Some clients come to therapy because they need a chance to work through events that have had a negative influence on their wellbeing. Other clients may have never had a chance to know their own desire: what it is that they value and want out of life. Some clients come for support with a specific diagnosis, and others have a vague sense that something is just not right. Sometimes clients have found that they simply benefit from a place to focus on their own mental health. In these, and other cases, my approach is straightforward. I listen and try to help you get in touch with yourself, including parts of yourself that you may not yet know about. Careful and subtle listening forms the basis of my approach to therapy. It is my experience that once painful events have had a chance to be deeply heard and understood, they grip us less tightly. It is then that change becomes possible.While I may at times share information that I think might be helpful to you, I do not generally set goals or give assignments. I find that I work well with clients who enjoy the process of self-reflection. If you do not have practice at this but would like to learn, don’t worry, I’ll give you a hand.
In a world that values quick and concrete results, this may initially seem like an old-fashioned approach. My experience (which has been backed up by studies) tells me that for many people it is a powerful method if you give it a chance.
I have been told that I am empathic, insightful, and non-judgmental.
I am a graduate of the Toronto Institute for Relational Psychotherapy, and a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying). TIRP is widely recognized as being at the forefront of training in the practice of relational psychotherapy. Its unique training model equips therapists to be particularly open to the personal presence that is required of therapists working in a relational model. Feel free to ask me more questions about relational therapy and how it differs from other forms of therapy. I am a member of the Canadian Association for Psychodynamic Therapy and abide by its professional and ethical standards.
I welcome clients who have ongoing experiences of social exclusion and marginalization, and am committed to honest conversation about how these experiences affect not only our histories and everyday lives, but also the therapeutic space itself.
I have a Ph.D. in English Literature. My academic work draws significantly on psychoanalytic theory, including that of relational psychoanalysis. My background in the humanities deeply enriches my practice as a therapist; in fact I often find uncanny similarities between the study of literature and the art of psychotherapy.