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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

A bit about the process. 

Our very first meeting is all about getting to know one another and beginning to establish trust. I will ask questions, learn about you and what has led to your decision to seek counselling support. 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 best results.

Together, you and I will create a plan for our time and set some goals and expectations for our appointments. This part of the process is very adaptable, and looks totally unique for each client. Some clients want to establish very concrete goals while others come in to explore the therapeutic process. Some clients book in as needed when they're struggling in the moment, and others want to come in consistently to do longer term depth and trauma work. 

Counselling sessions are always fluid, addressing in the moment concerns, but also structured, so that we can move closer to goals, get things done, and have you leaving each session with new insights, tools and strategies to implement and experiment with between sessions.


I work with an eclectic approach of a few different theories including:

 

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)

  • Narrative Therapy

  • Mindfulness

  • Attachment Theory

  • Polyvagal Theory 

(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 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 colaboration, 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. 

PERINATAL
Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADS)
 


Parenting Together + Partner Support

Parent-Child Relationship

Reclaiming and Integrating IDENTITY   

 Depression, Anxiety & Mood Disorders

Grief & Loss

Addressing Past Trauma

Traumatic Birth Experience

Recently completed training:

  • Internal Family Systems for Perinatal Populations (in progress) - 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)

  • Maternal Mental Health Certificate Training (Postpartum Support International)

  • Somatic Experiencing Training (Peter Levine - PESI)

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

  • San’yas Cultual 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)

  • Postpartum Topics Training (Doula Canada)

  • 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 alliance is the key factor in successful therapy.
I'm always happy to 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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