- Bachelor of Arts (Honours Psychology with Thesis), University of Windsor
- Master of Arts (Clinical Psychology), Illinois School of Professional Psychology/Argosy University
- Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Psychology), Illinois School of Professional Psychology/Argosy University
- College of Psychologists of Ontario
- Ontario Psychological Association
- Canadian Psychological Association
My Approach to Psychotherapy
I strive to work collaboratively with each client to determine the best approach given the person’s individualized needs. My treatment approach is eclectic and draws from person-centered therapy, cognitive-behavioural therapy, solution-focused therapy, emotion-focused therapy, motivational interviewing, positive psychology, and training in mindfulness and relaxation techniques. Often the initial focus is more on the ‘here and now’ to help relieve distress or reach specific goals, followed by a process to address any lifelong patterns and/or underlying issues that might make recurrence a possibility.
Productive psychotherapy occurs within the context of a positive therapeutic relationship between the therapist and client, so often times the first one or two sessions are focused on a consultation to review the client’s concerns and for us to see if we are a good fit to work together. During this time, I will make recommendations for a treatment plan and will ask for the client’s feedback. If it is determined that a client’s specific needs may be better serviced elsewhere, alternative referrals will be provided.
Psychotherapy should do more than simply alleviate your symptoms; it should build your emotional intelligence and resilience. Every crisis and/or challenge is an opportunity to learn something about yourself and to continue to develop healthier coping skills to help prevent and manage relapses.
What to Expect
During an initial complimentary telephone consultation, which is completely confidential, we will discuss your needs and I will answer any questions regarding the type of issues that I am qualified to treat. If your case is not appropriate to my practice, I can provide you with a referral to another practitioner.
Following this telephone consultation, I will book your first appointment. There is no commitment for ongoing therapy. Frequency of meetings and the amount of sessions is a joint decision between the client and the therapist, and can always be changed depending on whether or not your goals are being met.
Psychological services are in keeping with current best practice standards of care. For example, studies show that depression, anxiety, and many adjustment disorders have significantly better outcomes with the use of psychological treatment and medication, rather than with medication alone.