I am a member of the Canadian Association for Psychodynamic Therapy and am an active member of the Canadian Therapeutic Recreation Association.
Serving Niagara and the Golden Horseshoe
According to TIRP, "Relational therapists help clients understand, on the one hand, their own patterns of thoughts and feelings about themselves, and on the other hand, the power of significant relationships, past and present, to shape this self-experience. Relational therapy strengthens and transforms a client's sense of self, which in turn enhances his or her confidence and well-being in the world." In other words, as a relational psychotherapist, I will be with you as you explore your life, your sense of self, and your relationships with others.
"May your walls know joy; May your room hold laughter and every window open to great possibility." (Maryanne Radmacher-Hershey, 1995)
My professional training and experience, in combination with lived experience of trauma and loss, has led me to a focus on the issues of recovery from trauma, living with grief, and identity reconstruction. I also have training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness, Positive Psychology, Self-Compassion, Grief Therapy, and a variety of other approaches. I incorporate a variety of approaches and techniques into my work with clients based on their needs and wishes, all embedded in a supportive relational frame.
I have close to 30 years of experience as an educator, researcher, and expert in Therapeutic Recreation. I have taught students and professionals about the value of leisure and recreation in enhancing well-being. I believe that the choices we make in our free time directly impact our well-being!
In addition, I have been particularly interested in strengths-based practice and positive therapy and has incorporated these principles into my teaching and work with clients.
In addition to my work in Therapeutic Recreation, I am currently a Registered Psychotherapist in the province of Ontario (CRPO#: 005076) and graduated from the Toronto Institute of Relational Psychotherapy (TIRP) in April 2017.