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.
Whether you're looking to improve your mental health, build stronger relationships, or face personal challenges I'm here to help. I see psychotherapy as an engaging process of discovery, where I will professionally support you as we work towards your goals at a pace that works for you. As your therapist you can rely on me to work collaboratively with you to foster insight, self-compassion, and a deeper understanding of your emotions and needs.
My clinical practice has supported clients to face a range of concerns including anxiety, OCD, relationships issues, eating disorders/body image concerns, social anxiety, sexuality and/or gender identity concerns, grief, depression, trauma and existential questions. I draw upon a number of approaches including Person-Centred Psychodynamic Therapy, CBT, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, Internal Family Systems, and DBT. 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 process.