My approach when working with clients is compassionate, warm and client centered. In order to support my clients, I believe it is important to understand and honor their story. Our therapeutic journey starts off by building a safe, caring and non-judgemental environment. This allows clients to explore thoughts and emotions from their experience.
All individuals are capable of growth, fulfilment and change. My role is to walk alongside my clients and support them on their journey. I believe everyone is unique and therefore I tailor therapeutic sessions to meet the needs of clients. One of my goals is to empower and support my clients in ways that promote their strengths, inner resiliencies and healing. I assist clients in developing coping skills for self-regulation, fostering awareness, recognizing emotions and providing tools they need to overcome barriers that hinder growth.
I use an attachment-based approach when connecting with my clients. I believe all healing comes from the relationship we have with others and most importantly the one we have with ourselves. I incorporate other modalities in my work to meet the needs and goals of my clients —including cognitive-behavioural (CBT), narrative therapy, mindfulness, sand tray, expressive art therapy and strength-based approaches. I am also trained in therapeutic play, which allows me to connect with my younger clients on another level. I have experience working with clients who are struggling with a diverse range of issues including depression, anxiety, stress, life transition, emotional regulation, self-esteem, trauma, relationship challenges, family of origin issues and grief.
When I am not working, I spend my time practicing what I preach to my clients: SELF CARE. While it is harder said than done, it is crucial to balance all the aspects of one’s life. When done correctly, the possibilities from a healthy lifestyle are endless. In my down time, you can find me reading one of my favorite books, sipping on tea or practicing yoga. I also enjoy travelling as it allows me to immerse myself in new cultures filled with delicious food, art, traditions and moments of gratitude.
The greatest piece of advice I've received:
Trust the process! There was a time in my life where I felt like nothing was going the way I wanted and I was faced with what seemed like endless struggles. A close friend told me to breathe and to trust the process because everything happens for a reason and if something doesn’t unfold the way you were hoping for it to, it just means that there is something bigger and better waiting to happen. This has been something I have held on to for years.
Something on my bucket list:
One thing on my bucket list is to travel to as many countries as I can. The pandemic has made me realize how much I miss traveling to other countries and immersing myself in their culture, music and FOOD!
My top 3 values:
If I was an animal I'd be...
If I were an animal, I would probably be a monkey probably because they are playful, adventurous and intelligent.
I have a day totally to myself, with no obligations. Where would you find me?
You would probably find me in a cuddled up with a book, a scented candle and some tea.
If I could have a super power..
If I could have one superpower I would probably learn how to fly!
My Myers-Briggs personality type:
ESFJ: The Consul
Populations I Work With
Children and youth age 5-17
Areas of Practice
Family of origin issues
My Therapeutic Modalities
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
Expressive Arts Therapy