Real Life Therapy
A collaborative and practical approach to helping you create a rich and meaningful life
There are times when the obstacles you face feel overwhelming and insurmountable. Times when you may not see your situation realistically or trust that your feelings are warranted. Your mood, anxieties or fears may serve to distort your thoughts, actions and your hope for the future. Real Life Therapy is meant for anyone who is feeling challenged by life and all that it brings. From everyday strains and stressors to difficulties in relationships or managing depression and anxiety, I am here to help you understand, process, take control and move forward. Your result is to be more closely aligned with who you want to be and the life you want to live.
"It is said that we can’t attain enlightenment, let alone feel contentment and joy, without seeing who we are and what we do, without seeing our patterns and our habits. This is called maitri – developing loving-kindness and an unconditional friendship with ourselves.”
Pema Chödrön, American-born Tibetan Buddhist Nun
B.Sc., M.Ed., RP, CCTP
I am a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO), a member of the Ontario Society of Registered Psychotherapists (OSRP), a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and a Clinical Supervisor. My 25+ years of experience has included working with depression, anxiety, grief, addictions, divorce and separation, relationship, trauma, and work issues. I am trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), relationship counselling, health coaching, trauma therapies and more. Alongside of my private practice, I have been fortunate to provide senior leadership to several mental health programs within large and small organizations.
I believe most human struggles can be connected to the quest for meaningful intimacy and love. Understanding family dynamics, acquiring healthy friendships, seeking and maintaining romantic love often accompany other emotional concerns.
My life's passion and my greatest success has been to support people through the life events that have challenged their self-worth, feeling deserving and their ability to imagine and create the life they want.
My style is direct, compassionate, respectful and where appropriate, humorous. I believe that providing effective therapy is both an art and science and as such, I use my experience and training to develop the approach and my strong intuitive sense to guide me to a deep understanding of your experiences, your strengths and your unique vulnerabilities.
Virtual Therapy at its Best
Virtual therapy, whether by secure video call or phone, offers convenience, safety and unparalleled privacy. I have been conducting sessions virtually for many years and understand the particular skill sets necessary to provide a connected and engaged experience. At this time, all of my sessions are delivered virtually.
Therapy is a process of growth and self-discovery. I will support your behavioral transformation by way of helping you create small successes that build on positive experiences and the consideration of new perspectives.
My approach is customized to your needs and your desired outcomes. The number of sessions and the focus of the work will be different for everyone and will be discussed together when we meet.
Your contact with me and everything we discuss is completely confidential within the limits of the law.
I work with a wide range of issues including:
Depression and Anxiety
Finding and Maintaining Healthy Intimacy
Grief and Loss
Self-esteem and Confidence
Parenting and Blended Families
Executive and Entrepreneurial Stress
Dating, Relational and Marital Therapy
This work involves uncovering beliefs, experiences and actions that have impacted intimacy:
Dating and Early Relationships
Poor Communication, Reduced Passion or Lack of Playfulness
Divorce and Separation
Loss of a Partner
Adults With Young Families
As a seasoned therapist in private practice and the head clinician for employer - sponsored mental health programs, I have been supervising individual and large groups of therapists for over 20 years. I meet all of the requirements for providing Clinical Supervisor under the CRPO regulations. As such, I provide one-on-one clinical supervision for Registered Psychotherapists, Qualifying Registered Psychotherapists and other regulated mental health professionals.
Help Managing through the Pandemic
Covid-19 has created a surge of mental health concerns, compromising our feelings of safety and security. While struggling through the pandemic may not always lead to a mental health condition, it may foster strong and difficult feelings, such as extreme irritability, fear and despair. I can help with brief or ongoing support to get you through this challenging time.