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 currently a practising clinician in the international research project on the efficacy of 16 sessions of AEDP therapy, and I have run a workshop and seminar on AEDP for therapists in Toronto as well as assisting at AEDP trainings in New York City.
Psychotherapy is a complex, ever-evolving field. I am passionate about my ongoing training and expect it will be life-long. My current approach is informed by research in neuroscience, attachment, emotion, and Internal Family Systems (IFS). I have also practised and am interested in the healing potential of various kinds of mindfulness and Buddhist meditation. As a therapist I rely on the increasing evidence that we all have innate capacities for healing, given the right safe and facilitating environment.