I deeply believe in our innate ability to grow and heal when optimal circumstances for healing are in place.
I deeply believe in our innate ability to grow and heal when optimal circumstances for healing are in place. In my work with each individual client, I strive to provide and foster those conditions within the therapeutic space and the therapeutic relationship. This includes first and foremost my empathic, fully accepting and authentic presence with each client, my intention to always work collaboratively with each person and my honouring of each person’s existing strengths.
I provide counselling to adults (ages 18 and up) who seek counselling support for :
- grief, bereavement, loss
- chronic/terminal illness
- perinatal depression/anxiety/rage
- perinatal loss
- relationship conflicts (with romantic partners, family members, work colleagues, supervisors, etc.)
I am a person-centered therapist. To be person-centered mainly means to me that I see you as the expert of your experience and your struggles. I thrive to provide a safe space for you to share your struggles with me and use tools from various therapeutic approaches to help you move through them.
I’m also a social justice oriented social worker / psychotherapist. I know that safety – the fundamental condition for healing to take place – is not a given for many people who experience micro aggressions, racism and discrimination on a daily basis.
Yet, I can provide some level of safety in my office by acknowledging that I know that the feeling of safety or even just trusting that the feeling of safety can be attained, is not a given for many people. I seek to understand what more I can do – inside our sessions but also outside of them – to shape a space where people can feel like they are being seen and heard and understood to feel safe enough to engage in healing work.
I am also a somatic therapist. I am trained in Somatic Experiencing (SE) which is a body-centered approach to relieve symptoms of stress and trauma. In the work we do together, we work with your nervous system by not only attending to the words you say but to how you are feeling in relation to your body, to the space around you and to me as you as you say the words. We do that in an effort to regulate the nervous system.
Over time, this nervous system regulation will make you see an improvement of whatever was ailing you, e.g. pain, depression, anxiety, insomnia, short temper, outbursts of anger, feeling detached from life, etc.
I look forward to meeting you.
356 Woodroffe Ave., Entrance G/H, Suite 201, Ottawa, ON, K2A 3V6
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