My compassionate and creative approach is elemental in building a trusting and supportive relationship. Whether you are coming for short term practical goals or in a more open-ended way, I am committed to collaborating with you, and finding your strengths, creativity and resources to explore the new ways you are changing and help develop skills to move forward to what matters the most to you. Some issues you may be coming are :
Post Traumatic Stress
Sexual & Physical Abuse
Sexuality and Intimacy
Gender & Sexuality
Difficulty with relationships
Obsession & Compulsion
Bereavement and loss
I work with Sue Johnson's EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy) approach using compassion and feeling to tap into the dynamic and pattens of the relationship. Couples may come to improve communication, to better understand each other's perspective on various issues, to approach problems differently, and to work towards a deeper sense of connection in their relationship. I can assist you with a variety of issues:
Conflict and relationship difficulties
Open relationship issues
Life transitions - marriage/partnership/ marriage/separation/divorce
Coping with family member's well-being
Previous trauma histories
Family therapy is helpful when facing an issue, or when the family dynamic feels stuck. Each member may deal with the associated stress differently. I support families with compassion and sensitivity. I introduce tools to help shift the dynamic, to accept each other, to set up boundaries and rebuild the family dynamic to be supportive and more open.
I work with youth ages 12 and up. I approach therapeutic conversations with empathy and openness. I listen carefully to their perspectives, worries and concerns, and create opportunities that enable them to better express and understand their experiences. I encourage them to assert critical thinking skills to consider positive solutions to the challenges they face. I have experience with youth in:
Sadness and depression
Anxiety and nervousness
School difficulties - academic and social
Bereavement & Loss
"Coming out" and/or exploring LGBTTQ identities
Self-Harming and other coping strategies
Obsessions and Compulsions
Sexual & Violent Assault
I draw from Gordon Neufeld’s and Gabor Maté’s approach.
You may be coming to address your anxiety, worry, fear, exhaustion and helplessness. You may feel a lack of boundaries, a loss of your identity, a loss of your own self-care or an unfulfilled sense of your inner world.
You may be coming to learn tools and strategies to help your child develop emotional and intellectual growth or to get out of a dynamic of conflict and high emotions in the home.