What is Psychotherapy?
Therapy is a way to explore and process your thoughts, feelings, and experiences with the help of someone trained assist you in developing a better, healthier understanding of yourself.
It is a commitment to self-awareness, with an aim of building resilience.
Whether what you are experiencing has a name (depression, anxiety) or is defined by an event (divorce, unemployment), I provide you with a space to feel things out—connect with whatever it is that causes friction. I can also make room for clients who don’t want a long-term commitment or who may wish to communicate remotely (out of province, etc).
What type of Psychotherapy do I practice?
I practice relational psychotherapy. This is a client-centred, psychodynamic approach that emphasizes and explores our interpersonal relationships as a key to discovering what’s happening inside of us. The health and vitality of our relationships with others often impact strongly on how we feel about ourselves.
This is a progressive and evolving approach to therapy informed by attachment and intersubjectivity theory, as well as self-psychological perspectives. It is inclusive and accepting: feminist, LGBTQ-supportive, pro-everyone. I take a whole-person/whole-system approach: your environment matters to me as well as your feelings.
I also incorporate new perspectives from neuroscience, somatic psychology, and social justice. I’m constantly curious about current research and critical approaches to mental and emotional health and attend seminars when possible; when applicable I sometimes will recommend books or articles that I feel might be helpful.
Talk therapy, regardless of modality, is a time-tested way to work through your thoughts and how they manifest in your behaviour; to dig as deep as you want in an empathetic environment where free and open communication is encouraged.
Who is Psychotherapy meant for?
From time to time, we all could use someone to talk to: to discuss patterns we notice in our behaviour, to share concerns about the way we think about the things and people in our lives.
The modality (or “style”) of psychotherapy I practice is geared toward people from all walks of life: women, men, investment bankers, bartenders, single parents, sex workers, retirees, students, army reservists, plumbers… you get the idea. In short, it’s meant for you.
Who makes a good Psychotherapist?
Someone who not only listens, but who can work with you without judgement or blame. Someone who treats every individual or couple who comes into their office as that: individuals with innate human complexities—not a collection of symptoms.
A good psychotherapist is someone who will not try to package you into a “type”, or force you into an overly rational process which doesn’t tune into your emotions and sensibilities — your uniqueness.
What kinds of issues can you work with?
Anxiety • Depression • Loss/Grief • Trauma & PTSD • Relationship/Marital Problems • Substance Abuse • Shame • Self-Harm • Anger Management • Physical/Sexual Abuse • Family-of-Origin Conflict, among other concerns.