Psychotherapy

Since completing my Masters in Social Work in 1993, I have worked in a variety of social service and mental health settings. I opened a part-time private psychotherapy practice in 2004. I am a Registered Social Worker.

I work from anti-oppression, client-centred and psychodynamic perspectives. This means that:

  • I respect the goals, perspectives and pace that you bring to therapy.
  • I work to understand you and your experiences in the context of your experiences and relationships (past and present) and the society in which we live.

A main therapeutic approach I use with individuals is hypnosis, but I borrow also from interpersonal, brief solution focused, cognitive-behavioural, motivational counseling and mindfulness. I am especially interested in the ways in which the unconscious is helpful in making change. I am also interested in the intersections between emotional and spiritual life.

When working with couples, I am influenced by teachers and writers such as Esther Perel, Stan Tatkin, and Sue Johnson.

My experience has included individual, group, couples and family psychotherapy with youth and adults on a variety of issues including:

  • drug and alcohol use
  • sexual orientation and gender identity
  • trauma and loss
  • relationships (monogamous, non-monogamous and polyamorous)
  • sexuality (including kink)
  • cultural/ethnic/racial identities
  • self-esteem
  • low mood and anxiety/worry
  • oppression

I supervise other therapists and provide training to service providers in group work and working with marginalized groups including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and transsexual (LGBTT) communities. I have also done academic writing on this latter topic.

Most of the work I do takes place in my west-end Toronto office. Phone and Zoom sessions may also be arranged.

I am also a writer, and periodically take time away from my practice to write and tour.  You can find out more about that part of my life here.

 

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