I work with children, adolescents and adults. My practice includes assessment, consultation, counselling and therapy services.
I am trained in both assessment and treatment and regularly consult with other treating professions. I have worked extensively with children and their parents facing:
- attention disorders (ADHD)
- grief and loss
- learning problems
- social struggles
- family disruption and divorce
- parenting-child conflict
- parenting concerns
- mental health and treatment concerns
With children I utilize a number of approaches including play therapy, cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), emotion coaching, and parent-child relationship development. Specific play-based methods include non-directive play therapy, sandplay therapy and expressive arts therapy.
I work with youth and their families dealing with:
self-harm and suicidality
peer and social difficulties
family disruption and divorce
sexual orientation / gender identity
With adolescents I rely on cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), solution-focused and mindfulness-based methods.
I work with individuals, parents and couples. I have extensive training in mindful, experiential and body-therapy methods and have seen deep healing and transformation working this way. However, my goal is to work with my clients in a way that is most helpful to them so I also incorporate cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), solution-focused, and existential approaches.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness refers to learning to pay close attention to what is happening in both our mind and our physical body in the present moment. Mindfulness has come to Western psychotherapy from Eastern meditation traditions. It is also rooted in positive psychology that promotes healthy states such as kindness, self-compassion and non-judgmental acceptance. Working in mindfulness helps us make shifts in our experience of our thoughts, feelings and body sensations. It allows us to uncover unconscious beliefs, patterns and habits that may be steering our car as if on autopilot. The Hakomi Method is one of a number of mindfulness-based approaches including Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR); Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT); Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Re-Creation of the Self (RCS).
- Psychology and Psychologists: http://www.cpa.ca/public/
- Play therapy: http://www.a4pt.org/?page=WhyPlayTherapy
- Sandplay: http://www.sandplay.ca/English/030~Sandplay_Therapy/
- Hakomi: http://hakomiinstitute.com/about/the-hakomi-method
- Mindful Experiential Therapy Approaches: http://www.meta-trainings.com/