"Compassion……. a basic kindness, with a deep awareness of the suffering of oneself and of living things, coupled with the wish and effort to relieve it ." - Paul Gilbert
I believe no one should have to try to navigate personal challenges alone. My passion in therapy is to partner with my clients to create a trusting relationship that can foster healing, personal growth, and positive life change. Therefore, it is my pleasure to extend hope and a path toward healing and wholeness to anyone caught in life’s struggles.
I am a registered psychotherapist and registered nurse with 28 years of combined experience. I offer private and group therapy by video conference.
My ongoing pursuit and passion lie in providing mental and physical support to those undergoing emotional and/or physical turmoil. I value genuineness, thoughtfulness, and kind humour in my therapy practice. Guided by empathy and compassion, I provide a safe, respectful therapeutic atmosphere where we explore your struggles, skill sets, victories, and dreams.
I tailor each session specifically to your goals and needs. You have a unique story that deserves the time and space to be explored. We will work toward you discovering and accepting your authentic self.
As therapy progresses, we will do some exploring to see what’s going on under the surface. I will work with you to identify the places of isolation and hurt in your life. We’ll collaborate to identify healthy coping skills and learn new tools that will ultimately help you reach your goals.
Areas That I Specialize In
I have volunteered on several crisis-focused medical missions, witnessing the effect and toll of mental distress. A particular experience brought my heart back to helping people care more about their mental well-being.
In 2002, I accompanied an ENT/cosmetic surgeon to remote areas in China where we performed corrective surgeries on babies and young adults born with cleft lip and palate birth deformities. Many families reported being shunned and ostracized by their communities due to the physical differences in their children or themselves. The extent of this prejudice also meant that individuals were excluded from receiving medical care; receiving basic education or participating in the greater community.
I was struck by the families’ resilience and endurance while experiencing unjust behaviour and ridicule from their communities. I thought of the perseverance and enormous motivation to seek out medical attention at our outreach clinic.
In 2005, with the Canadian Medical Association of Toronto (CMAT), I embarked on another medical mission to Pakistan for 21 days, shortly after a deadly earthquake. The trauma that affected these people was far beyond physical wounds, as they were traumatized by grief, death, the devastation of their homes, and the struggles ahead.
Collectively, these experiences provided me – with first-hand teaching moments. More significantly, each experience taught me the depth, breadth and range of social challenges. I believe each moment has led me to become a more able, empathetic, objective and compassionate professional.
Training and Certifications
I commit to ongoing professional development and continuing education by engaging in further training.