I am a registered social worker with over 25 years of experience working with adults, couples, families and groups. My first experiences were in children’s mental health settings working with children, adolescents and families. In the last number of years I have worked in a family service agency. Most of my work there was with adults. Initially I worked in the violence against women program and then moved on to work in the men’s program. I have led many groups both with women and with men. Further to these areas of speciality I have worked with clients around a variety of issues. These have included relationship difficulties, separation/divorce, mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, anger, self esteem ; grief, stress, parenting, alcohol and substance abuse. I also have extensive experience working with clients who have survived childhood trauma.
My clients would say I am warm, down to earth and a good listener.
I have a master’s in social work degree from the University of Toronto. I also completed a two year extern program at the Hincks-Dellcrest Centre in Brief and Narrative Therapy.
I am married and we have 2 adult children and a new grandson.
I am interested in social justice issues and environmental issues as well as politics.
In my work with clients it is the building of a compassionate and caring relationship that is the basis of my work. I consider myself a feminist. I strive to work in a collaborative, anti oppressive manner. My approach is non-judgemental and accepting. I hope to provide a safe place for clients to work through their pain, hurt and anger such that they are free to live a more fulfilling life. Clients will set their own goals and they will be in charge of the pacing of their own therapy. My main method of therapy is narrative. I am very interested in the stories people have of their lives. Often these are stories others have told them about themselves and they have come to believe them. These stories may also leave them stuck in one way of living that is not working for them in the present. I see my task as therapist to help clients become aware of alternative stories of their lives and to build on these to a more satisfying future. I believe strongly in the resilience of people. They generally have the skills they need but may not be aware of them. Therapy can help them with this. The person is not the problem. I will help them to externalize the problem and see that they have a relationship with the problem. It does not have to take over their lives. They may be focused on the “known and familiar” and therapy will help them become aware of “what is possible to know”.
I am also trained in solution focused therapy, cognitive behaviour therapy, mindfulness, dialectical behaviour therapy, family therapy and couple therapy.