I am an attachment-oriented, mindfulness-based, psychodynamic psychotherapist. My work is client-centered and trauma informed. I also am committed to an anti-oppressive practice, and continue to learn and develop myself professionally. So what does this all mean?
Psychodynamic psychotherapy involves exploring and understanding how unconscious, past relational patterns may be having an impact on the present. This kind of therapy is longer-term, it is interactive, and emotionally focused. Addressing the root causes of suffering and distress, rather than only modifying symptoms, is core to the approach.
Each one of us developed in a specific environment with specific caregivers. Understanding how our nervous systems and attachment patterns were shaped in these contexts can empower us to make informed decisions about our wellbeing, and to improve our relationship to ourselves and others.
In my approach to this work, I draw heavily on mindfulness, self-compassion, and somatic work. Learning how to turn towards, to be safely with, and to regulate the emotions that arise in the body is at the heart of what I do. I am also able to use tools like cognitive-behavioural therapy, dreamwork, expressive arts, and role play in my work. It is important to note that each therapeutic relationship is unique; the tools and techniques I use in my sessions depend on the needs and preferences of the individual in front of me.