The biggest gift in my career is seeing people find hope and start smiling again. I summarize what I do as helping individuals navigate life's difficulties. I offer practical strategies to help individuals regain some control over their situation. I use simple language and examples to help demystify anxiety, grief, or emotional reactions due to trauma.
I use a variety of approaches, based on your goals/needs. Whether you need short-term counselling of long-term psychotherapy, I am here to help.
* note: the individual in the photo is a model, not a client.
My clinical approaches include: psycho-education, cognitive behavioural therapy, ego state therapy, and narrative therapy. I assist individuals with life transitions, in particular life changes caused by illness or injury, chronic pain, grief, mental illness, sexual orientation, identity or childhood trauma. I have found that integrating sandtray or writing exercises into my practice assists clients in finding their voice, their strength and their individual path. As well, they get to know themselves better and increase in self-esteem and confidence.
I am a Registered Member with the Ontario College
of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. Reg. # 820503.
I completed a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from McGill University, Montréal, and a Master’s degree in Social Work from
Memorial University, in Newfoundland.
I am a provider for NIHB (First Nations & Inuit Mental Health Program) Provider # 1317242.
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Next group begins in early 2019, pls add your name to the waiting list via the contact me form. Maximum 10 participants. $150 for 5 weeks.
We will use the Zoom video meeting platform.
I offer video-counselling to individuals who are unable to come to my office due to illness, mobility issues, distance, or lack of services in their community. Your needs will be assessed in an initial 15 minute discussion to see if this is best option for you. I use Skype or Facetime.
The fee is $130 for 50 minutes, payable by e-transfer or through this website. The cancellation fee as described in the confidentiality and consent form applies.
Video counselling would be appropriate for learning strategies to cope with stress and anxiety, dealing with grief, receiving support if you are caring for a loved one who is ill, helping you problem solve, make changes in your life, or manage a difficult situation. It would also be appropriate for the therapeutic writing process that I offer.
Video-counselling, though convenient, has limitations and risks:
If you feel my services might be right for you, please call me at 613-899-2734 so we can discuss your goals and set up an intake appointment. My regular fee is $130/50 mins. There is currently a waiting list for anyone requiring payment on a sliding scale. Check with your employee benefit plan to see if the services of Social Work (MSW) are covered. You may require a doctor's note for your insurance company.