I am a compassionate, trauma informed therapist. I hold a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Toronto (collaborative degree in addictions and mental health). I received a Bachelor of Arts from Nipissing University and an Honours Bachelor of Social Work from Lakehead University. I am a registered member in good standing with the College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers in Ontario. I am also a certified Compassion Fatigue trainer.
I have been a resident of Muskoka for over 35 years. After working in Community Services at the District of Muskoka as the social worker supporting the Addictions and Mental Health program for a number of years, I have now ventured out on a new path and have just established my own practice in October of 2018.
I am committed to valuing the fundamental uniqueness of all clients. Respect for individual needs, goals, values, and points of view are at the heart of my service. As I work side by side with clients, my hope is to teach and empower individuals, to understand and express their feelings and emotions in a safe, caring, and supportive environment in order to promote growth and healing.
I believe our success together will be based on our ‘fit” as a team. Clients are the architects of their own lives. I simply “walk by their sides” always focusing on individual strengths as we set goals together and explore areas of concern.
My approach is based on honouring each client’s journey with dignity and respect. I consider myself to be an open non-judgmental listener and I work with an open heart. I will assist in managing the unhealthy chatter in our heads, which often proves to be our biggest personal challenge. Unhelpful reactions to our thoughts and feelings can lead to problems with anxiety and depression as well as addictive and avoidant behaviours. However, when we learn to understand the root causes of our distress and negative thinking, we can learn to release unwanted emotions and behaviours that are often the after-effects of traumatic incidents.