What does it feel like to be stuck, worried, or uncertain of your life's direction? You've hoped that somewhere inside you there's tremendous potential, but right now you aren't certain how to connect with it. Feeling this way can be especially scary when it impacts your ability to fulfill, or even identify, your heart's desires. Getting in touch with difficult feelings can be transformative, and it often feels more meaningful when you explore them with a trusted therapist. Together, we will softly challenge those feelings and beliefs, while mapping out a clear path towards renewed harmony with the world.
I am a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (Reg # 008007). I have a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from McGill University in Montreal and completed my Psychotherapy training at the Transformational Arts College in Toronto. I am a member of the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists. I studied acting at the Circle in the Square Theatre School in New York City and trained classically as a singer for over 10 years.
As a therapist, I offer a caring heart, the ability to hear you as you want to be heard, and an intuitive sense to know where you are stuck within yourself. I will rarely tell you what you should do but will ask questions that help lead you back to yourself. I have a well rounded approach to therapy, drawing from my training in psychology, my education in the arts, and my years practicing Vipassana meditation.
I live in the Roncesvalles neighbourhood of Toronto where I enjoy sports, cooking, and watching Curb Your Enthusiasm. Meditation, yoga, and time well spent with my family are a few of the things that matter most to me.
The philosophy of my practice has been built upon two anecdotes that created significant shifts in my perspective. I share them here with the hope that they'll connect with you too. Growth, understanding and joy are not only possible, but are completely within your reach. Let's discover that together.
'Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.' - Charles Dickens , 'David Copperfield'
I remember a therapist mentioning that reference to me. It was my last session with her and the experience hadn’t been going especially well. I still remember becoming excited and inspired by the quote. I bought the book the next day and my journey began then and there.
Just like Copperfield, I wanted to be the hero of my own life. I believe we all do. We want to feel confident, powerful and secure. We yearn to be who we know we are in the depths of our souls.
Years ago, when my sister would come to me to talk about something that was bothering her, I'd say 'THAT'S THE GOLD!' She would look at me like, 'Really?!' And I would say: 'YES!' I knew that if she could view her situation as an invitation, an opening to learn about why she was feeling what she was, she might begin to see the wisdom of her experience. She would shift from 'Why is this happening to me?' to 'Why is this happening to me?'
And that's the gold. Welcoming what is and knowing whatever it is has something to teach us.
You'll feel safe with me as we honour your needs and learn to trust your instincts. I'll approach our therapeutic relationship with compassion, and by incorporating Mindfulness, Parts, Shadow, and Inner Child work I'll guide you through this sacred process of exploration. Our sessions will help you feel empowered, yet relaxed.
Meet you where you 'are', not where I think you should be
Bring compassion into our work together
Practice non-judgement; I will not try to view your situation as positive or negative, but rather look at what it has to teach you
Communicate my trust in the wisdom of you
I have been practicing Vipassana meditation, an insight-based meditation technique, for over 18 years. Benefits of Vipassana include living a more peaceful life, experiencing a deeper sense of calm, and feeling increased compassion, for yourself and others.
In practicing Vipassana you learn to observe things 'as they are, and not as you would like them to be'. This key tenet in mindfulness-based meditation, the ability to be present in the moment, is something I have experience with and will bring to our work together.
Let's cultivate your intuition, as your internal source of power, and name the possibilities that lie within. We'll set goals that are built around practical methods for leading you to a happier, more peaceful life.
Areas of experience:
- Self-esteem Issues
- Psycho-Spiritual Issues
- Emotional causes of pain
Ultimately the purpose of each of your experiences is to connect you back to yourself. It's your inner self asking to be heard and experienced. I want to help you with that!