My journey to become a psychotherapist started while studying psychology and criminology at York University. At the time I had aspirations of one day becoming a Detective. However things took a turn when I started volunteering for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, where I discovered that my true passion lay in helping other to improve work on their mental health.
After some time volunteering with Queen West Community Health Centre (and managing a tattoo shop), I returned to school in 2011 to pursue my Master of Social Work at the University of Toronto. While in school I completed a 2 year specialized psychotherapy placement with Mount Sinai Hospital in the Department of Psychiatry. Since then I have worked as a Social Worker and Psychotherapist at the Village Family Health Team, Toronto General Hospital, and Toronto Metropolitan University.
From day one we will work together to uncover and develop goals that will help you find balance and live the life you want. I believe going to therapy is more than just leaving the session feeling good, it is also about gaining a better understanding your emotions and needs, while building a better relationship with yourself and those around you. I draw upon a number of approaches including Person-Centred Psychotherapy, Psychodynamic therapy, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, Internal Family Systems (IFS), and CBT . My approach also has a solid grounding in anti-oppressive practice, attachment theory, and the impact of trauma.
One of the unique aspects of my approach is my sense of humour and how I weave it in to help clients develop insights and overcome their fears. Therapy can be a challenging journey, but I believe that a little levity and warmth can be an important part of the lighting the way through the process.