Research has shown that the relationship between therapist and client, or the therapeutic alliance, is vital for a positive outcome. I make sure that you feel heard and supported throughout our sessions together.
I have an eclectic style that integrates a number of approaches, depending on the needs of the client. I draw upon humanistic therapy – specifically client-centred and existential therapy – as well as a strengths-based approach that incorporates mindfulness techniques and cognitive reframing. These can help give you a new perspective on what’s going on, and strategies to help you better cope with life challenges. And I use a sense of humour along the way…
As a Registered Psychotherapist as well as a Registered Drama Therapist, I like to incorporate creative interventions with psychotherapeutic tools to deal with life challenges. However, I adapt each session to the person with whom I’m working so you will always feel at ease.
I hold a Masters degree in Creative Arts Therapies (Drama Therapy option) from Concordia University and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Psychology from McGill University. I also have a Certificate in Adult Training & Development, University of Toronto (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education) and a Theatre Arts Diploma, George Brown College.
I strongly believe in ongoing professional development and frequently attend conferences and workshops to further my knowledge and understanding. I have attended a variety of workshops on subjects including meaning-centred psychotherapy, managing patient anxiety, connecting to vulnerability, culturally informed therapy with LGBTQIA clients, the value of mindfulness in daily life, cancer and sexuality, forgiveness, and finding resilience during challenging times.
I have also presented extensively at national and international conferences on the use of creativity, empathy and playfulness in my group and individual sessions with cancer patients, as well as using meaning-making interventions with cancer patients and creative interventions with young adults.