Services

Who do I work with?

  • Individuals: including people who identify themselves as highly sensitive, creative, living traditional or non-traditional lifestyles, as well as people who self-identify with diagnoses such as complex PTSD.
  • Couples and relationships of all configurations: including intercultural, interracial, married, partners, open, non-monogamous, polyamorous, family, chosen family, and adoptee.
  • Groups: including support groups, therapy groups, and community groups, for facilitation, consultation, and workshops, with QTBIPOC, migrant, and LGBTQ communities.

I often provide therapeutic support for change-makers and caregivers involved in community work around issues such as burnout prevention, vicarious trauma, resisting racism, navigating small communities, and building resiliency.

How I Work

I offer both short-term counselling for specific concerns and long-term counselling for deeper healing, complex trauma work, and/or regularly scheduled self-care. My clients and I collaborate to find relief as quickly as possible, and when appropriate, to understand the deeper roots of problems to achieve more lasting change. You and I will check in periodically about how counselling is going for you and whether you feel you are moving towards your goals.

Issues

I work with people seeking support and understanding around:

  • Trauma, internalized oppression, post-traumatic growth (e.g., sexual assault, childhood sexual violence, childhood abuse/neglect, intimate partner violence, microaggressions, social stigma, community backlash, medical trauma, emotional, physical, & sexualized violence and abuse).
  • Self-esteem, self image, body image, resisting fatphobia.
  • Depression, anxiety, guilt and shame (e.g., self-harm, performance anxiety, social anxiety, test anxiety, worry, procrastination, panic).
  • Loss & grief (e.g., death, survivor’s guilt, complicated bereavement, suicide, homicide, family estrangement, loss of a pet).
  • Stress & Feeling stuck – in your personal life and at work.
  • Sexuality, intimacy, sexual health, safety (e.g., reclaiming desire, risk-awareness, consent, power dynamics, negotiation, racialized intimacy, asexuality, sexual difficulties, sexual compulsivity, sexual avoidance).
  • Work/life balance, career development, workplace trauma (e.g., bullying, harassment, racism in the workplace).
  • Relationship and family issues (e.g., boundaries, break ups, separation anxiety, divorce, dating, new relationship energy, infidelity, agreement violations, parenting, parentification, attachment/detachment, estrangement, strained relationships).
  • Immigration/displacement, relocation, homesickness, family separation/re-unification, international students.
  • Identity development (based on culture, race, socioeconomic status, gender identity, sexuality, (dis)ability, etc.), overlapping, fluid and mixed identities, (in)visibility, disclosure and outness.
  • Interpersonal issues and making boundaries.
  • Substance use, drug and alcohol addiction, harm reduction.
  • Health/medical issues, navigating barriers to access, chronic illness & chronic pain.
  • Life transitions & life crises.

How do my clients benefit?

Common benefits of counselling include support for you to:

  • Find a deep sense of relief, restored energy, renewed focus, wholeness, self-worth, creativity.
  • Develop more satisfying relationships and careers.
  • Build skills for managing pain, stress, and strong emotions.
  • Channel anger into clarity, decision, motivation, deeper healing, and creative resistance.
  • Heal when relationships end, through painful losses and ongoing struggles in your life.

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