741 Broadview Avenue | Ste. 304 | Toronto | ON | M4K 3Y3
Office Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
RP, CTP Dipl, RSW
***ONLINE/PHONE SESSIONS AVAILABLE***
“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
– Anais Nin
The world we live in is fast-paced and full of distractions. Psychotherapy provides the opportunity to stop and examine our inner landscape. In crisis, dealing with a loss, a life transition, or identity issues, you don’t have to be alone. Whatever difficulty or discontent may be troubling you, psychotherapy and the therapeutic relationship can be a refuge to support your journey.
Our own perceptions and those of others can build a prison in our lives. Who we think we are, and who others have always told us we are, can create an inner world rife with rules and limitations. We may become inhibited and unable to recognize what we actually want and need in any given situation or relationship. We may not realize that who we are is enough and that there is room for our needs.
You have within you the seeds needed for healing and growth. With the help and guidance of a therapist you can begin to find meaning in your experiences and gain insight into your personal quest toward living a fulfilling, authentic, and contented life.
“What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.”
My practice is inclusive, not exclusive. I feel comfortable with all ages, genders, races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, and spiritual beliefs. So, please know you will be welcomed without judgment.
We all have parts of ourselves that influence our thoughts, feelings, and behaviours, often without our even knowing this is happening. The more we can attend to those parts of ourselves that sit at the edge of awareness, the more we will be guided by our own experience rather than external influences. This happens through our engagement in the therapeutic relationship & conversation as well as through dreams, art work, and other products of our imagination.
My goal is to create a supportive, respectful environment where you can focus on self-discovery and self-actualization. Feeling heard and being understood by another is the foundation of healing. Together we will work on helping you develop skills for regulating painful emotions. We will work towards deepening your inner life – to include awareness of your unique gifts, your purpose in life, and qualities that perhaps lie dormant. You have the innate inner wisdom from which all of your healing arises. Therapy and the therapeutic relationship is a form of midwifery for this as together we “birth” your authentic Self.
Everyone is different and has unique needs so the pace, depth, and duration of the work often varies. For this reason, I don’t have one theory, method, or technique that I use with all clients. I am guided by you and your own inner wisdom. Together we will place a non-judgmental, curious lens on your moment-to-moment reactions to your experiences. This way you can discover more about who you are and what is right for you. You can explore and change the patterns that interfere with your life.
“There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique.”
– Martha Graham
I bring to my credentials as a Registered Psychotherapist and Registered Social Worker a wide range of professional and personal experiences. My personal history inspired a passion for the process of inner work. I feel honoured to accompany people as they explore the edges in their lives. Healing and authenticity often lie hidden beneath our wounds.
After caring for and losing a brother to AIDS in the late 1980’s I was privileged to work at Casey House Hospice providing training and support to volunteer and professional caregivers. Although I was already involved in human rights efforts, my work at Casey House, in the early days of the AIDS Epidemic, gave me a front row seat to the stigma and discrimination that came with being LGBTQ.
During this time, in an effort to manage my own self-care and that of others, I became interested in mindfulness and meditation. I was fortunate to attend training with Jon Kabat-Zinn and became a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Facilitator. I have a meditation practice and regularly take Vipassana retreats.
Professional and volunteer work in many countries and cultures – in Botswana, Guyana, India, Israel, and Australia – has cemented my understanding and passion for anti-oppression principles and practices. As co-founder and partner of Competence Consultants and Associates I participated in developing and delivering anti-oppression and equity organizational development processes and practices.
I have a Bachelor of Social Work and Master’s degree in Adult Education. My psychodynamic psychotherapy training took place at the Centre for Training in Psychotherapy. I later trained with Sue Johnston in Emotionally Focused Therapy and have a good grounding in Attachment Theory. I continue my development as a therapist through ongoing courses & supervision.]
During our first session we will have a chance to get a sense of one another, share information and for me to assess your concerns and clarify your needs. Often, we will engage in some therapeutic interventions to get a sense of how we will work together. If either of us feels we are not a match I will refer you to a colleague that I think will be a good fit for you.
To schedule an initial session please email me at email@example.com.
- Aging and Age-Related Concerns
- Body Image
- Infertility and Fertility Issues
- Life Crisis and Transitions
- Loneliness and Isolation
- Loss and Grief
- Mourning and Bereavement
- Multicultural Issues
- Obsessive and Compulsive Thoughts and Behaviours
- Relationship Issues
- Self-Destructive Patterns
- Sex and Intimacy Issues
- Sexuality and Gender Issues
I welcome you to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. As a registered social worker, my services may be covered by your insurance benefit packages. However, please do confirm this with your insurer. My office is conveniently located at Broadview and Danforth, in Toronto, one block from the Broadview subway station.