I see my role as being a “guide”- gently supporting and encouraging you along the path of healing and self-discovery.
- That to facilitate long-lasting change and to feel as good as you possibly can about yourself, all aspects of your being must be integrated into the healing process: mind, body, and spirit.
- That you have the answers to your problems; not me. Thus, I encourage you to re-connect with your own unique internal wisdom and inner voice.
- In your ability to heal, grow, change, and become the person you’ve always dreamed of being and that on our journey together, this and more is possible.
The Approaches I Use in Psychotherapy:
My woman-centred consciousness came about through growing up female in a patriarchal society and by working with women who struggle with disordered eating, abuse (physical, emotional, sexual, and verbal), and anxiety/depression and other forms of ‘mental illness.’
I have found that gaining an understanding of the everyday realities of what it means to be “female” in our society is essential in helping you to achieve desired changes in your life.
For example, clients of mine who struggle with food and body image issues often find it very helpful to explore society’s beauty standards for women and how they have attempted to “fit” them.
By applying a woman-centred lens to psychotherapy, women become empowered and learn how to break stereotypes and molds of traditional roles that may be preventing their development and growth.
Family systems therapy
Family systems is a perfect fit for the work I do because my core training is in social work which is all about working with the many systems (i.e., family, culture, community, workplace, politics, etc.) in people’s lives which affect behaviour, choices, and overall life satisfaction. I believe that you cannot understand yourself or others, nor make major positive changes in your life unless you have a clear understanding of the outside forces that constantly shape who you are and what you do.
- Every one of us comes from a family; for better or worse. The experiences you had within your own family growing up shape every other relationship you have today; especially the family you create as an adult.
- Whether you are cut off from family or have contact with them every day, these relationships are a powerful force in how you conduct your everyday life.
- By exploring your family-of-origin in therapy, you can learn more about why you are the way you are in all your relationships and how you can change for the better in the important relationships you have with others in the future.
In traditional psychotherapy, there is an exclusive focus on thoughts and feelings and very little attention is paid to the physical body. I use an integrative approach put together over the years which includes our thoughts and feelings, as well as the body. The three areas I integrate together are:
- Mind: our thoughts
- Emotions: our feelings
- Body: the five senses- sound, smell, taste, touch, and sight.
In recent years, I have taken extensive training in Mindfulness and Body Centred Therapy and have seamlessly integrated these aspects with my core education with fantastic results. By working on all three levels of human experience, clients find that they become more in tune with their emotions and thoughts based on what they are sensing in their bodies. Clients come to learn how the physical body can teach us what we are thinking and feeling and what we need to quickly and efficiently restore peace and balance.
Are you wanting to:
- feel empowered?
- in charge of your life?
- happy in your relationships?
- feel a wonderful balance between your mind, emotions, and your body?