Life events, traumas, big and small, can really throw you off course and leave a lasting impact. They may affect you at many levels including mentally, emotionally, and physically. These experiences can taint how you perceive yourself and others, negatively impact your relationships and your work, and it can be hard to break away from their hold on you. You might come to realize that you are not living your best life and wish you could feel like yourself again. It would be great to feel resilient and be able to live life more intentionally. And this is exactly what I hope to help you with.
My areas of focus as a Registered Psychotherapist for 15 years include anxiety, depression, challenging life transitions, grief, post-concussion syndrome, post-traumatic stress disorder and complex PTSD, sleep difficulties, relationship issues, and stress management. Since 2007, I have been specializing in treating various forms of trauma, both recent and past, with a broad spectrum of clients including BIPOC and LGTBQ2S+ clients. I believe traumas are a result of events, big or small, that can leave lasting emotional, psychological, physical, and spiritual impacts. We often hear of the 'big' traumas, but every day events such as bullying, childhood neglect, rejection, injuries, or a medical diagnosis can all have a traumatic effect on a person.
In addition to my work in private practice, I worked eight years in the non-profit sector offering psychotherapy to newcomers and vulnerable people. I provided crisis intervention and long-term therapy to individuals suffering from pre and post-migration challenges, transgenerational issues, integration difficulties, discrimination and racism, and PTSD. I offered psychotherapy to victims of war trauma, torture, political persecution, and sexual assault. Working with this clientele and an internationally trained team of clinicians, has helped me develop a global understanding of and a broader approach to treating mental health issues.
I am a psychodynamic, client-centred therapist. I integrate complementary methodologies to offer a personalized approach tailored to each person. With compassion and understanding, I aim to create an inclusive space and work with each individual to help them build on their strengths and address personal life challenges.
I am bilingual and happy to offer therapy in French. When not working you might find me hiking, doing activities with my children, or learning something new.
I hold a Master of Education in Educational Counselling (2008), a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Psychology (2005), and a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry (2003) from the University of Ottawa.
I am a Registered Psychotherapist (RP) and a member in good standing with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. I am a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) and a member in good standing with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. I am also a Certified EMDR Therapist (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing) and a member of EMDR Canada. I am completing my certification in Brainspotting.
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