M.A., Registered Psychotherapist
Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology
— Yorkville University
Graduate Certificate in Concurrent Disorders
— Mohawk College
Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Neuroscience, & Behaviour
— McMaster University
Therapy Style: I like to explore, encourage, and challenge. The goal is for you to no longer need therapy, and to feel confident and secure in your ability to support yourself. There's no immediate pressure to "fix" anything, especially because most people (myself included) walk in the door with the weight of all their high (and often, unrealistic) expectations of themselves. I believe that underneath each problem or concern, there are usually common themes of fear, shame, failure, loss, and uncertainty—and that it can be less intimidating to explore these themes with the non-judgmental support of a therapist. Once we have a strong relationship, however, I will start to challenge you—especially when you try to tear yourself down—and encourage you to lean into the difficult and uncomfortable conversations. That's what makes therapy (with me) different than conversations you would have with friends or family. I also believe that you have the skills and self-knowledge to overcome your difficulties; what may be missing is a supportive and empathetic environment that you can feel safe in.
Models & Therapeutic Approaches: I use a few different models of therapy and cater them to your unique individual needs. My primary approach focuses on balancing two things: fully accepting who we are & what we experience now and changing for the better. Rather than looking at each type of problem or mental health disorder separately, my interventions focus on the underlying processes beneath all kinds of challenges (anxiety, substance use, depression, anger, etc.). The models I pull from include Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), Mindfulness, Polyvagal Theory of Trauma, and Motivational Interviewing.
Trainings & Workshops:
IFS Online Circle— The Internal Family Systems Institute, ongoing
Healing Trauma with Self Compassion— Dr. Gabor Mate & Betsy Polatin, SAND, 2022
Telehealth 101— The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 2020
Telepsychology 101— American Psychological Association, 2020
From Bystander to Ally— San'Yas Indigenous Cultural Safety, 2019
CBT for Frontline Workers— Ian Robertson Therapy and Counseling Services, 2019
Motivational Interview Training— Ian Robertson Therapy and Counseling Services, 2019
Core Training— San'Yas Indigenous Cultural Safety, 2018
Dialectical Behavioural Therapy 4-Day Workshop— By Clinical Design, 2018
Interests & Hobbies: Rain is my favourite thing in the world, dancing is my truest love in life, hiking keeps me refreshed, skateboarding is scary and awesome, puzzles keep me sane, and video games are an ongoing source of joy!