A highly experienced practitioner of individual and couples therapy in Guelph, Ontario. I help you overcome difficulties and look at life with more optimism. Proven strategies for personal growth. Psychotherapy. Counselling.
I am a registered psychotherapist (Ontario) who has been practicing for more than 20 years. I've worked in a variety of clinical settings including: a university counselling centre, EAP (workplace) programs, a community counselling agency, a hospital, a family health team with MDs, and now private practice.
My learning has been ongoing since I graduated with a Ph.D in Educational Psychology in 1998. I attend conferences and research issues, treatments, and best practices in psychotherapy. An experienced generalist, I have also specialized in helping people with eating disorders, including anorexia, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating.
Of course, much of my learning and growth has come from working with my clients. Each person has a unique perspective that requires me to be open and curious. I’m honoured to be able to help my clients grapple with challenging situations, gain new insights, and work to improve the quality of their lives.
Are you struggling with any of these issues?
Anxiety can interfere with your ability to live fully. From a physical perspective, anxiety is discomfort. From a problem-solving perspective, it hampers your ability to work things out. You can learn how to recognize when anxiety is getting in the way, and develop techniques for combating the physical, emotional, and cognitive discomforts.
If the usual conflict-resolving strategies are not working, it might be time to come together with the help of a skilled professional. Through couple counselling, you can fortify your relationship, improve communication, resolve old issues, and make a shared plan for the future as a loving and committed couple.
If there is an area in your life that is causing you difficulty and needs attention, you can benefit a great deal from exploring it with a professional. The goal: increase the tools in your personal tool kit and learn to use them effectively whenever you get stuck.
Changes in mood are a normal part of our everyday human experience. But low mood that lasts over several weeks or months could be more serious, a sign that depression might be rearing its dark head. Fortunately, there are many proven ways to deal with depression. You can learn how your thinking influences your mood through Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and be guided to find ways of changing your mind and therefore your mood.
There are many kinds of eating disorders What they all have in common is a disordered relationship with food. Complications can include body image issues, mood disorders, and low self-esteem. With years of experience in the field of disordered eating, I offer a compassionate approach to help the sufferer "talk back" to the insidious voice of the eating disorder and make healthy, long-lasting changes.
Grief & Loss
Grief and loss are part of the human experience, and almost always difficult. Most of the time we are able to manage what life throws our way but sometimes the intensity feels too much to bear. We don't have the words or processes through which grief can find release. Counselling can provide a safe place to feel and talk about the full extent of what hurts.
If only children came with a manual. Parenting may be one of the most important and challenging things we do in our lives. It is frequently a joy but can also be enormously challenging. Counselling can help you learn more effective ways to parent your child so you act rather than react and be both strategic and loving.
Our self-concept begins to develop when we are very young. If our early self-concept is negative, we run the risk of carrying those beliefs throughout our lives. In counselling, you can learn how to examine your attitude toward yourself and let go of negative, self-critical thoughts about your worth and value. You can learn to see yourself as your truly are: a worthy and loveable person.
Separation & Divorce
When relationships end a whole range of emotions can rise up, from anger to grief to sadness to relief. Counselling can help you navigate this unknown terrain. You might want to understand what went wrong and when. You might want to get past blame, anger, and resentment so you can move forward with more optimism and trust.
Stress can be a positive and motivating source of energy but it can also lead to burnout. It might be time to take stock of your priorities if: you feel you have too much going on in your life, you find you are just not managing as well, or if day-to-day stressors are taking their toll on your sense of well-being, ability to sleep, appetite, and enjoyment in life.
What can I expect in the first session?
At the first appointment we will talk about what’s happening, what you have tried so far, and what you believe will make a difference. This is an opportunity for you to determine if I’m the professional you want to work with.
How long will it take?
It depends. The average number of counselling sessions people attend is four. Sometimes a single visit can help with clarity and life choices. Other times, more sessions are desired or needed. At the end of each meeting, I generally ask if you want to schedule a subsequent appointment. There is never an assumption on my part that we will automatically book further meetings.
How much will it cost?
My fee is $140 per session. You may be able to get some or all your fee reimbursed through an extended health insurance plan, if you have one. Please contact your insurance provider to determine if counselling is covered under your policy.
How long is a therapy session?
Typically, a session lasts for 50 minutes. Sessions can be scheduled for the same day and time each week if preferred. Depending on your needs, appointments can be weekly, bi-weekly, or at your discretion.
Is telephone counselling an option?
Telephone counselling can be valuable to those who find it difficult to visit me in person, for whatever reason. If you’d prefer, I can arrange counselling sessions over the telephone or via Skype’s online video function. You might choose to begin over the phone and visit later. Or mix in-person sessions with telephone sessions. The choice is yours.