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HI, I'M EM
Based in Peterborough, ON
Offers video and telephone sessions
Outdoor, in-nature sessions in local area
Engaging in therapy is a vulnerable step and I work to create a collaborative process that feels empowering for you.
My role is to work with you in creating a strong therapeutic relationship and support you in ways that feel comfortable and safe. We move at your pace. Using person-centered approaches, I recognize that you are the expert of your own experiences.
I offer a non-judgemental and affirming space where you can be (and explore) your authentic self. I approach this work with care. I view our time together as a privilege to be able to support you on your journey and in accomplishing your goals, and I take this very seriously.
As humans, we are always growing and changing, which includes myself as a therapist! I will often ask for your feedback and thoughts on the work we are doing together to collectively determine the best pathway forward.
I view therapy as a deeply collaborative process, where we are working together towards the change you are hoping to see in yourself and in your relationships.
Therapy can look like many things: noticing patterns and/or behaviours that no longer serve you, creating new coping skills, exploring your sexuality or gender, or exploring and processing past experiences. I use an eclectic mix of therapeutic approaches and work closely with clients to determine which approaches work best for them in meeting their goals.
My job is not to have all the answers, but instead to walk alongside you and offer support as you come to the answers yourself.
My practice is grounded in anti-oppressive, trauma-informed, and feminist frameworks. I use an eclectic mix of approaches, including:
Strengths-based and person-centered
Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)
Motivational Interviewing (MI)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
I am always attending new trainings to build on and expand my approaches to better serve my clients.
HOW I CAN HELP
Substance use and addiction-related issues
Exploring gender and sexuality
Creating new coping skills
FIRMLY ROOTED IN SOCIAL JUSTICE & ANTI-OPPRESSION
My approach to counselling is firmly rooted in social justice and anti-oppression. I work from a structural analysis, which recognizes the ways privilege and oppression impacts individuals and their mental wellbeing.
We don’t live in isolation from the structures surrounding us, so it is impossible to separate our struggles from systems of oppression. I believe that therapy must recognize how systemic power and privilege impacts our relationships with ourselves and others.
"I am a queer, disabled person. I have experience working with people of all identities, but I recognize the value in finding a therapist who shares your identities. While we all have different experiences, I believe it can be powerful to work with a therapist who shares a common understanding and experience of marginalization."