I work with youth and adults in the areas of trauma, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, life transitions, addiction, relationship communication, existential issues and personal change. I also work with Olympic and high-performance athletes seeking to process and release past traumas that may be impeding their ability to fully maximize their performance potential.
I view my role in the counselling process as a collaborative one. To that end, I believe that you are the most important expert on you. From that place, we work together to help you discover more about who you are and who you want to become.
I help my clients to identify key areas where they desire change, and then support them to gain insight and to develop relevant skill sets so that they can create their own unique path to positive transformation and to achieving their therapeutic goals.
I am a Certified EMDR Practitioner and have also continued my studies with advanced EMDR training.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a highly validated treatment protocol that can help people suffering from the debilitating effects of trauma. Untreated trauma can cause frightening and unpredictable reactions to triggering situations. EMDR can be used to help clients address and transform powerful and unwanted reactions that have developed as a result of painful memories that have been only partially or insufficiently processed. Careful preparation and respect for the client's readiness and comfort levels are an important part of safe and successful EMDR work.
Additionally, where applicable, I support my clients to realize their therapeutic goals with Jungian concepts, Gestalt work, Guided Imagery exercises, Jikiden Reiki, outdoor walking sessions and Lifespan Integration (a gentle way to help release unhelpful defensive strategies arising from unsettling childhood memories through a deep resetting of the mind/body connection so that clients can more readily access age-appropriate responses to current life situations).