I came to psychotherapy as a 20 something person and I would like to share my personal experience of years of therapy with you. I experienced such joyous, powerful, and enlightening revelations and reflections over the years but what surprised me the most about therapy, was how powerful the therapeutic alliance that I built with my therapist served my own personal growth. But it was not always easy and let me be totally honest, it could be downright hard. But through my journey, I began to realize that this is the power of therapy, and it has brought me to where I am today.
I now sit on the other side of the chair. You might wonder how this happened?? Well after my Masters in Developmental Psychology at OISE in 2002 and years of specializing in working with families with children with neurodiversity in the Toronto Medical/Hospital system, I decided my experience was much better used in the capacity of an empathic registered psychotherapist in private practice. In 2014, I enrolled in a 5 year Psychodynamic CRPO recognized Program at the Ontario Psychotherapy and Counselling Program (OPC).
I have had a private practice since 2017 and I am currently in the process of training Dash a Fox Red Labrador Retriever as a therapy dog for my practice. I am greatly influenced by the pioneers of psychotherapy: Carl Rogers, Donald Winnicott, John Bowlby and Mary Ainsworth. I have also integrated the work of contemporary therapists into my practice: Christopher Germer and Kristin Neff, Harville Hendrix, Annette Kussin, Esther Perel, and Irvin Yalom.
I am a partner, a mother of two teenage boys, a daughter, an animal lover and a constant learner.
I look forward to learning all about you and building a beautiful therapeutic alliance story as we work together.
As a psychodynamic psychotherapist, I will use the therapeutic relationship to encourage you to be curious about your relationship dynamics outside of the clinical office. Therapy can be a great way to learn about yourself and others.
Attachment Therapy is one of my primary focus of my work with individuals, couples and parents. Learning our attachment styles is about learning the dance of life. Our coming together and coming apart.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Mindful Self-Compassion are approaches I use to explore and understand anxiety because we all experience anxiety slightly different and having a few approaches can be helpful for best fit practices.
2014 - 2019
OPC Ontario Psychotherapy and Counselling Program (OPC)
Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Dipl. Psych Program
2000 - 2002
University of Toronto, OISE
Master of Arts (M.A.)
Developmental and Child Psychology
1993 - 1997
Toronto Metropolitan University (formally Ryerson University)
Honours Bachelor of Arts
Early Child Development Program