“Paradoxically, the more we try to change ourselves, the more we prevent change from occurring. On the other hand, the more we allow ourselves to fully experience who we are, the greater the possibility of change” -Laurence Heller
I believe everyone can benefit from a safe space in which we can be accepted as we are, without judgement. The attuned presence of a compassionate, validating supporter, whether working through painful memories or dealing with current stress, creates a different experience than going through it alone. Often our patterns, symptoms or behaviours can be understood as habitual protective mechanisms that may have served us well at one time. In recognizing this we can learn to understand ourselves with greater self-compassion and shift towards change.
Developing new ways of coping and relating to ourselves and others can bring lasting benefits and prepare us for new phases of life. I support individuals with challenges such as depression, anxiety, life changes, trauma, childhood emotional neglect, grief, stress, perinatal and parenting concerns.
In practice, I take a trauma-informed, person-centered approach grounded in attachment theory. To develop an individualized and collaborative plan with you I may draw from a variety of methods including CFT (Compassion Focused Therapy), ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), CBT and Schema therapy, as well as EFT (Emotion Focused Therapy) and NARM (Neuroaffective relational model). I am neurodiversity affirmative and LGBTQA2S+ allied. I am currently completing my Masters in Counseling Psychology and working under the supervision of Yena Bi, M.Ed., R.P.
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