Difficult life experiences can create the feeling of being “lost” or “stuck”
in our world, and changes our way of being authentic with ourselves and with
others. As a therapist I offer an exploration of this sensation, offering
new/other ways of working towards creating change. The therapy process will help to re/gain the
sense of meaning and purpose in life, with compassion, acceptance, patience and
forgiveness to ourselves and the people in our lives.
The journey, through the therapeutic relationship together, will be an exploration to understand what contributed
to the experience/s that have brought
you to therapy, and then uncover, find,
and add to the strengths, resources, and
skills already within you, while working towards an acceptable solution. Every situation is as unique as you are, and I
will work with you to provide and find a flexible, collaborative approach to help
you attain your needs and goals for therapy.
I am a therapist/counselor who has experience working with clients from
a systems base. This means I work with
families, couples/unions/other relationships, as well as individuals. My
philosophy is based in client strength and empowerment, and is open-minded and diversity
informed. At the core and essence of my practice, is the privilege of working with you to identify the changes you want to make, and support you
in working toward that change.
first therapy sessions are usually devoted to gaining my clients’ trust,
through learning their approach to life, their struggles - both inward and
outward, accomplished by listening to the life stories. This also better equips
me to help clients, as I am highly aware of the diversity of how culture, sexuality,
gender, spiritual preferences, addictions, and social status, along with many
other systems influence people’s lives and psyches. This diversity influences
and shapes the family system we are born into, which in turn informs and forms
us into who we are in the present.
my clients and I will identify unhealthy patterns of thinking, feeling and
behaving and work to transform these so that clients increase their overall
well-being. I believe that a strong, trusting, and comfortable therapeutic relationship
coupled with a compassionate and respectful approach to the work fosters a safe
environment in which to explore difficult topics. It is with this exploration,
that new ways to create change can be found and implemented.
has included the provision of therapy services to families, step-families, blended
families, couples, unions, other relationships, and individuals. Often the
therapy includes challenges with: pre-marriage/union preparation, separation, divorce,
remarriage, parenting, co-parenting, single-parenting,
parent-child conflicts, sexual or emotional affairs, sexual issues, trauma, family
violence, survival of physical or sexual abuse, depression, anxiety,
bereavement, bullying, addictions, chronic illness, spirituality, employment, and
issues of power, gender, or culture/religion.
I have a systems
based clinical training using an integrative therapy approach, using but not
limited to, Emotion-Focused, Narrative, Internal Family Systems, Solution-Focused,
as well as Structural and Strategic Therapy. I am continually upgrading/adding
to my knowledge and experience and if requested, can provide a full list of
formal education, courses, trainings, workshops, and conferences attended.
Some of the
professional affiliations I belong are the American Association of Marriage and
Family Therapists (AAMFT), Manitoba Association of Marriage and Family
Therapists (MAMFT), Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA), International
Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT), Attachment
Network, and Satir Professional Institute of Manitoba. A full list can be provided