My Approach to Helping
I provide support and guidance to girls and women to fully and authentically come into themselves. I understand the complexities of the daily experince of being female in our society and how difficult it is for women to be strong, caring and assertive in our society. I take a women-centered approach to mental health and do not label behaviors and emotions as disordered but to understand these as responses in the context of your life. My work with girls and women covers those who struggle with anxiety, disordered eating, self-mutilation, depression, relationship problems, low self-esteem, self-judgement and perfectionism. I empower women to think about themselves with compassion rather than self-criticism. I help women nurture themselves, honor their voices and use their wisdom to effect profound change within themselves. I believe that everyone has an innate wisdom and thus the ability to heal themselves.
I value comapssion and gentleness and know that strenght is born from vulnerability. I strive to help my clients understand that we have to face our discomfort first before we can let it go. This takes great courage and vulnerability on your part. The beauty though is that when you learn to accept all your feelings not just the socially acceptable ones you are finally liberated and able to start writing a new life for yourself one based on authenticity, belonging and self-compassion.
More Info About My Practice
I'm a member of the Order of Social Workers of Quebec as Marital & Family Therapist my permit # is DURA05-02-180. I also hold a psychotherapist permit through the Ordre des psychologues du Quebec and my permit number is #60581-13. Since insurance policies may vary, it is important to read your policy carefully and understand the extent of your coverage. If receipts are needed for insurance please advise me.
How Psychotherapy Can Help
It is imporatnt to realize that seeking help is not a sign of weakness. In fact it's a sign of health. And it's the first step on your path to regaining charge of your life. Therapy offers relief from anger, anxiety, sadness and the lasting effects of depression and trauma. It can help you mourn or resolve a crisis, or develop better strategies for tackling relationship challenges. Therapy can help you identify and make needed changes for handling life's challenges. Therapy may also help you know and like yourself more. When the process is complete, you should feel more productive and happier. If you're still unsure, call me so we can discuss what therapy might offer you.
My Role as a Therapist
I provide a woman-centered approach to mental health. I'm warm, supportive, accepting, and nonjudgmental. I ask questions and share thoughts in a way that respects and helps you. I'm trained in a variety of approaches to individual, couples, and family counseling. I'll select my approach based on your needs and comfort level.
I encourage you to work to understand and even embrace your past in all of its complexity. We'll visit your most desolate, hopeless, fearful experiences, but we'll also go to your places of joy and hope. I help my clients create beautiful lives worth living. I don't take my work as a therapist lightly; instead, I view it as a privilege to witness the courage my clients display when they look honestly but gently at themselves.
It's exciting to witness the changes that can occur when you decide it's time to make a change. Thank you for placing your trust in me. The relationship between the therapist and client is important. To get better, you need to feel comfortable with the person you rely on for assistance. You deserve a therapist who carefully listens, openly responds, and is nonjudgmental. Good therapists constantly evaluate therapy's effectiveness, so your therapist should listen to any concerns you have about your progress.