My Approach to Therapy
I am genuine and compassionate, bringing a balance of kindness and directness to therapy. I believe that in order to create change in our lives, it's useful to understand the internal habits that drive our actions. I guide people in identifying patterns in thinking, feeling and behaviour, and explore what it would be like to shift or update these patterns.
Though the tools and techniques that I use in my practice are eclectic, one therapeutic model to which I am particularly drawn is Internal Family Systems, a powerfully transformative, evidence-based approach to integrating wounded parts of the Self.
I am also grounded in the area of Mindfulness. Mindfulness offers people tools for self-awareness and personal transformation. Together, we will pay compassionate attention to your inner world— taking note of thoughts, feelings and body sensations— as they relate to situations in your life. I will support you in making sense of your inner experience, enabling you to understand the root causes of concerns and to navigate the path to healing.
As part of a Mindful way of working, my practice includes tools for Somatic or Body Awareness. When it feels appropriate, I may invite you to pay attention to sensations in the body, as the body can provide us with important information about our feelings.
My work with couples is grounded in Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) and neuroscience. With directness and compassion, I will support you in understanding how childhood dynamics inform present-day relationship patterns. We will identify the existing cycles in your relationship, and then discuss and practice new ways that you can engage with each other. I will support you in developing more security and more joy in your relationship.
I work from an anti-oppressive, harm reduction, and sex-positive stance. Working from an anti-oppressive perspective means that I may, at times, be interested in exploring the ways that racism, sexism, heterosexism, gender binaries, classism, ableism, ageism and fatphobia inform the issues you bring to therapy.
Using a harm reduction perspective means that I support clients in identifying their own goals related to their substance use or other behaviours. I view abstinence as being one valid option on a spectrum of options, and I respect clients' choices regarding these issues.
I also respect the choices in sexual behaviour of my clients regardless of what they may be, as long as they do not unconsensually harm another person. This means that I am available for discussion of issues related to sex and sexuality in your life.