I am a Registered Psychotherapist who works with individuals and couples experiencing a wide range of challenging experiences and situations including: depression, mood and anxiety issues including phobias and panic, obsessive thoughts and behaviors, personality disorders, the after-effects of trauma and PTSD, dissociative disorders, self-harming behaviors, unwanted substance, sex or gambling, relationship challenges including intimacy, sex and communication issues, general life stress and life transitions, job dissatisfaction, self-esteem, difficulty with anger, eating disorders, self-harming behaviors, chronic pain and health issues, and the process of loss and grief.
As a therapist with a long history of working in the field of trauma treatment I feel distinctly equipped to work with clients who are experiencing the after-effects of complex trauma including dissociative disorders, emotional disregulation, intrusive symptoms such as flashbacks and nightmares, and avoidant strategies leading to phobias, obsessions and increased isolation.
I currently work in my psychotherapy practice in the West end of Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), and in the Cobourg and Port Hope area East of the city. I offer individual and couple therapy as well as clinical supervision and consultation to others in the community.
I am a Registered Psychotherapist regulated by the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). Since 2003 I have been a Clinical Member in good standing of the Ontario Society of Psychotherapists.
Therapy sessions are generally scheduled once a week or once every two weeks, and are usually 50 minutes long. The frequency and length of sessions is open for discussion and we can negotiate and renegotiate as your needs change and availability permits. At times, couple therapy may require longer sessions. Therapy via telephone is also possible for those who are unable to attend in person at either my Toronto or Cobourg/Port Hope office. As with many aspects of therapy, we will discuss, agree upon, and revisit our schedule as therapy progresses and life changes unfold.
My fees are negotiated and set in collaboration with each new and existing client. There are a limited number of spaces set aside at a reduced rate. I value open, honest conversations about peoples’ financial needs as situations may change while you are engaged in therapy.
I accept referrals from employee assistance providers, health benefit providers and the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board. If you are part of an employee assistance program, your coverage may reimburse for my services as a Registered Psychotherapist. I can also provide psychological services under the supervision of a Registered Psychologist, which alternatively may be covered by insurance plans. Please feel free to contact me to discuss this in more detail.
Payment is due at each session and can be made by cash, cheque or e-transfer on the day of the session. I am glad to provide receipts for payment. In order to offer your appointment time to another client I do require at least 48 hours notice for cancellation or appointment change. If less than 48 hours is provided I will do my best to fill the appointment time with another client, but if this is not possible the full fee will be charged.
how do I start?
To begin, you can contact me, and we can schedule an initial free telephone consultation. This is a chance for us to get a sense of one another, and an opportunity for you to ask questions and talk about what is bringing you to therapy. We will also ensure that my skills meet your needs and look at availability and fees. From there we may schedule a first appointment where we can meet and begin. The first few sessions I’ll invite you to tell me about yourself, your history and your story. This is the beginning of therapy where you tell your story in whatever way feels right to you. This telling, retelling, editing, reflecting and exploring is the heart of therapy and begins the process of change.