Affirming your relationship with yourself (i.e., self affirmation) can enable you to better show up in relationships external to you. This is the work that I do with you.
Therapy is a deeply personal experience that oftentimes invites feelings of discomfort but has the potential to be transformative.
As a systemic therapist, I recognise that you do not exist in a vacuum and view you in relation to your connections (past, present, and even future). I consider how context (e.g. relationships, culture, society) influences individual experience and mental health.
In my work with clients, the problem is the problem; it is not who you are, but instead, what you are experiencing.
I attune to influences like systemic violence, relational trauma, and stress as clients work towards healing, empowerment, and oftentimes resistance.
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Please note that currently, I do not have any capacity to work with clients who are at high risk. That is, those experiencing recent (in the last 3 months) or current Intimate partner violence and/or domestic violence, current active suicidal ideation/attempts.
"Settling for the view that illnesses, mental or physical, are primarily genetic allows us to avoid disturbing questions about the nature of society we live in. If "science" enables us to ignore poverty [...] and stressful social culture as contributors to disease, we can look only to simply answers: pharmacological and biological."
I work collaboratively with you to identify and understand:
Myth #1: A common misconception is that therapy is and should be a "last resort".
Subsequently, many people do themselves a disservice by waiting until things seem unfixable/overwhelming to seek therapeutic support. At this point, they react out of a place of desperation and urgency and hope that therapy will be a quick, saving grace.
Favorable outcomes are correlated with therapy for the purposes of proactivity and maintenance.
This is not to say that therapy cannot be helpful even if it is a last resort. With that, what you should know is:
Therapy is a PROCESS that requires commitment, time, and patience.
Myth #2: Another common misconception is that you need to be in active distress or experiencing a "problem" to benefit from therapy.
Having a dedicated space to reflect, speak openly, and have meaningful conversations with someone who has the capacity, insight, and skills to engage with you in the manner you need can be affirming and uplifting
Experiences of subjugation, oppression, marginalization, dehumanization, brutality, & criminalization inflicted on you (and your communities and ancestral lines) because of your identities and ways of being
Internalized "-isms" & "-phobias"
Racial Identity (BIPOC)
Gender and Sexuality (LGBTQ2IA+)
Intercultural relationships (e.g. interracial, interethnic, interfaith)
Attachment and self-worth
Relationship Ambivalence (stay or go?)
Communication and Conflict
Adjusting to expected and unexpected, welcomed and unwelcomed changes
Feeling and identifying your emotions, Emotion Processing and Regulation
Anger, Anxiety, Fear, Grief
My standard rate is $165+HST per 50 minutes. For payment, I require a card to be uploaded to your secure electronic file, and bill you directly. You would be able to submit receipts to your insurance company if they cover services offered by a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying).
Session length is determined by therapeutic benefit, therapy goals, and client preferences. Sessions can range from 50 to 80 mins, at a pro-rated price.
I have a 48 hour late cancellation and late reschedule policy. The full session fee is applied to no-shows and sessions cancelled or rescheduled with less than 48 hours notice.