Welcome! I run a private practice offering professional Counselling, Psychotherapy, Coaching, and Mindfulness services. How often do we stop to ask ourselves what we need in this moment or evaluate what underlies our pain?
My practice centres on empowering one's True Self. I work with clients to help them heal from experiences and negative limiting beliefs, to grow mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
It is in a place of connection and congruence we realize the conditioned beliefs we have grown up with are the very things causing us pain and anxiety. When we can let go of conditioned thinking and remove ourselves from the collective consciousness, we see Truth manifest in our experience. It is in this place that we heal, that we grow, that we expand.
The goal of therapy is to empower you to grow in your self-awareness. This process is designed to help you to develop tools to face your struggles and to help you bring healing through connection with your Higher Self.
The goal of counselling is to help you improve your mental, emotional and physical health while encouraging positive relationships with yourself, others and the larger community. The building of a trusting and comfortable relationship between the client(s) and therapist is vital. As therapy may cover topics of distress, I encourage questions and comments regarding the counselling process along your journey.
Our focus is to help individuals heal, grow and expand, to become aware of their inner strengths and reach for their goals. We achieve this by providing a safe space to explore your concerns, and customizing a treatment plan to meet your unique needs.
Benefits of Therapy
Counselling occurs through building a trusting and empowering relationship between the client(s) and therapist. Through this relationship, this process can help us gain a new understanding of our problems and develop new coping strategies that improve our mental, emotional and physical health.
Risks of therapy
Though there are many potential benefits to therapy, please understand that success is not guaranteed. The counselling process may evoke strong feelings and memories, bringing possible changes in awareness that may alter one’s perceptions and ways of relating to others. Sometimes clients will feel worse before they feel better. Please understand that therapy is a process. Always discuss any concerns that arise with your counsellor.
All our services strive to help people improve their emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual well-being by promoting positive relationships with themselves, others and the larger community. Despite their similarities, however, each service is different, and it is important to know what you are seeking.
Psychotherapy and counselling are helping modalities that recognize that you, as the client, are the export of your life. In the sessions we may address difficult experiences, thoughts and feelings. Bringing up struggles and facing them can often make us feel worse before we feel better. The therapeutic relationship is key in providing support and encouragement as we challenge limiting beliefs in a compassionate and safe atmosphere. Through this therapeutic relationship, clients develop understanding and skills to practice in their day-to-day lives.
Psychotherapy is a regulated practice covered by most insurances, where counselling is not regulated and generally not covered.
Life coaching helps to clarify your goals, identify the obstacles holding you back, and guides you in coming up with strategies to overcome each obstacle. Life coaches will address your blocks but do not utilize psychotherapy skills to work through them. Life coaches help you make the most of your strengths by targeting your unique skills and building on those. Life coaches provide the support you need to achieve long-lasting change.
Life coaching is not a regulated profession and is thus generally not covered by insurance.
For information about the differences between psychologists, psychiatrists and registered psychotherapists, please see the Ontario Mental Health Practitioners comparison chart on our information downloads page.
Everyone is different and there is no guarantee that counselling will help. However, when you feel comfortable with your therapist and the treatment approaches you participate in, there is a very good chance that you will see improvement. Together we work to develop trust so you feel comfortable with the process of counselling and open to the gains that can come from it.
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Most individual sessions are an hour long. This includes 50 minutes of meeting time and 10 minutes to complete charting.
Couples sessions can range from an hour to an hour and a half. Children's sessions may be shorter if an hour session is too long. These variations in time need to be discussed with your therapist.
With Life Coaching, you can buy packages for a set number of sessions. Counselling and psychotherapy, however, do not have a set number of sessions, and that is for a reason. Every person's experiences, needs and goals are unique, and so is their counselling process. When we have our initial session, we can discuss your goals for therapy, establishing a plan for our work together.
My approach is very person-centred, meaning that I believe you are the export of your experience. It is not my place to tell you what is best for you and your growth but to explore what has worked for you in the past and help you gain avenues of growth that fit your journey.
I do not believe anyone fits neatly in a box, and thus no one approach neatly addresses every issue. Instead of focusing on one theory, I bring a range of resources to our session, and you decide what feels like the best fit for you. There are several approaches I like to draw from, specifically Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Gestalt, and existential theories such as shadow work and transcendental schema processing. Solution-Focused, Positive Psychology and Cognitive-Behavioural (CBT) are great when we only have a few sessions to address specific issues. For those who want to go deeper into spiritual principles, we can use the Enneagram, and take a deeper dive into shadow work to explore the True Self.
Throughout the therapeutic process, your goals and feedback help to establish what theories and modalities we use. I ask that you express when you resonate with a modality or feel something is not working. This feedback will ensure we maintain a path of growth on our journey together.
Some clients love the idea of homework, while others do not. I provide my clients with resources to access between sessions and ask them to journal about issues throughout their week that we can discuss in session. Together we explore specific activities for you to work on between sessions to enhance your progress. Anything I provide for "homework" is a recommendation and not a requirement.
As is the case with most things in life, you will get out of therapy the amount of work you put in. The more work you do between sessions, the more we will have to explore, and the more progress you can make.
I do not prescribe medication as this is outside my scope of practice. I can, however, discuss the pros and cons of medication, help with brining this concern to your doctor, and work with you to monitor how you feel the medication is or is not working for you.
Assessments help to identify areas of concern for building a therapeutic plan and track therapy progress. I refer clients to my GreenSpace Health account to complete most assessments. There are also some assessments that we may do together in session, for example, the Enneagram questionnaire, if we decide to use this tool to help understand patterns, core beliefs, etc.
Please note that I do not provide clinical assessments or psycho-educational assessments. Should we feel that one of these assessments is necessary, I would refer you to a psychologist for this service.
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Each client may request a free initial consultation. This is not a therapy session, but rather a chance to meet and get a feel for the online video system.
During this consultation, we discuss all fees and policies as we decide if we are a good fit to work together.
Why do we call our price list an investment instead of a cost? By definition, cost is just an expenditure of money, time, or resources while an investment is an expenditure that is sent out because it has a possibility of a return. We say investment instead of cost because you are not simply expending resources, you are investing in yourself, your health and wellbeing.