I believe that to move our mind and spirit, we need to move our body!
I am one of very few Registered Psychotherapists in Eastern Ontario who offer a body-based approach to healing using Dance and Movement: an innovate yet ancient form of healing. I am passionate about helping clients weave their body’s voice and wisdom into their self-awareness and identity. The principles of Dance/Movement Psychotherapy emphasize that reconnecting body, mind and spirit can resolve problems in living and promote overall health and well-being.
In addition to Dance/Movement Psychotherapy, I incorporate elements of Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy and polyvagal theory into my practice. Combined, these approaches identify and build on client strengths and moments of resistance to the problem-saturated stories we hear and tell about ourselves. Through therapy, these stories are situated within the neurobiological spectrum of threat responses and safety-seeking behaviours. What often emerge from this integrated approach are new perspectives on the past and present, and fresh vistas for the future.
I work with clients living with trauma/Trauma, substance misuse (client or loved one), feelings of anxiety, depression and psychosomatic injuries. I actively engage my clients from a client-led, trauma-informed, anti-oppression and non-judgemental stance. I firmly believe that my clients are the experts of their own lives and that together, we can co-create a path towards better mental health.
I recently graduated with a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology (MACP) from Yorkville University and I am completing my graduate studies in Dance and Movement Therapy (DMT) from the American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA) at the National Centre for Dance Therapy in Montreal. I am supervised by a Registered Psychotherapist and a Board-Certified Dance/Movement Therapist (ADTA). In 2020, I was elected to the Board of the Dance Movement Therapy Association in Canada (DMTAC), which promotes the safe and ethical practice of DMT and proudly supports DMT professionals and their clients across Canada.
I look forward to welcoming you to my practice!
Please visit www.healingsteps.ca for more information on Dance/Movement Psychotherapy.
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