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My Approach

I'm an experienced psychotherapist that uses compassion, understanding and humor to help you accept yourself as you are and work on creating healthy changes. 

 

I use (and have been trained in) various therapeutic modalities, and will tailor my approach to your unique strengths. 

  • Are you overly critical and struggle with perfectionism and procrastination? Mindfulness-based Self-compassion and Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT) might be helpful.

  • Do you struggle with controlling your emotions or on the flip side feel numb? A Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) informed approach might be beneficial. 

  • If you're consumed by negative thoughts or find yourself engaging in unhealthy behaviours then Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy  (CBT) might help build coping skills.

I've received training from the Gottman Institute in couples therapy, DBT Skills training through the Linehan Institute and Mindfulness-based Self-Compassion training from Drs. Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer .

In addition, I work from an anti-oppressive, anti-racist framework and have received training in this area as well as Four Seasons of Reconciliation education through the First Nations University of Canada.

I believe in life-long learning and I'm an avid reader. I've learned the most, however, from the clients I've worked with in the past and now. 

I am also the wife of an incredibly wise grain farmer and grateful to be involved with the National Farmer Mental Health Alliance.

I have been a member of the Waterloo-Wellington Eating Disorder Coalition since 2007 and have received training in supporting those who struggle with eating disorders, disordered eating, and body image issues.

I primarily provide psychotherapy for young adults (17+) and adults.

Therapeutic approaches and modalities that inform my work:

  • Compassion-Focused Therapy

  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

  • Mindfulness-based self-compassion

  • Positive Psychology

  • Gottman method for couples therapy

Issues I work with include:

  • anxiety

  • depression/low mood

  • stress

  • anger 

  • obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)

  • eating disorders/disordered eating

  • body image dissatisfaction

  • low self-esteem or self-confidence

  • discovering and enhancing personal strengths

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  • life coaching

  • goal-setting and achievement

  • procrastination

  • perfectionism

  • performance anxiety (tests, presentations)

  • study skills (organization, time management, goal-setting)

  • farmer mental health

  • highly sensitive people (HSP)

  • communication

  • parenting

  • couples therapy

  • self-harm
  • suicidal ideation
  • trauma
  • trichotillomania

Have questions? Please contact me by email and/or read through my guide on 'What to expect from therapy'.

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