My Approach to Helping
I am available to support you through virtual sessions. Contact me to arrange a phone call to explore whether starting therapy with me is right for you. Please visit my website to learn more about me.
My approach integrates psychotherapy with creative process to engage the mind, body, emotions and imagination on the journey of change. I ground my practice in a belief in human resilience and in our innate potential for healing and transformation through difficult times. My work is informed by anti-oppressive perspectives, understanding of trauma and environmental influences on the psyche, neuroscience research findings, the mind-body relationship, symbolic process, and spirituality. I am committed to principles of social justice, and to promoting balanced and respectful relationships.
In over twenty years of practice, I have incorporated creativity and mindfulness with many types of verbal therapies. My experience includes work in public healthcare and community settings, including: mental health services in hospital outpatient clinics; addiction and trauma recovery; counselling for women and children exposed to domestic violence; specialized programs for children and youth with complex difficulties.
I also provide specialized services in Jungian Sandplay Therapy. Sandplay Therapy is a unique modality that provides a nonverbal way for clients of any age to experience and transform inner tensions through creative expression with sand, water and miniatures. While engaging the body and imagination, you become the creator of your personal journey.
With children and youth, playful and non-verbal approaches are central components of my practice. These imaginative modalities engage young people in creatively exploring their struggles while building a sense of mastery and self-worth.
I am a Registered Social Worker providing psychotherapy in Ontario and hold Masters Degrees in both Social Work and Sociology. I am also an internationally certified Jungian Sandplay Therapist with the Canadian Association for Sandplay Therapy (CAST) and the International Society for Sandplay Therapy (ISST). I am a past President of CAST, and a Senior Teacher-Supervisor for CAST and ISST. I provide internationally recognized sandplay training, supervision, workshops and conference presentations.