25 years of experience enables me to offer a warm and safe therapeutic environment for you to use.
My approach is based on developmental, relational and psychodynamic theories and practice.
I am curious and engaged while in the therapeutic relationship with you.
Always learning, I am currently an adult psychoanalyst in training with Toronto Psychoanalytic Institute.
Adolescence and young adult counselling
Parent-child Interaction psychotherapy
Watch, Wait and Wonder intervention
We exist and develop in a relationship with the world within, and with the world around us. A relationship with what we remember about our past, and with what we are told about ourselves. A relationship with what we understand and feel is our present, and with what we hope, or fear the future will hold. We exist in a relationship with our beliefs, values, thoughts and feelings.
Depression, fear, and anxiety are some of the most common and uncomfortable emotions that we can experience at any point in our lives from infancy further. In the space of the therapeutic relationship with me, you will have an opportunity to simply be; stay in your discomfort while safe in presence of the other. We will attend to the needs of a child in dyadic sessions or in a family situation, making sure to follow the child's lead.
Symptoms associated with painful and traumatic circumstances, shape our nervous system, the architecture of our brain, and hormonal system. The experienced trauma shapes the story about our history and daily functioning. In the sessions, we may address the intergenerational, early childhood, relational, (attachment) or present trauma and loss, and symptoms of PTSD with gentleness and care in the rhythm of your own drums.
A feeling of competence and satisfaction in a relationship with your child promotes a positive outlook in other areas of your life.
The feeling of security in early relationships affects overall mental health and wellbeing, and personal experience of professional and life success later in life.
Early relational experiences play an important role in your child's capacity to play, learn, enjoy friendships, love, and their feeling of safety.
My particular professional interests are in working with infants, children and adolescents with anxiety, depression, communication problems and fragile health, siblings of children with severe disabilities and chronic illness; Parents who have experienced difficulties and losses, single parents, blended families and families with complex intergenerational trauma, mental health, and loss and separation issues, as well as parents who are concerned about their child's development and want to address worrisome symptoms they are observing.