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 (RSW).
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.
Main therapeutic approaches I use with individuals are hypnosis and mindfulness but I borrow also from interpersonal, brief solution focused, cognitive-behavioural, and motivational counseling. 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.
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
- low mood and anxiety/worry
I supervise other therapists and have provided 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 will be opening a South Etobicoke office one day per week in late summer 2018.
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.