Life can present us with many different relationship dynamics, expectations, responsibilities, and loss. At times, the emotions associated with these challenges can feel intense and overwhelming.
Therapy is a safe place in which to explore past and present experiences, process emotions, gain insight, practice new strategies, and develop new perspectives. My primary goal is to provide compassionate, yet assertive, support to help people make meaningful change that will empower them to live with more authenticity and satisfaction.
Areas of Focus
- Relationship Issues
- Couples Counselling
- Stress (work/school)
- Stress due to Chronic Pain/Illness
- Grief and Loss
My approach to therapy is greatly influenced by cognitive behavioral therapy, as well as existential therapy. This means that I try to understand how each client experiences the world, as well as identifying what gives them a sense of meaning and satisfaction. As I work from a client-centered framework, I adapt my treatment recommendations based on the needs of the individual or couple. So, I also draw on other therapy modalities as needed (e.g., solution-focused, mindfulness, emotion-focused). I also try to identify any unfulfilled needs within a partnership, and work to help the couple improve their communication and connection with one another.
Currently, I work solely with adult individuals and couples. I have experience working with people impacted by chronic pain conditions, as well as those diagnosed with cancer.
Education and Professional Qualifications
Registered Provisional Psychologist (#1590p)
Master of Education in Counselling Psychology (University of Alberta)
“The pain is there; when you close one door on it, it knocks to come in somewhere else…” Irvin Yalom
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Relationships are difficult. They require time and nurturance, openness and responsiveness, and they may leave us feeling vulnerable and exposed.... read more
Miscommunications and misunderstandings are frequent, which may cause us to view our partners as enemies. But, strong relationships provide the opportunity to be understood, supported, accepted, connected, and to feel loved. As a couples counsellor, my goal is to help partners overcome their communication challenges, and to rebuild their friendship and connection. “It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.” Friedrich Nietzsche
A major health issue, like chronic pain, heart attack, or cancer, can have a significant impact on our emotional well-being. It may also influence the quality ofrelationships, ability to work, quality of sleep, and how we view ourselves..... read more
The vision we had for our futures may additionally be lost. As such, my goal is to help people impacted by major health issues to process emotions, to develop alternative perspectives and strategies, and to create a new vision for their futures – in doing so, my goal is to help people improve the quality of their lives. “I got satisfaction out of doing things that were difficult. It was an incredible feeling. The pain was there, but the pain didn’t matter.” Terry Fox