Counselling inspired by the science of neuroplasticity
I believe that working from a client-centred, individualized approach is essential in fostering meaningful life change and growth through therapy. I view each client as an expert in their own lives and value and integrate each client’s ideas, preferences, and goals in the therapy process. I practice from a mindfulness-based approach, specifically drawing upon Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). This gentle approach emphasizes the health benefits associated with cultivating deeper awareness in the present moment through grounding, meditative exercises, and mindfulness more generally. My practice is also informed by Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Relational/Interpersonal psychotherapy (therapy through relationship), Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Transpersonal therapy, the Gottman Method of Couple’s Therapy, and neurophysiological research. I practice from a trauma-informed, harm reduction-based approach and have completed Level One Sensorimotor Psychotherapy training based on the teachings of Pat Ogden to further specialize in trauma therapy to help clients address the psychophysiological affects of trauma. I am a Certified KRI Kundalini Yoga instructor and am training to become a Beyond Addiction facilitator with Sat Dharam Kaur and Dr. Gabor Mate.
Above all, my work is inspired by neuroplasticity and the potential it holds for learning and transformation in us all. What that means practically is that I provide education about human behaviour and brain functioning to help clients make sense of their difficulties, understand their origins, and see their challenges from a normalizing, compassionate view. Many clients report finding this information to be very helpful, hopeful, and empowering, as it gives us a roadmap for resolving their issues. Overall, I am continually inspired by this process of transformation I witness in clients each day, which is why I’m passionate and hopeful about the work I do.
I offer services to youth, adults, and couples for short-term or long-term psychotherapy in the following areas:
- Depression, stress, and anxiety
- Addictions, including specialized smoking cessation treatment and process addictions (food, sex, gambling, etc.)
- Acquired brain injury and associated challenges; caregiver fatigue
- Personality and concurrent disorders
- Attention and emotion regulation difficulties
- Relationship issues
- Self-harm and suicidality
- Grief and loss
- Fears, phobias, obsessions, and compulsions
- Disordered eating
- Career and life transitions
- Chronic pain
- Infectious illnesses
- Gender identity and LGBTQ concerns
After working in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side, Victoria’s “Pandora Street” neighbourhood, and Toronto’s Queen West community, I have attained specialized experience in mental health and addictions treatment and harm reduction strategies. I have also done extensive research and practice among adults with acquired brain injuries (ABI). Other areas of specialization include trauma, depression, anxiety, stress, MBCT, and other emotion and attention regulation difficulties, although I have a great deal of experience working with various other mental health concerns and daily life challenges. Having lived and traveled abroad, I am both comfortable and familiar working with individuals of diverse cultural backgrounds. My training includes work in clinical, empirical, educational, and front-line settings with adults and youth.
Working in such intense settings with significant mental health concerns has not only allowed me to cultivate strong clinical skills and knowledge of the field’s most recent advancements, but it has instilled in me a knowingness and hopefulness that change and recovery are possible, even in the most difficult circumstances.
In addition to my experience as an instructor at the undergraduate level, I also facilitate various psychoeducational and therapeutic workshops, such as Mindfulness for ABI, Relapse Prevention Skills for Addiction Recovery, and Stress Management.
I also offer executive coaching, consultation, and educational seminars.
If you are interested, I’d be happy to offer a free initial phone consultation for you to get a sense of whether my approach might be a good fit for you.