Registered Social Worker, Psychotherapist
About Me (He/Him Pronouns) – Work & Personal:
I obtained my Master of Social Work degree from the University of Toronto in 1994 and my Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Psychology from York University in 1992. I am registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and am an individual affiliate member of the Canadian Association of Social Workers. I have taken numerous workshops and courses since 1994. I remain committed to ongoing professional development.
Over the years, I have worked within the public and private sectors providing professional Social Work services including psychosocial rehabilitation to youth involved in the criminal justice system, child welfare services, individual counselling, family support services, clinical and disability case management as well as health and wellness coaching. My work has focused on men’s wellness issues, emotional intelligence, coping with transitions, fathering, and dealing with intimate partner difficulties including helping men move away from using any form of violence. More recently, I have worked for a family service agency in Toronto for eight and a half years where I provided individual, couple and group counselling (men’s groups).
I am happily married to my wife and best friend, Phyllis. We are approaching our twenty fifth wedding anniversary. Together, we have a teenage son. We have lived in the East York community for 20 years. We love the neighbourhood and enjoy visiting the farmer’s market at the Brick Works, going to Greektown for an iced coffee frappe, browsing the shops in Leslieville or taking a walk on the boardwalk at the Beach.
Individual Counselling: I provide one-on-one counselling in a safe, relaxed space for you to explore your life challenges in a non-judgemental, affirming atmosphere.
Couple Counselling: Couple counselling provides an opportunity for you and your significant other to explore issues that are causing tension within your relationship. I use an interactive, strength-based and empathic approach to assist couples with improving communication, increasing trust, strengthening intimacy and creating positive change in the relationship.
Are you feeling stuck in your relationship? Do you and you partner wish to talk about what you are both going through and explore making some changes? If so, then give me a call and we can start a conversation.
Men’s Counselling: For some men, it can be difficult to talk and share with others about problems related to identity, relationships, intimacy and vulnerability because of cultural norms and societal expectations; rigid and sometimes unhealthy forms of masculinity. This unease around sharing can sometimes lead to problems such as stress, anxiety, depression, toxic shame, anger issues, intimate partner conflicts and sometimes even violence. Unfortunately, many men, it’s seems suffer in silence about their emotional pain. I provide a safe and relaxed space for men to talk freely about their challenges such as problems related to identity, relationships, fathering and work-life balance, intimacy and sexuality, work, health, stress, depression, anxiety, shame, anger and so on.
Fathering is something that I am deeply passionate about. So perhaps you are a dad-to-be? Maybe you are a dad who is unsure about what this fatherhood business is all about? Maybe you are a new dad or maybe you have kids and are feeling burned-out? If so, then give me a call. I will provide a relaxed, accepting and safe place for you to talk about what you are going through.
Group Counselling: I have extensive experience running men’s groups. During the past eight and a half years, I have run three different men’s groups dealing with anger management, intimate partner violence and it’s negative impact on partners and children.
I believe that people’s lives are unique and often quite multi-layered. Therefore, I do not believe in a ‘one-size fits all’ approach. My counselling approach is informed by several therapeutic orientations such as Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Family Systems.
My work with couples draws primarily upon the work of John Gottman and Family Systems. When working with couples, I see my role as more of a facilitator of dialogue than as a “fixer.” I invite couples to have conversations about how they want to be in relationship with each other based on their beliefs, values, commitments and make choices around how they could better live their lives. I believe in self-determination and that each partner in the relationship has to decide for themselves if they wish to continue walking on a path together with their partner or take a separate path.
Availability and Contact:
I am available on Monday evenings from 5pm to 9pm. As of April 1, 2020, I will be at the Healing Collective on Wednesdays from 9am to 5pm.
In some circumstances and after an initial consultation, I may bring counselling services to where you are at (e.g., in the Danforth East and West communities, the Beaches, Leslieville) if/when you are unable to come into the office such as a home visit for couples therapy for parents with young children or even at an appropriate community setting of your preference.
To arrange a free telephone consultation, please contact me at 416-467-7208 or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or through The Healing Collective at: www.healingcollective.ca