My Approach to Helping
Hello. I’m happy to see that you’ve made it - if you’re here, you’re searching for something to help improve your life and relationships. An indication of your readiness to confront the challenges facing you, and the belief that change is possible is a beautiful place to begin.
As a therapist, I welcome diversity of all kinds, and prize inclusivity of abilities, races, cultures, sexualities, genders, religions, ages, body sizes, and political values.
My approach to therapy focuses on delving into underlying issues, rather than just addressing symptoms, to support sustained growth and healing. Our work begins with a warm, supportive and non-judgmental environment. My goal is to understand your experience as accurately and empathically as possible. I then draw from a variety of models and techniques. These range from a focus on our relationship as a microcosm to understand relational patterns that exist outside the therapy room, to a deep interest in your dreams to understand what your unconscious might be communicating, to an understanding of coping mechanisms and how they once served you, to techniques that teach you how to skillfully navigating challenging thoughts and emotions while living a life in line with your values. I work from this range because I don’t believe that one approach is sufficient to address your unique needs.
My approach to couples therapy focuses on each relationship's unique dynamics. Together, we will work towards creating a safe space for you and your partner to communicate openly and honestly, fostering a stronger bond. We will delve into the underlying patterns and dynamics that may be contributing to the challenges you face in your relationship. By examining the emotional patterns and relational histories that shape your interactions, we can foster increased self-awareness and mutual understanding. By acknowledging and owning the ways you may be contributing to relational difficulties, we will move towards growth, healing, and a deeper connection.
I have completed a Master’s in Counselling Psychology from the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies for Studies in Education. I have also volunteered at the Distress Centres of Greater Toronto as a crisis worker on their distress lines, and as a grief counsellor for folks who lost someone to suicide or homicide. In addition to my training and therapy work experiences, I draw upon my life experiences as a filmmaker and a father.
My specialties include anxiety, depression, artists and artistic practice, masculinity issues, grief and traumatic loss, life transitions, work challenges, relationship issues, existential distress, spiritual exploration, and self and identity exploration.
If what you read here resonates with you, consider checking out my website or reaching out for a free 30-minute consultation. Regardless, I hope that you find the support and guidance you need on your journey towards healing and growth.