I am a Registered Psychotherapist (RP) and Certified AEDP Therapist, practicing in Toronto since 2010. My style is direct and engaged; I do not just sit and listen, and I know that talk and insight are not sufficient to bring about lasting change. My primary aim is for you to have a new and positive experience of yourself, which includes accessing your innate capacities to feel, to know, and to grow. This means we will face difficult things together, but we will do so with the emphasis on finding and developing your strengths and ability to transform who you are and how you relate to yourself and others.
Before becoming a therapist, I earned a PhD in English literature at the University of Toronto and taught several courses there. My therapy training so far has been in psychodynamic psychotherapy (at the Centre for Training in Psychotherapy), Emotionally Focussed Therapy (EFT) for Couples, and Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP). I am a practising clinician in the international research project on the efficacy of 16 sessions of AEDP therapy, and I have run a workshop and seminars on AEDP for therapists in Toronto, Austin Texas, and (remotely) in Israel, as well as assisting at AEDP trainings in New York City. I exceed the CRPO qualifications for clinical supervisors.
Psychotherapy is a complex, ever-evolving field. I am passionate about my ongoing training, which I know will be life-long. I have a lot of experience with dissociation related to complex trauma & I practice and am interested in the healing potential of mindfulness and Buddhist meditation. As a white, cis-gendered female therapist, I am deeply concerned with the workings of privilege in myself, in our society, and in therapy. This includes the ways in which our capitalist, white supremacist society perpetuates obvious harm to Black Indigenous People of Colour resulting in injustice, ongoing trauma, depression, anxiety, and rage. There is also (less obvious and often ignored) harm done to those holding privilege – including disconnection from community, ancestry, humanity, and meaning. I believe the exploration of race — including whiteness for white people — and racialized trauma is essential to health.
As a therapist I rely on the abundant evidence that we all have innate capacities for healing, given the right safe and facilitating environment.