In person Visits and Secure Video Counselling
I adhere to an attachment, trauma -informed lense in my work, and pull from multiple empirically validated psychotherapy modalities, studied over several years. These include Emotion-Focused Therapy, Somatic Experiencing, Body-Centred Psychotherapy and Focusing. UsIng these experiential approaches to align with your unique needs..
I see therapeutic change as a process that happens on many levels, most of which are not within our awareness. Individual psychotherapy can be a space to be lovingly curious about the ways in which we find ourselves operating without our awareness, or that we have taken for granted. Appreciating the ways in which we arrived at this point, while also noticing those patterns that might no longer be helpful to us in the present. Noting those moments where our behaviours do not attend to our unmet desires, Finding new hope and trust in the therapeutic relationship to try something new.
Couples Counselling ( Emotion Focused Couples Therapy)
I combine both experiential, process-oriented approaches and systemic therapies in my work with couples .
EFT is a short-term, scientifically supported therapy that helps couples identify the underlying dynamics that create lasting positive changes in their relationships. It is regarded as one of the most effective approaches to couple and family therapy. Research studies find that after 10-12 sessions, 70-75% of couples demonstrate significant improvement. EFT has been shown to be an effective approach to couples counselling with a variety of issues, including depression, past infidelity, grief and loss, and past trauma. EFT draws from attachment theory, which asserts that humans are hardwired for strong emotional bonds with others. According to EFT, relationship distress is seen as a result of a perceived threat to this connection. EFT focuses on what causes relationship distress and provides a detailed map to our distressed patterns that negatively overtake the opportunity for connection. A new cycle of interaction is established in which both partners are experienced as available and responsive to each others needs. This safe, secure attachment allows couples to be flexible in problem solving — communicate effectively even during conflicts.
Originally developed by Dr. Susan Johnson, EFT revolutionized the field of couple therapy by introducing a new way of exploring couple dynamics through experiencing. I have had the honour of being a student and trainee of EFT since 2003.
Book recommendation: Hold Me Tight -Susan Johnson
Family Therapy (Emotional Focused- Family Therapy - EFFT)
I have several requests from adult children wanting to mend relationships with their parents. I work with families, specifically those with adult children, to mend bonds and heal fractures within their relationships using systemic and experiential interventions. As an EFFT therapist with families, I focus on the emotional experiences and problematic patterns within the family system that block family members from accessing the source of their desired connection, to create new patterns and deepen emotional accessibility and responsiveness.
"EFFT provides a practical approach to engaging families at an emotional level. Accessing, processing, and connecting family members through the power of emotional experience promotes healing and fosters a family’s resilience to the everyday and unexpected challenges of life."
Emotionally Focused family Therapy: Restoring Connection and Promoting Resilence
-James L. Furrow, Gail Palmer, S.M Johnson, G. Faller and L. Palmer- Olsen
College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario, crpo.org
Registered Psychotherapist, (RP)
Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association ccpa-accp.ca
Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC)
Since November 2003
Canadian Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (camft.ca)
Registered Marriage and Family Therapist (RMFT- SQ)
Ontario Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (oamft.ca)
Certified Couple and Family Therapist (CCFT)
American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, (aamft.org)
Clinical Fellow (RMFT- SQ)
Society for the Study of Culture and Psychiatry
McGIll Summer Institute in Transcultural Psychiatry
Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy™
Advanced Core Skills Training 2006
Emotion-Focused Family Therapy (EFT)
Emotion Focused Family Therapy (EFFT)
World Association of Cultural Psychiatry
Family SIg Member
Somatic Experiencing Practitionner™- Dr Peter Levine
Coping with Change
Couple /Marital Distress
Rebuilding Trust /Affairs & Infidelities
Post Traumatic Stress
Recovery from Abuse
Family of Origin Conflict
Social Challenges to Identity
Personal Identity Development
Coping with Chronic Illness
Personal/Team Stress due to Organizational Change
Executive & Management Support
Addiction /Relapse (in conjunction with Tx)
Families wth Addiction
Return to work
Clinical Supervision is provided to psychotherapists interested in pursuing registration with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO), well as the Canadian Association for Marriage and Family Therapy or AAMFT.
For more information please call: 613 523 0791.
What is a Registered Marriage (Couple) and Family Therapist?
A registered marriage and family therapist is a mental health practitioner who, in addition to assessing psychological problems, applies systemic relational therapy to the family/cultural context. Systemic relational therapies grew out of marriage and family therapy. Registered Marriage and Family Therapists (RMFT's), hold a master’s degree or doctoral degree as well as specialized training that includes at least two years of 1,000 clinical hours and experience supervised by a marriage and family therapist. Upon completion of the necessary requirements. an MFT is permitted in Canada, to use the protected title " Registered Marriage and Family Therapist" (RMFT) .
In addition to finding a qualified MFT practitioner, it is important to work with someone you and your partner can trust and feel comfortable working with in a counselling environment.
RMFT's have been instrumental in establishing and maintaining the highest standards in Psychotherapy and Clinical Supervision in Canada.