I consider it a privilege to work with people on a host of psychological issues, and adopt a flexible treatment approach to meet the unique needs of each one of my clients. Whether it's through modifying habitual negative thinking, coping with pain, depression and anxiety, or understanding unhelpful patterns in relationships, I help my clients make positive changes in their lives. My educational background includes degrees from Yale University and University of Toronto, and I am a Registered Psychotherapist in good standing in the province of Ontario. For the past five years I have run a private practice and have also worked extensively in post-motor vehicle accident rehabilitation.
Why should patients choose you as their provider instead of others in the area?
Clients should feel confident choosing me as their therapist because I don't adopt a standardized or manualized approach to treatment. Instead, I opt to listen actively and ask exploratory questions in session, which allows me to develop a better sense of what makes my clients unique as individuals and what would help them to better cope with the challenges that bring them into therapy. I ask my clients to work hard inside and outside of session to make meaningful changes that are actually going to matter, and last.
What are the top 3 treatments that you focus on?
As a person-centered therapist I bear in mind that no two people are exactly alike, and craft approaches to treatment that incorporate concrete strategies for symptom relief and also allow for deeper exploration, drawing from Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Gestalt, and Existential modalities. CBT helps people learn to identify, question and change how their thoughts, attitudes and beliefs relate to the emotional and behavioural reactions that cause them difficulty. Gestalt Therapy and Existential Therapy focus on emotional experiences in the present moment and the search for meaning and authenticity, often allowing for deep and impactful therapeutic work.
What are you proud of in your practice?
I'm proud of my ability to offer reflections and insights to clients that help them to see their lives and struggles in a different way. I consider psychotherapy to be meaningful and highly personal work that transcends the surface-level nature of many everyday interactions. It's an honor to be able to take that work on with clients and to make a living off of something so honest and rewarding, something that quite frankly, doesn't feel like a job to me.
Which cases do you enjoy treating? Why?
It's always satisfying when someone comes into therapy and has an "Aha!" moment, when they realize a change that they could make to improve their lives and how they are feeling, such as changing their career or managing a relationship with a draining and negative person. Such revelations may not always spring from my therapeutic insignts, but from the opportunity that psychotherapy offers to explore life struggles in greater depth. Although much of psychotherapy can involve slow and steady progress, it really reaffirms my faith in the work and in my profession when big, impactful moments like these occur.