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Therapeutic Approach

Clients I Work With

I work with teens and adults who are struggling to feel whole and balanced in their lives.  Our symptoms of imbalance are  also indicators of our survival instincts and our strengths.  These often present as dysfunction until we can work together to understand them better as the protectors that they are.  Here are some examples:
  • anxiety and depression

  • body shame

  • self-harm

  • disordered eating

  • perfectionism

  • mood disorders

  • suicidal ideation

  • relationship challenges

  • disruptions in sexual health

  • chronic pain

  • obsessions and compulsions

  • blockages in vitality

  • challenges with autonomy

  • blockages in creativity

Modalities I Use

I practice from an existential, relational, and neuro-biological framework of understanding the human experience, and I take an integrative approach informed by: Emotionally-focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems Therapy, The Hakomi Method, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Somatic (body-informed) Therapy.  For more information about these modalities, please visit the Helpful Links page or book a free 20 minute consultation with me to discuss how these modalities can support your healing.

My Approach to Therapy

My approach to therapy is rooted in the principle that the mind, emotions, and body work collaboratively to survive our experiences and express our needs. Sometimes, because of our strong instinct to survive, we can find it hard to stop, listen and address areas where we may be stuck. In therapy, I will support your ability to notice and make sense of your human experience and your needs. We will work together, at your pace, to explore your concerns, heal the parts of you that have been wounded, and integrate them back home to the self.

My therapeutic style is compassion-focused and includes a strong connection to the body and its messages. I take a client-centred approach to healing. Together, we can integrate a variety of practices into your therapeutic journey, including mindful awareness, breath, visualization, creativity, writing, embodiment, movement and nature connection. My approach is always trauma-informed and respectful of your unique lived experience. Our work together will be experiential and focused on helping you understand your own personal processes and your relationship to them.

In working with me you can expect to spend our first five to ten sessions developing a relationship based on trust so that we can safely begin to explore what is burdening you.  I am looking forward to working with you and supporting you as you do the work to heal, build, integrate and grow.

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