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Individual Counselling Sessions
During this time of social distancing I am offering sessions through a secure and confidential online video chat platform or contact me to discuss how I'm offering in-person sessions. Take care everyone!
I provide one hour, individual sessions for adults in a comfortable, private space. I offer appointments during the daytime, some evenings, and from November to May on Saturday mornings.
I use a combination of approaches, including mindfulness, emotion-focused, person-centred, attachment-based, strength-based, feminist, and implementing self-compassion, to explore one's own emotions and triggers and to learn how to live in the moment, understand what has been challenging you, how the issue is affecting you and your daily life, and then start to make the positive changes you are looking for.
I approach clients from a compassionate, non-judgemental, open-minded, attentive, and ethical perspective as I support them to make positive changes in their lives.
If you are in crisis please either attend the Emergency Department of Oshawa Lakeridge Health or call 911.
Are you struggling with:
Anxiety and/or Depression
Abuse/Intimate Partner Violence
Blended Family Issues
Collaborative Law Family Professional
As a Collaborative Law Family Professional, I bring several years of family law experience from my role as a family court support worker and legal support worker at a local non-profit agency supporting abused women involved in the family law process. My experience with the family court process has lead me to my work as a Collaborative Law Family Professional in that I've witnessed the damage that can be done to families when the unresolved emotions of separation are allowed to interfere with the process.
A family professional is a neutral professional who supports the couple to identify and settle issues that can be emotionally and financially draining as they move through the separation process . Along with your lawyers and other neutral professionals, I work to support you both in creating a separation agreement that is best for you and your family, support you as parents in creating and implementing an practical parenting plan, foster an effective co-parenting relationship, and support you to be your best self through the process.
Along with my U of T MSW degree which focused on Children and Families, I have completed Level 1 & 2 of the Collaborative Law training program along with a Masters level course in Family Mediation, and I have also completed several trainings related to Intimate Partner Violence and Family Law. My experience also includes facilitating groups with teen survivors of childhood sexual abuse, women survivors of Intimate Partner Violence and adults struggling with mental health issues.
As well as being a private practice counsellor and therapist and Collaborative Law Family Professional, I also work at the Durham Court House Family Law Information Centre (FLIC) facilitating mediation intakes, providing resources, and co-facilitating the Mandatory Information Program (MIP) sessions.
See the Collaborative Law Durham website for more information about the Collaborative Law process.
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
10:00 am - 4:00 pm (November - April)
9:00 am - 1:00 pm (May - October)
9:00 am - 12:00 pm (November - April)