"The Day You Find Yourself Will Be The Most Beautiful Day, Because After That - You Will Never Accept Less Than You Deserve" - Ruby Dhal
As none of us are immune to life’s challenges - I am certainly no exception. I truly believe that those of us who have acquired scars and have done our own work, are the ones who make the most effective helping professionals. As a therapist (and an HSP) I offer my clients authenticity, empathy, and compassion from a place of humbled knowing. I have not walked your path, but I have walked one that led me to reach out because what I was carrying became too heavy to carry alone. I truly respect the strength within my clients that allows them to show up and be vulnerable - as I came to respect it in myself. The space I offer is genuine, safe, and free of judgement (and at times may come with humour); where you will be truly seen and heard.
Professionally, I am a Registered Social Worker with a Masters of Social Work Degree from King’s University College at the University of Western Ontario. Post-graduation I completed several certificates and comprehensive training in several modalities including: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and The Gottman Method for couples. I have also had the privilege of gaining extensive experience through years of working with the LGBTQIA+ community, individuals who have experienced trauma, abuse, unhealthy relationships, and work from a trauma informed perspective.
We know that the majority of what supports positive change in therapy is the relationship that you form with your therapist, and therefore finding someone that you truly connect with is incredibly important. Knowing this, if you feel like I might be a good fit for you, please reach out and I would be happy to provide you with a free 20 minute consultation. This consultation allows me an opportunity to gain an understanding of what you're looking for in therapy (and in a therapist), it allows you a space to ask any questions you might have, and allows us to decide if beginning our work together is right for you.
I know the thought of counselling might seem intimidating, but taking the first step of a journey always is. It's through discomfort that we always find the most growth and the process of therapy is no different.
If you are in the Stratford, Tavistock, Shakespeare, New Hamburg, or Kitchener-Waterloo area and are interested in either individual counselling or couples counselling, please reach out today!