I am a registered Psychotherapist (RP) and Certified AEDP Therapist in private practice since 2010. I live and work on the sacred land of Tkaronto (Toronto, Canada), which has been the site of human activity for 15,000 years, and is the traditional territory of many First Nations including the Wendat and Mississaugas of the Credit. I have been profoundly shaped by my own healing process as well as by my spiritual practice and by my patients.
My approach as a therapist is informed by a focus on the body in relationship and in the present moment, the workings of trauma, and the transformative potential of neuroplasticity. I draw from my training in psychodynamic therapy (at the Centre for Training in Psychotherapy) as well as Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (at the AEDP Institute) and Emotion Focussed Therapy (EFT) for couples. I also rely on the power of meditation and mindfulness practices that have recently become mainstream and received much scientific attention but whose roots are ultimately ancient Asian and indigenous practices. Before becoming a therapist I completed a PhD in English literature at the University of Toronto, where I also taught several courses. I have worked as a clinical supervisor and have taught many seminars and workshops both in person and online. I was a participating clinician in the 16-session research study on the efficacy of AEDP (see APA article here).
As a white, cis-gendered, hetero woman, I am in a period of accelerated growth and transition as I seek to better understand the workings of white supremacist society around and within me. I am increasingly convinced that approaching healing through an individual lens is insufficient, and that many of the therapeutic frameworks I have been trained to use cannot be understood separate from the patriarchal, white supremacist society that was the context for their creation. My work to decolonize my practice and myself will be lifelong and is currently a central focus for me.