The process of therapy is often very rewarding as small steps are taken in a new direction.
Therapy is most beneficial when the relationship with the therapist is strong and non-judgmental. It is important that the therapeutic relationship be one of trust and integrity so that you feel that you have an ally in celebrating your efforts, and an objective partner to assist you in discerning patterns which have an impact on the problem. Some of my clients have told me how beneficial it has been to have a “coach” or guide who provides a safe, neutral place from which to explore alternative approaches to a particular struggle. It is important for the therapist to be realistic in understanding the obstacles which are making you feel “stuck”, and yet also positively reinforce your inner resources and capability to overcome the stuck points given a different lens.
My professional background is in social work. I have worked in the field for the past 17 years. I completed my bachelor and master’s degrees in Social Work at McGill University, and then was accepted into a post-graduate program in Couple and Family Therapy (AAMFT). I have been working as a therapist in private practice for the past six years, and am experienced and skilled in working with a wide variety of presenting issues in couples, families, and with adolescents. Some of these presenting issues have included:
- school related difficulties (academic, social or behavioural)
- parenting challenges
- the onset of risky behaviours in adolescence
- relationship difficulties in families or in couples
- crises related to illness, loss
- work relating to depression, anxiety, perfectionism
I try to understand how your struggle “fits” with who you are in your various roles as well as how the struggle may be linked to your family, community, and cultural contexts. My focus is, for the most part, based on the present day situation but I may ask some questions about your family background and family belief system in order to clarify how these may be affecting the current situation.
I love my work and feel privileged to be a part of a transformation process alongside my clients. It is very satisfying to see how this work fosters healing and growth in self and in relationships.