My Practice & Approach
I understand that you may be looking for psychotherapy around a specific issue. The issues I work on with my clients include anxiety, depression, family and relationship issues, trauma, loss and grief, self-esteem and assertiveness, workplace stress, sexuality, gender identity/transition planning.
What to expect
At our first meeting, I will ask you to think about the following question:
"If you were to look back on this experience and say,
'Therapy really worked for me!',
what would you be doing differently in your life?
How would we know we'd succeeded?"
The answer to that question will help us clarify your purpose in coming, and how we should work toward your goal.
Issues do not exist in a vacuum. During our appointments, we will work together to understand what is happening for you in its larger context, including your past and your social world. Using this holistic, collaborative and relational approach will ensure that the work is helpful and meaningful for you.
My style is an integrated use of the training I have had in various approaches. These approaches include emotion-focused, psychodynamic, and narrative ways of working therapeutically. I draw from what is most helpful for each client. Clients say they appreciate that I am warm, compassionate and down-to-earth.
Appointments & Rates
I offer a free initial 20-minute "meet and greet" and/or phone consultation for us to best determine match for those considering a longer term therapy. This will be an opportunity for you to ask questions and to judge your comfort level with me, and also for me to ensure that my skills match your needs. In-person meet and greets are not offered for assessments, but phone calls to ask questions are very welcome.
Individual sessions are 50 minutes and my regular rate is in line with that recommended by the College of Psychologists of Ontario (www.cpo.on.ca). My sliding scale spots are currently full.
Payment is due at the end of each session and is payable by cash, or by all major credit cards (via Square). I also accept etransfers, if sent prior to our session start.
Confidential voice mail:
Appointments are available Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays from 8am to 6pm, and every other Tuesday.
In your message, please tell me when it is best for me to call you back.
If you do not attend your scheduled appointment and you have not provided 24 hours notice, then you will be required to pay the full session rate. If you arrive late for your appointment, we will meet for the balance of the remaining time available and you will be required to pay the full session rate.