Traumatic experience occurring in early life, as well as ongoing instances of neglect, loss or unmet need may significantly affect our sense of self. Negative events and maladaptive coping mechanisms act as filters that constrain our development and perceptions of ourselves, others, and the world. But things can get better. Psychotherapy can help us to understand ourselves more fully, develop more satisfying relationships, take risks, and live the lives we long to lead.
I came to the practice of psychodynamic psychotherapy because of a lifelong curiousity to better understand how we tick; why we develop the relationships and attachments we do; what informs the existential choices and decisions we make while looking for purpose and meaning in our lives. Soon after my twin daughters were born, I entered into psychodynamic therapy. The birth of my children forced me to reflect on significant childhood experiences both positive and difficult. This process of therapy, brought into my awareness, the impacts of family dynamics and how these were reflected as patterns in my relationships and perceptions of the world at large, Psychotherapy helped me to forge more satisfying relationships as an adult and mother.
Professionally, I have worked in a shelter with abused women and children, with victims of crime, and recently after 29 years, I have retired from a Mental Health Crisis Centre. For the past 24 years, I have been working in private practice as a psychotherapist.
My office is a warm, comforting and safe space. I like to think you will find it is a reflection of myself, and my theraputic approach. This approach can be defined as client-centred, eclectic, existential, humanistic, inter-subjective and relational all in the context of psychodynamic psychotherapy. Put more simply, who are you today and how did you become this person. It is important to remember the past in order to heal. It is important to explore the past in order not to repeat maladaptive patterns and behaviors. Engagement is also central to my approach. You can count on feedback not assumptions or judgements.
96 Melville Ave.
Toronto, M6G 1Y2
Shaw and Dupont, just west of the Annex
North of Bloor St. between the Christie and Ossington subway stations