AREAS OF PRACTICE & MY APPROACH

Compassionate, Relational, Thoughtful, Curious, & Ethical

AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • LGBT friendly, including detransitioners, desisters, re-identifiers, and post-trans folks.

  • Identity exploration.

  • Gender dysphoria (sex and/or gender roles and expectations).

  • Body dysmorphia.

  • Existential concerns: meaning & purpose, death anxiety, chronic & terminal illnesses, grief & loss, death & dying.

  • Emotional well-being: identifying emotional triggers and patterns in living that are causing difficulties; working together to create and implement meaningful change.

  • Life transitions: changes in family structure, educational changes, career change, retirement.

  • Concurrent disorders: mental health and addictions.

  • Mental health: depression, anxiety, trauma, including developmental and complex trauma.

  • Addictions: alcohol and substance use.

MY APPROACH

  • I am known for being kind and perceptive.

  • I will work with you to increase your self-compassion and self-knowledge, and broaden your awareness.

  • I will support you to develop skills that promote psychological flexibility.

  • I work to demystify the therapeutic process and support self-efficacy, bodily autonomy, and personal agency.

  • It is clinically important to slow down and take time to explore details around your thoughts, feelings/emotions, behaviours, and relational contexts.

  • I will support you to identify and explore repeated, and sometimes unnoticed or out-of-awareness, patterns in your assumptions, beliefs, thinking, feelings, behaviour, and relationships.

  • I work with a focus on the present and a view to the future; however, sometimes there are events from the past that continue to colour the present in unhelpful ways (via memories, thoughts, emotions, sensations, behaviours & patterns) and these events will require attention.

  • I am primarily non-directive in my work, though I will say something if I think you are making a mistake.

  • Depending on the issue being addressed in our work, I may recommend commitments for you to make in-between session, such as a written or active exercise.

THERAPEUTIC MODELS & INTERVENTIONS

  • Biopsychosocial approach.

  • ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy)​.

  • Existential Therapy.

  • Exploratory Therapy.

  • Attachment-informed.

  • Mindfulness practices and body awareness.

  • DBT (Dialectical Behavioural Therapy).

  • Developmental understanding of identity formation.