I grew up on a small farm. Humble beginnings have led me to embrace humility in healing. My first healing resource was the earth. I feel that this beginning has guided me to use the wisdom that is inherent in myself, in each of us and in the world to guide me in health. Nature has taught me to bring connection, attunement and authenticity to my life and into the therapy room. It is clear to folks that I am excited about the process of therapy and I love to meet new clients. I enjoy getting my hands dirty in the earth and in people’s stories.
I am a registered Psychotherapist in the province of Ontario and have a Master’s degree in Couple and Family Therapy from the University of Guelph as well as an Undergraduate Degree in Sexuality, Marriage and Family Studies. I have worked in the mental health sector with children and adults of all ages dealing with a number of issues including attachment, trauma, couple and family relationship difficulties and a number of mental health concerns including anxiety, depression, and borderline personality disorder. Because of my background in sexuality I am happy to work with people of all sexual orientations, genders, sexual preferences and relationship configurations.
The feedback I hear from clients is that I am non-judgemental and that they appreciate how 'real' I am. I make it clear that I have absolutely gone through difficulty and I am a fallible human being. In my work I have valued getting to know people at great depth and have often seen clients over years. I like to challenge my clients to meet their goals and strive to balance acceptance with change.
*A note about race and racism. I am a white, settler therapist. Previous therapy wisdom has encouraged us, as a group, to be a-political. But, we now know that that does harm to populations who need us to be clear, to be safe, to be transparent about the work that we have done. I have done a lot of personal work around race and racism, and have a sense of where I need to grow. Holding the space for anger and rage at a system that I benefit from is something I know to be within my capacity. I encourage all potential clients to ask questions of me and all potential therapists about training, comfortability, and social location. Of my 5 sliding scale spots two are now reserved for Indigenous folks and People of Colour.