Registered Social Worker
1 Promenade Circle, Suite 301J
Member in Good Standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW)
Member in Good Standing with the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW)
I consider therapy to be a voyage of self discovery and a learning experience undertaken by both therapist and client. On this journey, the client is regarded as the ‘expert’ and the therapist serves as ‘consultant’, providing an atmosphere of acceptance, nurturance, and positive regard.
Based upon my 33 years of work with diverse clientele, I have come to believe that, discomfort/anxiety/depression and many other symptoms often result from events in our lives which may be high-stress or traumatic. The impact of these traumatic events has been well-documented over many years. Once we recognize why we are experiencing these symptoms, we can then explore how best to treat them, eliminate them and enjoy the lives we deserve!
I feel privileged to have been given the trust of many people over the years, asking for my help to heal issues in their lives. I am passionate about the work, and extremely dedicated to my clients.
I begin where my client is, and initially focus on what I view as the most fundamental task of successful psychotherapy: establishing a positive, safe, therapeutic relationship, the ingredient, research shows, that most facilitates change. Using a collaborative approach, I empower my clients to build upon their own resources. I utilize numerous therapeutic modalities depending upon my clients’ needs. I welcome diversity with respect to cultural, religious, sexual, and gender issues. I enjoy working with a variety of presenting concerns, such as anxiety, depression, panic attacks, phobias, past and/or present abuse, other forms of trauma, as well as relationship difficulties, sexual orientation issues, medical and health concerns, grief and loss, stress management, and family of origin issues.
I have been utilizing EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), a model of therapy designed to help people process traumatic events, in order to decrease and eliminate many kinds of symptoms. Feedback over the past 16 years that I have been using this model has been excellent, and clients continue to find great relief from issues that brought them to therapy. Some examples of traumatic or high stress events processed during therapy include but are not limited to sexual, emotional and/or physical abuse, war trauma, violence, bullying, motor vehicle accidents, medical/health traumas, divorce, childhood with alcoholic parents, and stress from a wide variety of issues. Phobias are another type of problem that are often eliminated with the use of EMDR, for example, fear of flying.