My Approach to Helping
My approach to therapy is empowering and compassionate and focuses on giving clients the means to enhance their understanding of themselves and their predicament, and explore possible ways to understand, manage and relieve their distress and suffering. I am an active and engaged therapist, who listens deeply and provides direct feedback or tools to help clients achieve relief and lasting and meaningful change. Within the context of unconditional acceptance and non-judgement, this means clients can develop more adaptive ways of coping, relating to others, develop deeper connections and be responsible and in control of themselves and their emotions.
My approach is informed by an Integrative Psychodynamic understanding, complemented by additional training in Emotionally Focused Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Transactional Analysis, and Grief Therapy.
I have worked with a variety of concerns, including, depression, anxiety, personality struggles and disorders, illness, family support, relationship difficulties, coping skills, life changes and adjustments, support for caregivers, palliative care, grief, trauma debriefing, PTSD, personal growth, worklife balance and life coaching. I have a number of years of experience with adolescents who are struggling. I have seen parents of children of all ages to assist them with difficulties and help them understand their children’s needs so as to meet them in more appropriate ways.
At times, I work with clients to better understand their past experiences and early emotional injuries. This often leads to greater insight into the interpersonal patterns they learned which may now be contributing to and sabotaging their adult emotional predicaments.
I welcome the opportunity to work with you.