Intern Counsellor at Thrive
“Knowing that we can be loved exactly as we are gives us all the best opportunity for growing into the healthiest of people.” Mr. Rogers
- Anxiety and Depression
- Grief and Loss
- Life transitions
- Youth counselling
- Men’s issues
- Emotionally Focused therapy
- Narrative Therapy
- Client-Cantered Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
I believe individuals who feel overwhelmed don’t need to be judged or
told what to do but instead need kindness, support while being offered
an opportunity to reflect. I also believe in the power of human
connection as in my experience, it is the single best vehicle in which to
work through the wide variety of mental health issues. In my practice I
aim to provide a safe and non-judgmental space, an empathic ear,
along with understanding and respect.
When we meet, I hope we can slow down and unravel the complexity of
life’s challenges. In supporting you, I will focus on listening intently.
Along our journey, I may stop our conversation to ask a couple of
questions and if I notice a pattern in your thoughts or actions, I will
verbalize them. By doing so, we can start to process some of the
experiences you are having and if you would like we can also seek a
different path through these difficult experiences. Above all, my wish is
to walk with you on a journey of self-discovery and empowerment.
My background is in supporting young men and boys with a host of
concerns, including complex family experiences, challenging
experiences in school at work or with friends such as bullying and
loneliness, loss of loved ones, and confusion related to gendered-based
stereotypes and the restrictive nature of gender roles. I look forward to
applying these experiences with my learnings from my ongoing master’s
degree in Counselling Psychology in supporting you.
How many sessions does therapy take?
Growth and healing are best viewed as a journey that you learn to live, instead of a cure that you take like a pill. For this reason, everybody is different. We often find that 4 – 8 sessions accomplish a great deal of relief. With that said, clients may experience transformation within a few sessions or realize there is something bigger they want to work on longterm.
How often should I come?
When possible, it’s a great idea to come in every week or two when getting started. The biggest first step is building the trust and safety that allows good work to be done. Once this occurs, clients often space out appointments to a month or more, or take breaks from counselling altogether.
Does insurance cover your fees?
What is a session like?
You will be greeted in a waiting room that offers espresso, tea and water, before joining your counsellor in a comfortable sound-proofed room. You will be met with warmth and respect before you are guided through the process of informed consent so that there is total transparency. Your counsellor will get to know you so that the therapy is specially fitted to you as a unique person. All activities will be explained fully and nothing will ever happen without your consent and awareness.