Counselling & Therapy

I work with individuals to co-create a safe, compassionate and curious space for you to dig deep,

explore the concerns that have led you to seek support, and learn skills and strategies to cope and honour the ebbs and flows of life. I work with humans coming from all backgrounds, identities and orientations.

I support individuals with a wide range of concerns, including:

- anxiety + depression

- relationship challenges

- perfectionism

- high sensitivity

- emotional regulation + emotional well-being

- life transitions, feeling stuck, feeling disconnected

- ADHD

- grief + loss

- trauma

- self-worth, self-esteem + self-criticism 

- stress + burn out

I invite you to schedule a free 15 minute phone consultation with me. This is for us to check in, discuss your intentions for therapy as well as to address any questions you have. If it seems like a good fit, we can book a session together!

On-going sessions look different depending on your goals, needs, interests and intentions. I work in a way that is client-centered and strengths-based, always holding space for you and your journey. I believe that you are the expert in your own life, and I will regularly check in with you about progress, changes and how things are going.

For Children & Youth

Depending on the age and developmental stage of your loved one you are seeking support for, the process may look a little different. Sessions may include a combination of parent/caregiver and child sessions, child only or parent/caregiver only. I pull from Emotion Focused Family Therapy for parent/caregiver coaching. I will work with you to come up with a plan that works for everyone.

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Approaches

Working from a space of curiosity, connection and compassion, we'll work together to better understand the concerns that have led you to reach out. We'll make space for you to land - exactly as you are - and invite all parts, emotions and experiences. This is a space for you to be human and come as you are. 

I use an integrative approach, drawing from the following:

~ internal family systems

~ acceptance & commitment therapy

~ somatic practices ~ mindfulness

~ polyvagal theory

~ self-compassion ~ narrative therapy 

~ cognitive behaviour therapy

~ dialectical behaviour therapy

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Internal Family Systems

Have you ever thought "a part of me wants to do this, and another part feels like it’s holding me back?" IFS is a non-pathologizing, creative, and innovative model of psychotherapy that operates within this framework. IFS provides a pathway for us to focus inwards and get to know the many parts within our internal world. Through the IFS process, we can create space to hold and witness the feelings and experiences of our parts.

Parts can be very helpful as they have important roles to play as we navigate our external environment. At times, parts can over-function to protect young burdened parts, leaving less room for our calm and curious “Self” to fully show up. When Self is in the driver's seat, we are able to see our parts clearly and lead them into their most helpful states.

The goal of IFS is to facilitate a healing conversation between Self and parts, where the hurt and traumatized parts can be unburdened and the protective parts can be led by Self.

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Acceptance & Commitment Therapy

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) encourages folks to embrace their thoughts and feelings rather than fighting or feeling guilty for them. ACT uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies mixed in with commitment and behaviour-change strategies, such as values work, to increase psychological flexibility.

 

The goal of ACT is to create a rich and meaningful life, while accepting the pain that inevitably goes with it. ACT is about taking effective action guided by our deepest values, in which we are fully present and engaged in our lives. 

ACT is a goal oriented and present focused therapy.

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Does this feel like the support you're craving?
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The curious paradox is, just as I accept myself, then I can change.
Carl Jung