Hello. I know that reaching out to therapists requires courage and time. If there is anything I can do to make this process a bit easier for you, please let me know.
You can ask me anything.
I have been providing therapy to adults for over 8 years. Before creating my own private practice, I worked in hospital, community agency, university counselling centre, and private practice settings under the mentorship of registered psychologists.
I am trained mainly in Cognitive Behavioural, Humanistic, and Psychodynamic therapy models. I draw from other models at times as well, such as Motivational Interviewing and Emotion-Focused Therapy. My approach is ‘integrative’ because I combine techniques from each of these models into the therapy in ways that are most effective for each individual client.
Additionally I am trained in diversity/multicultural counselling, psychological assessment, and professional ethics.
I am capable of treating a variety of issues, so if you aren’t sure if I would be a good fit for you, please contact me to find out.
That said, I have helped many people with Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, Addiction, Stress/Adjustment Issues, Relationship Issues, Work /Academic issues, Self-Esteem, and so on to improve their lives.
What I am Like as a Therapist
I have been described as warm, approachable, and down-to-earth. I work very hard to ensure that as a client you feel heard and accepted. I believe that challenging you to move outside your comfort zone is often necessary for facilitating growth and change. Finally, I care about your sense of progress and your experience of the therapy, so I will encourage us to talk openly about such things as we are working together.
My Training and Therapeutic Orientation
My training is a Master’s Degree in clinical psychology – this kind of psychology focuses on learning about mental disorders (‘psychopathology’) and how to treat them. This means I have extensive training in matching the kind of therapy I provide to your specific symptoms or concern(s). For example, there are specific treatment plans for different kinds of anxiety, for depression, for trauma, relationship issues, and so on. My training allows me to develop useful treatment plans very quickly, which will result in a more effective experience for you as a client.
Additionally, I am trained to focus on developing a strong alliance or relationship with you as the client, meaning one based on 1) the therapist's knowledge and expertise about psychopathology and the therapeutic process, 2) the therapist's accurate empathy and understanding of the client, and 3) the therapist's genuine and nonjudgmental stance. A strong alliance can often be healing in and of itself; it also helps us to engage in the sometimes challenging therapeutic work that is necessary in order for you to experience meaningful improvement. It allows you to trust me enough to guide you outside your comfort zone for a purpose. Building a strong client-therapist alliance or relationship is a skill I have developed through over a decade of training and experience, and one that is essential for all kinds of therapy to be effective.
I do not currently have a waiting list.
I can book a session with you within a week or two of your first contact. My general availability right now is Monday to Wednesday, early morning to late evening, and Thursday early morning to afternoon. I have seen clients as early as 7:30 am and as late as 8:30 pm – I am committed to accommodating your availability.
Currently, I work under the supervision of a member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO), and so my services are covered under ‘psychology’ or ‘psychological services’ in extended health care benefits packages.
What if I have more questions?
Then please contact me. I will be happy to answer them.