I have been working in the field of mental health for 10 years and hold a Master’s in Social Work from York University as well as completing many training courses and certifications in therapy (see ‘my approach’ section for more details).
I chose to practise therapy because I love connecting with people, helping them discover their own strengths and wisdom, and collaborating with them to come up with creative and effective ways they can improve their lives. I have learned a great deal from my clients and I bring this expertise to the counseling room. I am also a self-confessed therapy nerd: I read about new techniques and applications in my spare time and regularly attend training and workshops. So, I have developed a good repertoire of knowledge of different approaches and techniques to help you along your journey.
Over the past 10 years I have worked in many clinical mental health settings: a hospital, residential mental health treatment centre, walk-in counseling clinic, people’s homes and office settings. I have primarily worked with young people (ages 6-26) and their families but have also worked extensively with adults.
I value authenticity and this is what you get when working with me. I like to find humour in things and look at things from new perspectives in my life. I recently embarked on the wild ride of parenthood and am the parent to an adorable toddler (admittedly I am biased). In my spare time I am involved in an initiative advocating for racial equality. Social justice is important to me – it is why I got into social work and therapy. I believe that supporting people so they can participate in their own lives according to their hopes and values allows them to better participate in their communities and the world. Idealistic, perhaps. But true.
I think that it is important that you feel comfortable with your therapist and if that means knowing a bit more about me, just ask!