Individual and Family Therapy
I specialize in helping people heal from trauma, and deal with anger, numbness, guilt, shame, low self esteem, addiction, fear, and loss. My approach leads to a deep, enduring, sense of resolution, peace, and fulfillment. I respect the unique qualities of each and every person. I listen with care to hear the meaning of what you are saying, and I will work with you to discover the healing path that is both successful and right for you.
In a process I call "allowing", the need for putting up defenses is reduced or eliminated and hidden perspectives can then emerge, leading to positive changes, in a very short time.
My approach is a form of somatic psychotherapy, where mind and body wisdom, together, are seen as essential to the therapeutic process. The mind, while an amazing tool, is only one aspect of healing intelligence. My experience is that we move toward healing and growth, spontaneously, given the opportunity to access both mind and body wisdom, in a safe, respectful and accepting environment.
Talking through issues that concern us is essential. However, many experiences are too deeply rooted in our psyche to be accessed and healed by 'talking through', alone.
Depending on your personal needs, I use body awareness, mindfulness, breathing and gentle movement techniques, which are highly effective companions to talk therapy.
My approach consistently brings about deep understanding, resolution, relief, peace and fulfillment, as well as, more and more joy, connection, creativity and enthusiasm for life.
My core training is from the 4 year program at the The Integral Healing Centre, Toronto, under John Went. This program focuses on Body Centered therapy techniques including Bioenergetics, Therapeutic Touch, Trauma Release and Meditation, as well as, Client Centered Talk Therapy.
I have completed the full training at the Relational Life Institute, Boston, under Terrance Real.
I have also trained in Holotropic Therapy under Tav Sparks.
In training, reading, peer discussion and workshops, I have studied Client Centered Talk Therapy (Rogers), Bioenergetics (Lowen Reich), Mindfulness, Psychodrama, Guided Meditation, Eastern Religions, Breathing Techniques, Trauma Healing Techniques (Berceli, Levine, others), Emotional Release Techniques (Lee), Internal Family Systems Therapy (Schwartz). Emotionally Focused Therapy (Johnson), and Imago Couple's work (Hendrix).
College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) – Registered Psychotherapist (RP) 4060
Ontario Society of Registered Psychotherapists – Clinical Member, Past member of the Board of Directors, Past member of the Professional Development Committee
Rollins College – Behavioral Science BA
Open International University – Therapeutic Counseling MTC
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