My Approach to Helping
Are you overwhelmed by anxiety and depression? Are you struggling to manage your emotions and symptoms? Maybe your struggle is impacting your relationships, and taking away your hope and objectives. You may know that you are not alone in your suffering. If you allow me, I will be here to help you. My goal is to help you transcend difficult life experiences, symptoms of depression and anxiety, and regain a sense of ease, peace, emotional balance. I work with individuals and groups in-clinic and on-line (via Skype) with a cognitive-behavioral, mindful, accepting, non-judgmental, and compassionate approach.
I specialize in cases that many other therapists shun from, including severe anxiety and major depression, teens and adults with emotional disturbance from abuse (psychological/physical/sexual abuse) or neglect; borderline personality disorder; psychotic disorders, self-harming behaviors, and suicidal ideation/behaviors. I conduct psychotherapy in both French and English.
I have a longstanding personal, clinical, and research expertise in mindfulness based approaches (including MBSR, MBCT, DBT, and ACT). I have been trained at Concordia University and the University of Montreal, I have a PhD in clinical psychology and I am pursuing a postdoctoral research at Harvard and McGill University.
Positive growth and change are possible for you. If that is what you are looking for, you are welcome to contact me!
More Info About My Practice
I do both face-to-face and online (via the web, e.g., Skype) psychotherapy.
I also provide a three hours intensive mindfulness workshop. During the workshop, you learn different approaches and practices of mindfulness from both eastern and western perspectives. You also learn how to integrate mindfulness into your daily life and relationships. If you are interested, please contact us to book at spot in the coming workshop. The workshops are hold on the weekends (Saturdays and/or Sundays). The maximum number of attendees is 10. The cost is 120$ per participant. You will receive an insurance receipt.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
I specialize in third-wave cognitive-behaviour approaches, namely mindfulness-based therapies (including Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy or MBCT, and Minfulness-Based Stress-Reduction or MBSR), acceptance (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy or ACT), and compassion (Compassionate Focused Therapy or CFT). I wrote numerous published scientific articles on these subjects.
How Psychotherapy Can Help
Unlike medication and psychiatric treatment, psychotherapy is a process, meaning it requires time, energy, and resources. In addition, psychotherapy is a collaborative work between you and your therapist aiming towards common objectives, set by you. Psychotherapy allows you to perceive and relate to internal states and external events differently.
It gives you the gift of understanding, identifying, describing, experiencing, and relating to your emotions in the present moment differently, with a sense of peace, ease, and mastery. You gain self-confidence and self-control, so you can deal with challenging situations and negative, painful emotions. While the effects of medication and other drugs (whether prescribed, legal, or illegal) are momentary and transient, the changes and learning in a comprehensive psychotherapeutic process is life changing and long lasting.