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Clinical Counselling

No issue is too big, too small, or too anything to bring to the counselling process. 


For some people, seeing a new counsellor can cause some anxiety or nervousness. If it's your first time reaching out you might not know what to expect. If you have seen other counsellors before you might feel overwhelmed about needing to tell your story over again to someone new.

 

These feelings are completely normal and it's my job to help you feel comfortable. We'll move at your pace. I am always open to a phone call or introductory email so we can go over things and help you know what to expect before your first appointment. 

Some examples of areas I work with include:

PERINATAL/MATERNAL

MENTAL HEALTH

RELATIONSHIP
SUPPORT

TRAUMA & POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS

IDENTITY &
PERSONAL GROWTH

What to expect. 

Some clients begin by contacting me by email to set up a complimentary phone consultation. This optional first step allows us both to gather some information and to determine if we are a good match to work together. Some clients skip this step and book their first appointment right away. 

In our first meeting I will aim to get to know you (or you and your parter), and what has prompted you to book an appointment. I will take the time to really listen to you and understand your unique needs and concerns. This will allow me to gain insight into your life and how we can work together effectively in our meetings to get the desired results. We will conclude our first appointment by coming up with a general plan of action so that you know what's ahead. I like to make sure that you leave with some kind of new skill or tool to practice and to debrief with me the next time we speak. 

Over the course of the first few sessions, we will map your nervous system and get more familiar with how you move through different states of regulation and dysregulation. We will get curious about your current patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving. We will explore relationship dynamics, your environment, life circumstances, and personal history to gain insight about why things are happening the way they are, and how we can begin to shift things that aren't working well.  

 

As we move through therapy sessions, we will go at your pace and work together to develop new skills and tools, insight, and self-awareness. Counselling sessions are always fluid, addressing immediate concerns or distress, but always keeping in mind the bigger picture, so that you continue to make progress in the areas that brought you into the therapy process. 


I work with an eclectic approach:

 

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

  • Internal Family Systems/ Parts Work (IFS)

  • Attachment Theory

  • Polyvagal Theory 

  • Mindfulness

  • Training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) 

(Ask me about any of these in a consult call!)

 

Attachment Theory and Polyvagal Theory

 

These concepts create a foundation to my approach. After we are born, our survival depends on whether we can seek and maintain proximity and connection with our caregiver(s). This is where our nervous system begins to actively develop in response to co-regulation, seeking reassurance and closeness with our primary caregiver. Babies and toddlers need help from adults to self-regulate and to feel safe. These first relationships form the basis of what will become our "attachment style," serving as templates for all other relationships to come. The dynamics within these early relationships contribute to our patterns of nervous system activation as we grow up and move through life. This is why early life experiences are so important. Therapeutic intervention is one effective way to influence positive change in the engrained patterns we have that are no longer working for us. 

When working with me, you will learn about attachment and get to know your own unique nervous system, and, if applicable, the nervous system of your partner and/or child. Developing this insight and new language enhances the therapy work we will do together, as you develop flexibility and begin to shine a light on whatever problematic patterns we are exploring.

 

You will never be pushed into anything you are not comfortable with. I will always ask for your input and collaboration, respect your wishes, and explain to you what we're doing and why. At the end of the day, it's up to you what we spend our time doing during sessions!

​I take great care to ensure that my services are trauma-informed and culturally sensitive. I am welcoming of all genders and sexual orientations. There is no judgement here. Come as you are. 

Areas I work with include...

PERINATAL
Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADS)
 


Parenting Together + Partner Support

Parent-Child Relationship

Reclaiming and Integrating IDENTITY   

 Depression, Anxiety & Mood Disorders

Grief & Loss

Complex and Acute Trauma
 

Traumatic Birth Experience

Recently completed training:

  • EMDR Foundational Training - Touchstone Institute (in progress)

  • Relational Life Therapy (RLT) Level 1 Couples Therapy Training  (in progress)

  • Internal Family Systems for Perinatal Populations  - Canadian Perinatal Mental Health Trainings

  • CBT for Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADS) Advanced Workshop - McMaster University

  • Comprehensive Inference Based CBT (I-CBT) Training - OCD Training School

  • Narrative Exposure Therapy for Traumatic Perinatal Experiences (Nurturing Mamas Network)

  • Theory and Application : Understanding Trauma in the Perinatal Period - The Touchstone Institute

  • Certified Perinatal Health Professional (PMH-C) with Postpartum Support International

  • Advanced Training in Perinatal Mental Health - Postpartum Support International (PSI)

  • Maternal Mental Health Certificate Training - Postpartum Support International (PSI)

  • Occupational Awareness Training for Therapists: First Responder Trauma - Level 1 - First Responder Health

  • San’yas Cultural Safety Mental Health Training - Provincial Health Services Authority

  • Introduction to Narrative Approaches: Principles Concepts and Practices 

  • Gottman Bringing Baby Home Program Educator Training - The Gottman Institute

  • Perinatal Support Skills & Group Facilitation - Pacific Postpartum Support Society

  • DBT Skills Training with Marsha Linehan - Behavioral Tech Research

  • Gottman Method Couples Therapy, Level 1 Clinical Training - The Gottman Institute

  • PTSD Mental Health 2 day Training - Covenant House

  • 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training - Anand Prakash Ashram, Rishikesh, India

  • Distress Services Training- 30 hours - Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre

Research shows that therapeutic relationship is the key factor in successful therapy.
Let's chat over the phone before we set up our first meeting so you can get a feel for my personality and style of working. If I'm not a fit I am very happy to make some suggestions to help you find the right therapist for you.

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