Services

Who I See:Adults, adolescence and children. However, children are seen in the context of their families and sessions with adolescents include a combination of individual and family meetings.

Types of Concerns:I provide treatment and counselling for all mental health concerns such as depression, bipolar, all types of anxiety, eating disorders, ADHD, other. You do NOT have to have an eating disorder to see me. I am a fully trained clinician for all mental health concerns. As well, I have specialized training as a relationship therapist. I see couples, families and individuals struggling with relationship issues.

Structure of Sessions: Individual, couple, family and group* (*when available).

Types of Treatment: Psychotherapy
1. Emotion Focused Therapy for Individuals & Couples (EFT)
2. Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
3. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
4. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
5. Diabolical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
6. Systemic Therapy
7. Client Centered/Humanistic
 
Other:
1.Maudsley Model or Family-Based Therapy
2. Psycho-education
3. Readiness for Change
4. Ellen Satter Philosophy
 

There are many different types of treatment for a variety of issues. Certain treatments are shown to be "best practice" with certain issues and therefore I use "evidence based " treatments. As well, treatment usually involves different forms of therapy and individual differences are important to consider.

My Perspective: Change is possible. It's not necessarily easy, but easier with support, guidance, knowledge and feeling understood rather than judged. We all struggle in one way or another and for different reasons and have different circumstance. Life is not fair. We don't choose to have mental health issues nor do we choose the country, circumstances, families, bodies or sex we are born into. I believe people are doing the best they know how given the resources, knowledge, and supports they have at that time in their life. I also, however, do believe that there are individuals who lack the development of conscience and they can choose to do great harm to others.

Providing treatment requires a holistic approach that sees the whole person. This includes a person's thoughts, emotions, behaviors, relationships, gender, sex, sexual orientation, social, ethnic, cultural, economic and spiritual self.

My role as your therapist is to help you understand yourself and your circumstances and to gain new perspectives that will empower you to make the changes you want. I will provide you with insight, strategies, knowledge, skills, feedback and support. The process of change and recovery is a journey not an end point. This journey often includes steps forwards and backwards and slips along the way. It's what is learned during the journey that is important and that is what creates change.

Examples of the Types of Concerns Addressed in Counseling/Therapy:
1. Understanding, learning about and managing depression, bipolar and anxiety in order to regain a fuller life
2. Understanding and changing the negative thoughts and behaviors that sabotage success
3. Understanding and dealing with substance misuse or abuse
4. Understanding grief and loss and finding new meanings in life
5.Improving couple and family relationships and communication
6. Specific to disordered eating/eating disorders:

  • Stop dieting, restricting, binge eating, emotional over eating, excessive exercising and using unhealthy practices to try and control weight
  • Understand the role(s) that the eating disorder may play in your life (e.g., numb feelings; avoid fears, challenges or change; to feel unique, accomplished, cared for, safe or in control). This however does NOT mean you have to know what caused the eating disorder to recovery from it.
  • Learn how to eat regularly, consistently and orderly; regain cues of hunger and fullness; don't let external cues control your eating (e.g., triggers in the environment; unrealistic rules)
  • Develop a positive relationship with food and your body. This means not feel guilty about eating for nourishment and enjoyment. It also means taking care of your body by providing it with activity for fun and health and learning self-acceptance.
  • Providing parents with guidance, support and skills when their child has an eating disorder. This can be a very confusing time for parents and they often loose their confidence to be able to feed and parent their child. Parents will play a key role in helping their child recover and they will not be blamed for the eating disorder.