Greater self-expression and self-acceptance, more enriching relationships, the possibility of a fuller, more meaningful and creative life—these I believe can be some of the benefits of psychotherapy. Many years of experience working with both individuals and couples confirm my belief that it is within the context of a solid, supportive, collaborative therapeutic relationship that we can find our way back to the fundamental importance of open and honest human conversation.
Since beginning clinical practice in 1984 I have been privileged to witness the successful alleviation of mental and emotional suffering through Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. The current scientific research in neurochemistry validates the effectiveness of “Talk Therapy” as it literally alters the chemical, hormonal, and limbic resonance capacities of the brain, mind and body.
Words are very important−they distinguish us as human beings from our fellow creatures. In psychotherapy the particular importance of putting thoughts and feelings into words is unmistakable. Psychoanalytic or psychodynamic psychotherapy is sometimes called the "talking cure." When you talk in a psychotherapeutic context about what is bothering or upsetting or puzzling you, something can change.
"How’re you doing?” “Good!!!” In our society there is an implied expectation that only a positive response to this question is invited. So if we’re all “good” why are so many of us actually feeling bad? The process of psychotherapy provides a space to give voice to what you are truly feeling. Together we will attend with care to your concerns, with no distractions and with freedom from everyday constraints, to explore the beliefs and assumptions that affect the choices you make in daily life.
We have all been puzzled by our own behaviour. Perhaps you do things that are self-defeating, or have difficulty navigating relationships. Maybe you live with a pervasive sense of emptiness or dread. These can be signposts that something in your life needs exploration and healing. My goal is to guide you through the process of self-discovery so that you may have a more fulfilling and authentic life.
Psychotherapy can help you be in touch with who you really are, what you really feel, and what you really want to do with your life. Psychotherapy supports recovery, self-worth, healing, learning, coping and moving forward with greater confidence. In therapy we listen together in complete confidence to any and all of your concerns—whether personal, spiritual, work-related, relationship, family or culturally based.
We all too often find ourselves on a treadmill of stress, unprepared to make the changes which might enhance our lives. Seeking help in the form of professional treatment from a qualified Psychotherapist is a natural consequence of our desire to discover personal solutions to our perplexing issues - issues that can feel virtually insurmountable if they are not understood and dealt with.
Welcome to my personal bio. The fact that you are researching therapists means you have already taken the courageous first step to self-exploration and the desire to improve your life as your currently experience it. I would be honoured to help you with this exceptional journey and invite you to contact me if you would like more information on how I work with my clients and what you can expect from the therapy process.
I offer you an opportunity to challenge those issues that prevent you from achieving fulfillment in life. Together we can discover and change those motivating factors that produce patterns of sabotaging behaviour. I work with individuals and couples, and am qualified both academically and experientially to assist you in achieving your desired goals.
Whether you’re facing a crisis as an individual or couple, or seeking personal growth and new insights, talking things over in a safe, non-judgemental, confidential setting can change your perspective.
My specialty is working with relationships; a few sessions can improve communication and deepen your understanding of each other.
“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” -Anïas Nin
As human beings, we are wired for growth and healing. To be fully alive and connected requires the capacity to feel and to make use of our emotional experience. Healing in psychotherapy is possible when we establish a secure therapeutic relationship in which you feel safe enough to experience your emotions.
I have learned from my own personal struggles, challenges and evolution that seeking support and building trust can bring a person to a place of fulfillment, healing and peace. This contributed to my decision to become a psychodynamic psychotherapist over 20 years ago.
You are an intelligent, competent business professional, yet, despite your best efforts, your life isn’t feeling the way you had hoped. Perhaps you are struggling with relationship difficulties at home or at work, career indecision, substance abuse, or chronic anxiety. I specialize in working with people whose backgrounds and struggles are similar to yours.
We look to therapy for help in easing what can feel like unmanageable stress in life – brought on by the many challenges of living, such as major life transitions and the difficulty inherent in living with others or, alternatively, the pain of not having others in our lives through loss or conflict.
Have you read all the self-help books yet still don’t know what makes you tick? Are you disappointed with your relationships? Does life stress you out? Do you often wonder—is that all there is?
Together we will become aware of the mysterious, unconscious forces that can limit and undermine your aspirations. You can count on my consistent, non-judgmental, empathic support.
Sometimes it’s hard to find a person we can speak to frankly and openly about our feelings, hopes and fears. Psychotherapists are trained to create a safe place to explore your life privately and sensitively. What you say about yourself will be listened to intently, with compassion and respect. Your world may be shaken as you question and poke holes in the status quo, but I will have your back as your rebuild your life.