I am a Registered Psychotherapist and accredited member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO), the Canadian Association of Psychodynamic Therapy (CAPT) and the Canadian Psychotherapy and Counselling Association (CCPA).
I am a graduated from the Ontario Psychotherapy and Counselling Program which has high standards of training and regulation, and all its therapists have a minimum of five years training. I am also Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist (CCTS-I) and a Certified Group Facilitator (TIGS).
I worked as the Psychotherapist and Consultant at Durham College & UOIT Health and Wellness Clinic, where I provided access and early intervention to students with the ability to talk, reach out and focus on overall mental health and well being to create a better future. I currently run my own well established private practice downtown Toronto and in Northumberland County.
I have been involved with training new therapists in Psychotherapy and Counselling, as a Teachers’ Assistant at the Ontario Psychotherapy and Counselling Program where I offered regular seminars, grade papers and weekly assignments.
I specialize in suicidal ideation and am trained in the CAMS preventions model (Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality). It is a therapeutic framework for suicide-specific assessment and treatment of a client’s suicidal risk. I continue to research and present specialty lectures on the Psychodynamics of Suicide both at OPC and within the larger community.
I am also a board member of the Indigenous Circle for Canadian Psychotherapy and Counselling Association. The Indigenous Circle draws on Indigenous ways of knowing, beliefs about health, and traditional healing, and combine these with therapeutic approaches from mainstream mental health care. This approach, also known as “two-eyed seeing”, can help Indigenous people heal from the impact of colonization, as well as mental health issues that can affect everyone. As an active member, I am involved in various projects, initiatives and working groups including; the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association Code of Ethics; the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Woman and Girls Inquiry and Advocacy; the We Matter Campaign Partnership and the Chapters for Reconciliation.
I'm trained in psychodynamic, trauma informed practices, consistent with strength based approaches to recovery, and well-being. I work from a client-centred, culturally sensitive, anti-oppressive and strengths-based perspective, and am a knowledgeable, experienced and affirming practitioner of 2SLGBTQ+ identities.
I am committed to ongoing professional development, attending additional courses, adding specializations and training to continually enhance my skills as a therapist. Over the last ten years, I have continued my own work in both individual and group psychotherapy settings to deepen my self awareness, explore my biases and develop myself as a person.
As part of professional practice I consult regularly with senior clinicians and participate in peer supervision, focusing on individual, families and couple work. In all consultation situations, I present my work in ways that protect the identities of clients.
ISSUES I WORK WITH
Anxiety, Depression, Grief/Loss, 2SLGBTQ+ identities, Relationships/Family, Sexuality and Gender, Suicidal Ideation, Trauma, Spirituality, Existential, disorders of thought, cognition, mood, emotional regulation, perception or memory that may seriously impair the individual’s judgment, insight, behaviour, communication or social functioning…and other struggles and challenges that are unique to you.