be when I grew up but what I can tell you is that my learnings have been monumental in shaping me as a woman and as a therapist. To read more about my education and training please click here.
“EDUCATING THE MIND WITHOUT EDUCATING THE HEART IS NO EDUCATION AT ALL" - Aristotle
Over the past decade, I have engaged in very challenging and diverse professional experiences. I have worked with adults struggling with addiction, mental health concerns, alzheimers, trauma, grief, loss, domestic violence, affair recovery, sexuality, gender identity, women/families who are pregnant and parenting.
Early on in my career I found myself on a path working towards a specialization in addiction. I began working with those who were substance involved. Eventually I transitioned to a specialization in working with family and friends trying to support a loved one who is substance involved. To read more about the work I do in addictions and mental health please click here.
My adventurous side brought me to China (p. 12) to practice international social work while completing my MSW degree. Here I stepped out of my comfort zone and worked with youth (a population I had no experience with) in a high school struggling with mental health, sexuality, familial issues and bullying.
What I hope this information tells you is not only about the kinds of versatile work I have accomplished in my career but more so about the valuable lessons learned while working with such resilient individuals. Lessons such as: to love and accept oneself; to master ones own physical, cognitive and emotional limitations; to appreciate both painful and joyous moments; to overcome great pain; to acknowledged the pain one has caused others and to forgive - these are just some of the greatest learnings clients have passed along to me over the years. To read more about my professional work experiences please view my Linkedin profile for more information.
"LIFE IS ABOUT BEING A VERSATILE ATHLETE AND TRAINING IN ALL REALMS OF LIFE" - Ray Lewis
Aside from working a lot, I do make time for self-care. I believe in the health benefits that arise from engaging in leisure activities, not only because of personal experience but because of my undergraduate degree in Therapeutic Recreation.
I am a lover of many things! I travel the world whenever I can because of it's beauty and the wisdom acquired when learning about the way other people live. I have developed a yoga practice that has helped me to create a deep connection between my mind, body and soul. So much so that I am trained as a Yoga Teacher in the hopes that I can one day incorporate yoga into my clinical work with clients.
I adore all animals, especially my own pup who gets me outside and active. I also love to cook and can get lost in my kitchen for hours; cooking helps me to relax and brings out my creativity. I believe in the philosophy that leisure help us decrease stress, reduce boredom, learn new skills and find balance amidst the chaos of everyday life - but it also teaches people about who we are and what we value.
"SOMETIMES YOU JUST NEED TO DISCONNECT AND ENJOY YOUR OWN COMPANY" - Daily Dose
I welcome any questions or feedback and I hope to hear from you, should you decide that I might be a good fit for the kind of work you set out to accomplish. Please feel free to contact me if you would like to set up a free 20 minute phone consultation, an appointment or to discuss the services I offer.