I provide counselling to children, adults, couples, parents and families including those touched by adoption foster and kin care. I endeavour to create a safe space where clients can explore and deepen their understanding of the obstacles they are facing and to find solutions that are a good fit for them. I work collaboratively with my clients, using dialogue and providing feedback, support and encouragement.
Depression, fear, and anxiety are some of the most common and uncomfortable emotions that we can experience as we journey through life, particularly at times of change. Through the counseling process, I encourage you to compassionately explore your challenges so you can develop and recover balance, perspective, and joy in your life.
Families are often our greatest source of strength as well as stress. I provide counselling to families who may be struggling to find way to resolve differences and deepen connections. This may include the entire family together or parents on their own if parenting challenges have been identified. Children may also be seen on their own if this has been identified as the most effective approach but I prefer to involve the parents in any counselling provided to children.
Relationship counseling can be beneficial to couples who are looking to strengthen their emotional connection, in all stages of their relationship. Therapy sessions are held with couples together to discuss issues and solutions to repair, strengthen and deepen your relationship.
Being raised outside your birth family is a life-altering experience. Even when the family that raised you was loving, you may have experienced loss and confusion about your birth family. I provide counselling to explore what this experience has meant in your life and how it may have affected your identity and relationships. I help you make sense of your experiences so that you can heal and embrace your history and fully realize and express your true self.
When children come into foster care or join their adoptive or kin families, they may bring unresolved trauma and loss that affects their ability to build a safe and trusting relationship with their new parents. Many children struggle with rejection and shame which can interfere with their ability to form a secure attachment in your family. However, it is within the context of family relationships that healing occurs and security is built. Working with you and your child together in the session we collaborate to strengthen attachment security and encourage gentle exploration of losses to faciliate healing.
Most birth parents who placed a child for adoption or lost a child to foster or kin care say it was the most difficult loss of their lives leaving them feeling alone, confused and grieving. If this was your experience, you may feel unable to talk about your loss or have kept it secret for many years. You may be a birth sibling, or grandparent or other family member who may wish to talk to someone about your lost birth relative. Talking about this loss and working through the grief can be a healing experience and I am here to support you on this journey.
I offer a free 15 minute telephone consultation to ensure that my services and approach are a match for your needs. Fees will be discussed during this initial consultation.
211 Consumers Road, Ste. 301-2, Toronto, Ontario