MPE, MACP, RP (Qualifying)
I became a therapist because, just like you, I am human and have had my fair share of battles. It took a long time for me to get to where I am today. I became a therapist because, in moments of hopelessness, it is hard to find determination. I became a therapist because I saw the stigma that is still associated with mental illness. I became a therapist to help others because depression can be scary, anxiety can be overwhelming, and traumatic experiences can leave one feeling exhausted.
While using various therapy approaches and modalities, in order to tailor treatment to your specific needs, I also draw from the Biopsychosocial Model which looks at the mind and body connection. This approach allows me to work with my clients and help heighten awareness to their body in the connection to their emotion, through talk therapy. This holistic therapeutic approach alongside other modalities, allows us to explore how thoughts, beliefs and feelings can impact our physical health, and similarly, how physical or social factors can affect our mental and emotional state. You can read more about the various therapy approaches and modalities I use, below.
I hope to accompany you on your journey, whether it is a process of self-understanding, self-exploration, managing changes in life, or simply just needing a safe space to gather your thoughts and feel empowered. Having been a client myself, and a therapist later, the process of healing can be a rewarding experience for both, the client and the therapist. I want to walk alongside you in this journey. I want you to feel heard, relevant, connected, and valued. Our lives can be full of meaning and purpose - we just have to find it!
I am a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. I hold a Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology, and have acquired additional training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Furthermore, I continue to take part in training sessions and seminars in order to enhance my knowledge and skills and to ensure that I am up to date with therapeutic approaches so that I can be the best version of myself for you.
Therapy Approaches & Modalities
My therapeutic style include a combination of various modalities and approaches, as my hope is to tailor therapy to your individual needs and concerns. My belief is that each individual has their own identity, needs, choices, values and beliefs, and it is important to use interventions that best fit that individual's needs. Thus, using a Client-Centered approach with my clients allows me to encourage self-exploration, insight and understanding, while creating a safe, compassionate, empathetic, and supportive environment.
Additionally, keeping the Biopsychosocial Model in mind throughout therapy can be helpful in understanding the interconnection between biology, psychology, and environment. In order to increase self-awareness, it is important to consider identity. This can include race, gender, introductions to faith and culture, place of birth and childhood upbringing, and positive or negative experiences. This model can allow me to understand you better, through discussions of biopsychosocial factors that may contribute to the obstacles in your journey.
Some other forms of modalities that I have taken additional training in, include: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT). CBT focuses on identifying, recognizing and changing thoughts and patterns, in order to then change behaviours. DBT helps build interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation and mindfulness skills. ACT helps to increase psychological flexibility, through noticing and accepting thoughts, becoming more present, and moving towards what is most important and meaningful in our lives. EFT is a concept that focuses on understanding how emotions are a part of our identity and provides a guide to increase awareness of emotion, enhance emotion regulation, and change emotions. Together, these theories provide me with tools and skills that I can share with my clients, when tailoring treatment to their needs.
Lastly, I enjoy incorporating Mindfulness-based techniques that promote living in the present moment, gaining clarity, building patience, and increasing awareness. Overtime, mindfulness, if used correctly, can help reduce stress, anxiety, and low moods.