Counselling

Why people may see a therapistOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Sometimes, experiences in individuals’ lives can affect how they cope with living and getting through each day. Reaching out for support takes courage and strength, so congratulate yourself for making it this far. In working together, we can identify your goals for counselling, and find the means to reach them. As the client, you direct the pace of the sessions, meaning that you decide what feels comfortable for you. I believe that everyone has the answers to their questions within them… as the counsellor, I can help you to process your experiences, identify your strengths and resources, and maximize on them, to help you to get through a difficult time. Counselling can also be an opportunity to think about yourself and the world around you in an introspective way.

My expertise

As an area of expertise, I focus on parents and caregivers whose children (of any age) are struggling with mental health challenges. For families who live with someone with a mental health challenge, there are a number of issues that surface, including dealing with stigma and loneliness, advocating for their child’s rights and needs, knowing how to handle crisis situations, and responding effectively and in a supportive way to their children. Considering all of these issues, no matter how much a parent loves and wants to support their children, the reality is that parents can feel worn down. They may feel helpless at times, and maxed out with trying to support their children. How do parents support them in these times, too? And how do these feelings affect their relationships with their children? Managing this is difficult, and I can support you through this.

I’m here for you, regardless of what is happening

While parenting coaching and therapy is my focus, I am open to working with anyone who feels comfortable talking to me. I am skilled at helping people cope with a variety of issues, including

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • eating disorders/disordered eating
  • self-esteem
  • addictions
  • self harming
  • suicidal ideation
  • emotion management
  • relationship issues
  • crisis intervention/management
  • grief and loss
  • trauma
  • mental health challenges/diagnoses

If you are feeling suicidal, or unsafe in any way, please call a distress line or go to your local emergency department at the hospital. You deserve to be safe, and to get the support that you need.