Services and Unique Therapeutic Approaches

I am trained to work with individuals, couples, groups, families and children in a general counselling practice environment. My techniques range from Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Response-Based Therapy (RBT), Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Brief-Therapy (SFBT), Trauma Informed Practice, Narrative Therapy and Mindfulness Practice. I also strive to adopt inclusive practices in my everyday interactions with clients and community.

Issues that clients often choose to discuss include grief and loss, depression and anxiety, infertility, miscarriage, addictions (including technology, sexual and food), substance abuse, trauma, sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI), gender transition, gender dysphoria and relationship challenges. 

In additional to offering counselling appointments, I am available to present workshops on the topics of:

  • Supporting Families through Pregnancy Loss

  • Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues

  • Sports-Related Anxiety Management for Youth

Infertility Pregnancy Miscarriage

Supporting Families through Pregnancy Loss

Dealing with a pregnancy loss can lead to feeling of sadness, isolation and sometimes anger. Expectant parents may struggle with unanswered questions and find being in the company of expectant parents difficult. These responses are normal. But when  grief starts to create challenges in daily interactions with people or your feelings becoming unmanageable, it is time seek professional support. 

Often the experience partners of women who miscarry is often overlooked. Upon learning of a loss, a partner may turn to support the woman’s need and this may result in a partner’s own grief being downplayed or completely ignored. This can be detrimental to the relationship going forward.

I’m here to support the entire family through the grieving process. By applying a family-centred approach, I will work to ensure your and your partner’s needs are attended to and that you feel supported throughout this difficult time.

SOGI Gender Identity
Gender Dysphoria

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues

My pronouns are She, Her and Hers. I am an ally to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or two-spirited and questioning (LGBT2Q) community and have attended workshops and conferences to help me better understand the issues facing the LGBT2Q community. I know many children, youth and adults who do not identify with their assigned (cis) gender at birth. I am grateful to be a part of the system of support and resources they may need as they work to find their authentic selves.

Some clients who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual or asexual may be struggling to live their lives authentically for a variety of reasons (for example, rejection or lack of acceptance from family or friends, or religious or ethnic communities, or fear of repercussions in their professional life). My goal is to provide you with a trusting and safe environment to explore your concerns and then work with you to achieve your goals.

Photo courtesy of Aaron Wade

Photo courtesy of Aaron Wade

Sports-Related Anxiety Management for Youth

With three boys playing both hockey and lacrosse, I understand all too well the demands on children and youth participating in organized sports. Sport assessments and team selection can often bring an increase in anxiety not just for the player but often the entire family. Feeling nervous and anxious during assessments or other competitive situations is normal. However, when those feelings do not subside, or start to escalate, it is time to seek professional help.  

Knowing when to intervene is key. Does your child have trouble sleeping before important team selection assessments or big games? Do they continue to dwell on not having “made” their desired team? Do they withdraw or show a disinterest in activities they previously enjoyed or continue to respond with anger or frustration long after the assessment process or team selection is over?

I will work with players individually, as well as family members, to ensure strategies are in place before team assessments begin. By being proactive and setting up care plans ahead of time, you will help to alleviate the stress on your player that can surface during assessments and tryouts. Post-selection, if you find your player is unable to manage their disappointment, we can work together to develop healthy ways of coping to make the upcoming season enjoyable and fun.