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 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) Provider # 1317242.
You can submit receipts to any Health Benefit Insurance that covers MSW Social Workers. If your insurance does not cover social work, please speak to your union or employer to find out about including social work coverage in your plan.
Do you have a difficult time making decisions?
When talking about yourself do you find you have nothing to say?
Do you look after everyone else and forget about yourself?
Is communicating your needs something you avoid?
In my work, I see these issues frequently. The cause is usually a lack of self-knowledge and manifests as low self-esteem, unequal relationships, interpersonal problems, and a feeling of powerlessness.
Through a series of journal writing exercises, guided reflections and a few fun challenges, you will gain a greater knowledge of yourself and be more in tune to your wants, needs and personal values.
You must commit to eight sessions, and some homework between sessions. Available in person or via video. $125 per hour = $1000 for 8 sessions.
An initial assessment will help us determine your goals. Contact me to see if this approach is for you.
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. Covered by most employee benefit plans. You may require a doctor's note for your insurance company.