“Courage doesn’t happen when you have all the answers. It happens when you are ready to face the questions you have been avoiding your whole life.”
― Shannon L. Alder
I am a Registered Psychotherapist and Marriage and Family Therapist. I work with individuals, couples and families.
I provide a calm, safe, nurturing environment for you to grow, change and heal. I offer support as you build on your strengths and continue to move forward in your life.
Services I Offer
With You Every Step of the Way
We all desire lives that are filled with meaning, purpose and fulfillment. However, we are often obstructed from such a life because of wounds from our past or fears about our future. In therapy, we have the opportunity to examine these wounds and fears and create the positive transformation we desire in our lives.
Individual counselling is a private and confidential one-on-one discussion between you and your therapist.
My approach is straight-forward and goal-oriented, multi-faceted and collaborative. Anxiety, depression, relationship issues, stress management, difficult family dynamics, work-related stress, Spectrum Disorders and self-esteem struggles.
I work to provide a safe space for you to grow, develop and heal. Whether you hope to discuss concerns or problems that cannot be addressed with the people that are present in your life, or that need to be addressed with the guidance and support of an experienced therapist, I approach my clients with empathy, respect, and without judgement
Couples counselling is a positive step towards strengthening bonds, enhancing communication and trust, and providing space for people to share and explore their thoughts, needs and desires with each other in a safe space. Whether you are looking to address ongoing challenges and negative patterns with your partner, or you and your partner have come up against a new block in your relationship, I am here to support you through the growth and healing process as a couple. You will have an opportunity to express your concerns as well as learn relational, communication and conflict resolution skills. You will learn how to overcome problematic relationship patterns, to address and overcome past hurts and to work towards achieving a happier, and more fulfilling relationship
With a background in Family Systems Theory, my approach is holistic and multi-faceted, looking at each individual as part of a whole, and each whole family as a sum of its individual parts. Family therapy involves the participation of various family members. You will develop a deeper understanding of each other, learn how to properly address individual challenges that impact the entire family, learn more effective ways to problem solve and communicate with each other, and achieve an overall improvement in family and parent-child dynamics.
Few things in life can prepare you for the love, pain, excitement, and terror that comes with having a baby and becoming parents. Pregnancy and birth experiences can be wonderful, shocking, beautiful, and traumatic. Add hormonal changes, as well as sleep deprivation, and you may be finding this new stage of your life very challenging. Other issues such as postpartum mood disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, and relationship discord, can further create stress for new parents.
I provide a safe space for you to work through and gain support in your feelings of love, fear, guilt, sadness and vulnerability during this amazing but very fragile time in the life of new parents. Feel free to bring your baby and breastfeed in the comfort of my office.
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