What psychotherapy means to me

Therapeutic style

My goal is to guide and support you in making the changes you want and need in order to find meaning and live a more fulfilled life. I aim to be present with you in each session, help you slow down and explore your uniqueness; your inner world (motivations, emotions, fears and hopes), your relationships as well as the unhealthy habits and patterns in your life. In a collaborative, compassionate way, I will help you to learn about yourself, build upon your strengths, boost your inner confidence, gain new perspectives, make changes and integrate practical coping skills into your life. Strengthening self-compassion and ways of nourishing yourself will be central in our work as will be using mind-body techniques to approach the therapeutic process holistically. Helping you notice what is going on in your body along with your thoughts and emotions can aid in you understanding yourself in a deeper way and begin healing. 

My therapeutic style stems from years of working in humanitarian aid, international education and social services. I struggled with how to do meaningful work and not burn out. I also learned how to cope with and adjust to some major life transitions along the way. Through intentional slowing down, self-exploration, and understanding my own stories, I have learned how using experiential creative processes can be beneficial. Creative experiences have helped me become more self-aware, practice self-compassion, connect with others in more meaningful ways, lessen stress and enhance my overall wellbeing.

Weaving talk therapy, creativity & life coaching

Using an eclectic approach, I weave evidence-based talk therapies. creativity and life coaching techniques that fit with you and the problems you are currently experiencing. 

  • I draw from such talk therapies as Solutions-focused therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Narrative Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Existential Therapy and self-compassionate mindfulness-based techniques.
  • I will bring creativity into our work with your permission. This might take the form of art-making, collages, expressive writing (poetry, journaling, story-telling), working with sand or clay, music, and using photographs. I may also try to incorporate Hakomi (a practice that combines mindful exploration, body awareness and creative experimentation to promote healing) and Qigong (healing oneself through breathing, body movements, meditation and guided imagery) when appropriate.
  • I also integrate life coaching techniques to help you recognize obstacles, set goals, change perspectives and identify and shift core beliefs.

The value of my eclectic approach

Drawing from these different approaches in a psychotherapy session, I can best meet you where you are at, take a more holistic approach and provide you what you need to grow and heal. Creative expression can be helpful in addressing the mind/body connection and enhancing your emotional understanding in a non-threatening way. Moving from more traditional talk therapies that encourage reporting about something that happened in your life to actually experiencing it can be therapeutically powerful. Talk therapy enables you to focus on the long term, dig deep and emotionally explore; bringing awareness of your emotions, thoughts and behaviours, a shift in painful emotions and self-destructive patterns, better coping tools and a greater sense of who you are and your experiences. Life coaching tends to be more action driven and offers clarity, setting future goals and strategies to achieve your goals.