Psychotherapy is a second career for me but it feels as though it was what I was always meant to do. I am a graduate of the Gestalt Institute of Toronto's 5 year training program and hold an undergraduate degree in psychology. Returning to school as a mature student was a challenge and a privilege as is the career I have undertaken.
I have sat in the client's chair many times during my training and during difficult times in my life. I believe that to be an effective therapist, it is crucial to have a first-hand understanding of what it is like to work through challenges from a client's perspective.
Empathy, creativity, sensitivity and humour play central roles in my approach. Also, ensuring that you as my client understand that we are equals, working together to focus on your personal growth.
The focus of my practice is relationships, intimacy and sexuality. Many of us were taught not to expect pleasure from life but that we're lucky if it happens. My hope is to support my clients to understand what pleasure means to them and that pleasure is not an indulgence but something we are all entitled to.
I've done training in relationship therapy with Esther Perel, Terry Real as well as the Gestalt Institute of Toronto and have also completed the Intensive Sex Therapy Certification at the University of Guelph.
I am a Registered Psychotherapist according to the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (certificate Number: 003153). I am also a member of the Canadian Association for Psychodynamic Therapists.