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. For the past seven years, I have and continue to work for a family service agency in Toronto providing individual, couple and group counselling.
I am happily married to my wife and best friend, Phyllis. We just celebrated our twenty third wedding anniversary. Together, we have a teenage son. We have lived in the East York community for the past 18 years. We love the neighborhood and enjoy visiting the farmer’s market at the Brick Works, going to Greektown for a iced coffee frappe, browsing the shops in Leslieville or taking a walk on the boardwalk at the Beach.
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 eclectic and draws upon Narrative and Solution Focused Therapies, Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Family Systems.
My work has focused primarily on men’s wellness issues, emotional literacy, coping with transitions, dealing with intimate partner difficulties and fathering.
Fathering is something that I am deeply passionate about. So perhaps you are a dad-to-be? Maybe you are 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 space for you to talk about what you are going through.
I am also passionate about working with couples. I invite couples to have conversations about how they want to be within relationship with each other based on their beliefs, values, and commitments and make choices around how they could better live their lives. Are you feeling stuck in your relationship? Do you and your 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.
I see my role as more of a facilitator of dialogue between partners rather than as a “fixer.” 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.
Counselling is offered for a range of issues such as:
- anger management
- stress management
- depression and anxiety
- relationship problems
- parenting concerns
- work difficulties
- school problems
- family conflict
Counselling as an opportunity for:
- Connection & Support
- Consciousness raising
- Personal & Relational Growth
- A Search for Meaning/Purpose
- Problem Solving/Solution Finding
- Skills Building
- Individual & Couple Counselling
- Group Counselling (pending)
Availability: Mondays from 5-9pm.