What do you need to know about me?
I am a sister, friend, daughter and mother of an amazing almost 13 year-old.
It’s all of these things, and a breadth of life experience that make me the type of therapist I am.
An Individual Approach
As I have said to my son, "Sometimes, in this world, it is hard to be a human – especially if you want to be the best version of yourself possible. And if life is a journey complete with difficulties, why should we have to face them alone?"
I work with clients on an array of issues, but closest to my heart are depression, anxiety, grief and loss. I can relate to them all, and I think this experience brings value to my work with clients.
A Family Focus
Life doesn’t always turn out the way we expect: I’ve been there. Separation, divorce, reconciliation - all of these life developments have an impact - not just on you, but on your kids. As a parent I understand that supporting your kids is your top priority and how daunting it can be to feel that you lack the skills. I can help.
I have a passion for supporting kids - and I believe in a collaborative approach to working through life’s challenges. I may know about therapy, but all kids are experts on what it’s like to be themselves. And with support, parents are their kids’ best resources.
My sweet spot is adolescence: particularly kids 13 - 17. When dealing with issues including anxiety, depression or self-harm, I work with kids and their parents in a collaborative way - looking at the whole ecosystem of the family, and helping you face life’s challenges and opportunities: together.
That’s my pledge: to walk beside my clients and support them as they explore the people that they truly are and the lives they want to live. Life can be a challenge, but I have learned that I don’t have to navigate it alone. None of us do.
Have questions? Please contact me and we’ll chat.
Gestalt Therapy is a relationship-based, client-centered approach to psychotherapy.
Instead of a more hierarchal, top-down approach (ie. the therapist as ‘expert’), therapist and client co-create the relationship together. We focus on the ‘here and now’ and try to understand what is happening in the moment, rather than getting stuck in perceptions of what might be, based on previous experiences.
Focusing on self-awareness, Gestalt therapy is particularly helpful in addressing issues like anxiety, depression, self-esteem, grief, loss and relationship difficulties. Taking a creative, body-centric approach, Gestalt techniques can be used in combination with body work, dance, art, drama, and other creative therapies that fit.
Through the Gestalt process, we will work to bring negative thought patterns and behaviours into awareness as a way to unblock realizations of true self-awareness and happiness.
What to expect:
We'll see if we click.
While we all may have the skills, ‘fit’ is something equally important – and totally unique. I want to ensure that all my clients have the chance to get to know me – my style, the way I work – before committing to therapy. That’s why I offer an introductory 30-minute consultation.
I make it affordable.
I believe that payment shouldn’t be a barrier to therapy. After the 30-minute consultation, my standard fee is $125.00 per session. Some private/employer insurance carriers are now accepting claims, but please check with your provider. And feel free to contact me with any questions.
Where we can meet.
My home office is located in Scarborough at Victoria Park & Kingston Road; I also have meeting space at Spadina & Bloor. In the case of some long-distance clients Skype is a viable option. I am happy to come to you, or you can come to me. Whatever works best.
The fine print.
I totally understand that things come up: life happens. If you find you need to cancel a session, no problem, but I require at least 24 hours notice for cancellations. If cancelling with less than 24 hours notice, I expect clients to pay the full session fee. To cancel, please drop me a line: firstname.lastname@example.org or give me a quick call 647-668-2567. Thanks!