Registered Psychotherapist and Trainer
I am a registered psychotherapist, Canadian certified counsellor and safeTALK and ASIST trainer based in downtown Toronto along the subway line and in the Beach community in Toronto. In addition to my mental health work, I have volunteered at a local non-profit mental health organization on the front lines and on the board. I like to edit horror fiction for fun. I also have a young teenage son who I adore.
Transition from Law to Mental Health
For years, I practised as a lawyer at top tier law firms in Downtown Toronto and London (England). I gained a practical edge in a legal department at a financial institution in England. I followed this by working on the trading floor at a financial institution in the financial district of New York during 9/11 before moving back to Toronto to practice law. Then I decided to bring more of what I loved about the practice of law into my work days. In 2010, I began a series of changes with life-altering impact that continue today as I transitioned from practising law to practising psychotherapy, counselling and training.
I earned a master of education in counselling psychology and a bachelor of arts degree at the University of Toronto as well as a bachelor of laws at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University. Since then, I completed post-graduate training in narrative therapy at The Hincks-Dellcrest Centre/Gail Appel Institute, suicide intervention and suicide alertness at LivingWorks Education and cybercounselling at the University of Toronto and Worldwide Therapy Online Inc., internal family systems therapy at Pesi, Inc. and EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) basic training approved by EMDR International Association.
Compassionate and Client Focussed
I work from a cognitive behavioural and solution-focussed perspective and also offer EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing). My approach is compassionate, strengths-based and collaborative. This means that together we will consider how your thoughts, feelings and behaviours connect. We will look at what has worked and what has not worked. This will mean exploring skills you want to grow or skills you lost touch with. We will consider what life might look like if the problem that brought you to therapy were gone. Of course, we will also talk about where you want to go and how you might get there.
“We can always take a different path, retrace our steps, go back, repeat a track, or stay on the same road for some time. At the beginning of the journey we are not sure where it will end, nor what will be discovered.” – Alice Morgan