Fundamentally, I believe that therapy is about living intentionally. Much of our suffering comes from our unconscious habits — mental and behavioural patterns that we repeat over and over again, often with little awareness that we are doing them. My first goal as a therapist is to help my clients become aware of these patterns; the second step is working toward altering them in a collaborative, diligent, and systematic way. By doing this, we become more effective people, suffer less, and are better able to move toward the life that we envision for ourselves.
My expertise in therapy comes from three things: my academic learning, my experience as a clinician, and my experience in therapy myself. Before completing my MSW, I did a research master’s and worked in labs that studied mother-child attachment, the psychological effects of living with chronic disease, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Since my MSW, I have worked with individuals with criminal charges, men working on their fathering, adolescents suffering from depression, and I spent over five years working in an inpatient addictions and mental health treatment centre, encountering many forms of acute mental distress. I draw mostly from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), mindfulness meditation, and psychodynamic approaches.
I am also a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT). This is specialized training that prepared me to work with people with compulsive attachment patterns. This training and experience have given me a powerful attachment lens and insight into all kinds of insecure attachment styles, a major source of suffering for many people. A vital part of this work is also working with couples to rebuild trust and heal their bond.
I would gladly do a free phone consultation to get a better sense of what you’re going through and discuss how we could work on it together.