Sometimes life is unkind, confusing, scary, painful. Sometimes we're out of balance, grieving or in need of new skills. Sometimes we can better make sense of things with the support of a skilled professional.
It's important to be able to come to terms with our experiences and integrate them in ways that allow for greater peace of mind. Doing so is a healthy response to adversity, whether we're living through it now, or it occurred years ago. In claiming greater health and wellbeing, we free ourselves up to enjoy continued growth and all the fruits of flourishing. As we discover our expanded capacities, we can move forward with more confidence, wholeness and empowerment. This process can involve challenging terrain, and that's where the care of an experienced therapist can be key. If we work together, I will serve as a listener, a holder of your truth, a curious explorer, a creative ally, an insightful consultant, a knowledgeable resource, a safer space in which you can know you matter without question.
There's often confusion about these terms and how they compare to one another. Counselling is generally a solution-focused approach that assists with decision-making and accessing resources. Examples would be making choices during a medically-complex pregnancy or figuring out if you want to change jobs. Psychotherapy is an approach to mental health that aims to bring about positive change in one’s thinking, feeling, behaviours and social functioning. Examples would be addressing depression or anxiety, healing from trauma or developing new communication skills. Counselling and psychotherapy are often interwoven, education can be a component of both, and both are within the scope of registered social work services in Ontario.
I provide services to individuals and couples aged 18 and over. While my skill set is applicable for a wide range of concerns, I'm experienced and educated more in some areas than others. Concerns I am well-equipped to support you with include:
Evidence consistently shows that the quality of the therapeutic relationship is JUST as important as any therapeutic techniques that are used. What does that mean? It means that the rapport and goodness-of-fit between client and therapist greatly determines the effectiveness and outcomes of any psychotherapy. For this reason, I require that all potential clients complete a free, 15-minute phone call with me so we can assess if we are likely to work well together. I want to respect your time, and I want you to be as well as possible. If we're a match, great, let's get to work. If not, please allow me to refer you to someone else who can better serve you. To book your call to assess our mutual suitability, please email or call:
The honest answer to this is highly variable, and even after the 15-minute consult, I'll probably only be able to give you a ballpark estimate. It depends upon your areas of concern, your resources, what your goals are, and the process of addressing them. Some problems are addressed in a single session using a brief therapy approach, others require several sessions. Some people (myself included) like to do therapy on an on-going, indefinite basis because being human is complex and it can be great to have a professional someone with whom you can work through things. As with other aspects of health, psychotherapy isn't a one-size-fits-all. Your experience -- including the number of sessions -- will be unique to you.
Social work services are often covered by insurance benefits. Check with your provider. If they're not covered, or if you don't have benefits, registered social work services are claimable as a health expense because social workers are regulated mental health professionals. In my practice, all fees are payable at the time service is rendered, and receipts are issued so you can submit them to insurance or claim them when you do your taxes.