Sarnia, Peterborough and Remote Across Ontario | EST. 2017
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Based in Sarnia, ON
Offers in-person, online, one-on-one, couples, family, children (9 and up), and trauma therapy
Daytime and limited evening availability
Registered with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario - Independent Practitioner
People come to therapy to explore vulnerable emotions and experiences and that can be an intimidating and uncomfortable experience. I strive to ensure you feel in control, comfortable and validated throughout the therapeutic process.
As a therapist, I cannot create the changes you need. I can, however, invite you into a process that may spark change to allow you to achieve your goals.
Therapy is your process.
I view myself more like a hardware store. I can give you the tools, the instructions and the support, however, it is up to you to do the building.
I start every therapeutic relationship with letting people know, I am here to meet you where you are at, not the other way around. I work to ensure your experience in my office is a safe space free of judgement. I work for clients to feel heard and included in the therapeutic process.
My training comes from studying my Masters of marriage and family therapy. I have worked with couples, families and individuals in private practice and community agencies. I practice sensorimotor psychotherapy, which is a body-based therapy model. I also provide Attachment EMDR.
I use The Integrative Trauma and Attachment Treatment Model which promotes healing and integration of trauma and attachment dysregulation. I incorporate art therapy techniques to hold space while allowing clients to express and process experiences through medias outside of verbal language such as drawing.
With my clients, I explore your desired states with current concerns. We’ll explore where you are right now, and where you would like to be. Through exploring current vs. desired states, we can illustrate if you are open and motivated toward change.
Sometimes we are not all ready for change, and that’s okay. In that case, I work with you to sit with and explore where you are currently, what is it like for you there, and what might happen when you are ready for change down the road.
I am only the training wheels; you need to be responsible to keep pedaling when you no longer need the extra balance.
Senior Therapist, Manager
Training: EMDR Basic Training, with Laura Parnell
Kids EMDR and Family Therapy Training with Deb Wesselman
Comprehensive Resource Model with Lisa Schwarz
Trauma and Attachment Training, Gottman Level 1, Gottman Institute
Treating Trauma and Affairs, Gottman Institute
Emotionally Focused Therapy
Play Therapy Courses & Ongoing Professional Consultation
Trauma and Dissociation
I LIKE TO TAKE A PERSONAL APPROACH
Therapy can be an intimidating and scary process to begin. I fully acknowledge how uncomfortable and unnerving it can be to go to a new place and talk to someone you don’t know.
I always strive to be transparent with my clients; I am not perfect and sometimes I don’t handle situations all that well.
Even as a therapist, my communication and problem solving isn’t perfect. I want you to know, I also have challenges, and even I forget to practice the tools and strategies I show others. We are all human, and all we can do is give ourselves compassion and work to grow and repair when we react in ways we’re working to move away from.
SOME WAYS I CAN HELP
Allow the development of new perspectives
Increasing and expanding on understanding of current concerns, moving toward helpful, desired understandings.
Process traumatic memories
Repair attachment injuries and support developing secure attachment
Develop positive coping skills
Psycho-education and resources to increase understanding of concerns and experiences
Parenting tools and strategies
Developing emotional communication
Increasing body mind connection
Increasing understanding between parent and child
Decreasing conflict patterns in relationships
*Not every therapeutic approach will work for every person. Therapeutic benefits cannot be guaranteed. I use my understanding of a variety of therapy models and listen to your needs then work to tailor a custom approach to support working toward assisting you with present concerns.