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Therapy 

Individual, Child & Adolescent, and Family Therapy 

My practice areas include anxiety and mood difficulties, trauma, attention and learning concerns, parent-child relationship difficulties, adjustment and family based intervention. I utilize a variety of treatment approaches including Psycho-educational Assessment, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, EMDR, Solution-Focused Therapy and Family Systems Therapy to support clients in moving toward their goals.

Individual

I believe in an individual’s inherent expertise and the ability to create desired changes within. My approach is collaborative, comforting and aimed at evidence-based skill building. Whether you are dealing with a diagnosed mood disorder, experiencing a transition, loss, or wanting to change a frustrating pattern, therapy can help you move toward what you want instead. 

  • Trauma

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • PTSD

  • Relationship Problems

  • Family dynamics

  • Stress Management

  • Parenting

Child &

Adolescent

Children and adolescents have complex needs that can show up in behaviours that aren’t always easy to understand. My approach provides a safe outlet to explore their experiences as well as decode your child’s mental health needs. As with adults, children are able to do their best when they have the support, the empathic space and the necessary skill-building to manage their challenges.

 

  • Anxiety

  • Anger/Behaviour

  • ADHD

  • Depression

  • Family Conflict

  • Learning Difficulties

  • Peer Pressure + Relationships

  • Relationship Problems

  • School Stress

  • Self-Harming Behaviours

  • Self-Esteem

  • Transition to adulthood

Family

Family relationships can be complex and ever-changing. Each family member plays a unique role in the family system and it’s not always easy to see the patterns which may leave you in conflict. At the heart of every family seeking support is a desire improve relationship. Family therapy will provide you with a space to work through conflict, learn new conflict resolution skills, and come together as a family. Our sessions will allow you to laugh, cry, and share without feeling guilty or like you’re burdening those that you love. 

 

I am always impressed by the power and speed with which a family working together can reach a common goal.

 

  • Life transition

  • Age + Stage Transition

  • School Difficulties

  • Anger + Family Conflict

  • Reconnecting

  • Parenting Support

  • Adjustment Concerns

  • Fair Disagreement

Treatment Approaches

EMDR

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an evidenced-based integrative psychotherapy approach effective for the treatment of trauma and other mental health problems. It is endorsed by the American Psychiatric Association and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.

 

Unlike other treatments that focus on directly altering the emotions, thoughts and responses resulting from traumatic experiences, EMDR therapy focuses directly on the memory, and is intended to change the way that the memory is stored in the brain, thus reducing and eliminating the problematic symptoms. EMDR’s standardized procedures incorporate the use of eye movements and other forms of rhythmic left-right (bilateral) stimulation (e.g., tones or taps). While clients briefly focus on the trauma memory and simultaneously experience bilateral stimulation (BLS), the vividness and emotion of the memory are reduced.

 

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

CBT is an evidence-based  psychological treatment rooted in the idea that our psychological difficulties are partly based on unhelpful ways of thinking and learned patterns of unhelpful behaviour. CBT is a structured skills based modality which teaches clients to develop coping skills to help face your fears instead of avoid them, change your thinking as well as reduce problematic emotions and behavior.

 

Solution Focused Therapy

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) is an evidence-based therapeutic approach which helps clients with change by constructing solutions rather than dwelling on problems. SFBT is a brief modality with client-directed goals which views people as inherently resilient, strong, resourced and capable of creating lasting change. Clients recognize what is already working in their lives, create preferred realities through future-oriented conversations and explore how things can be different. In SFBT, clients know what is best for them and are considered to be experts in their own lives.

 

Family Systems Therapy

Systems theory can show us how changes in the behavior of one part of a system affects the system as a whole. It is the same in families: any individual family member is likely to have an influence on the way the family functions over time. As we grow and develop as individuals, we are influenced by our network network of relationships. It can be beneficial to address the structure and behaviour of the broader relationship system which has played a part in a client’s development. My work with families examines the relationships, behaviours and interaction patterns across the family system and the various subsystems within the whole. Family members explore their individual roles within the family, learn how to switch roles, if necessary, and learn ways to support and help each other with the goal of restoring family relationships and rebuilding a healthy family system.