My greatest joy is helping people to overcome obstacles and view themselves in a new way. There is nothing more rewarding than witnessing someone’s healing and seeing people move toward the life they want. I am in awe every day of the strength and resilience of the human spirit; it is my privilege to be invited to share in my clients’ story.
I have loved working with people since my first co-op in high school serving individuals with severe developmental disabilities. I learned at a young age that all people, regardless of background, experience, success or challenges, are worthy of love, respect, compassion and dignity. It is this belief that provides the foundation of my practice.
As a licensed social worker, I offer an eclectic style of practice drawing on a number of evidence-based modalities including cognitive, behavioural, dialectical and psychodynamic models. My methods draw heavily on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) which incorporates experiential exercises in sessions to help teach skills in memorable ways so that people can begin to use them in their life right away. As my client, our focus will be on opening up to experiences, doing what works and moving toward creating a more meaningful life.
Having specialized in trauma, I utilize EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) where indicated to help people reprocess trauma and change the impact of that trauma on their current functioning. EMDR is an evidence-based practice that is highly effective in reducing the level of distress an individual experiences in relation to their trauma. People with both “big “T” ” and “small “t” ” trauma can benefit from this holistic modality that facilitates the brain’s natural ability to heal itself. For more information on EMDR please refer to the EMDR Canada website.
For more information on ACT look here: Contextualscience.org/about_act