- shame/guilt/unworthiness feelings
- self doubt
- the “not measuring up” feeling (to measuring sticks that may or may not even interest you)
- the “something is wrong with me” feeling
- anxiety/social anxiety
- eating “disorders”
- chronic pain
- a BPD diagnosis
- gender identity & gender transition
- sexual issues
- polyamory & non-monogamy
- parent/youth conflict
- suicidal thoughts
- people who use violence in relationships
- the effects of colonialism, racism, classism, homophobia, transphobia, sexism, ableism (and their intersections) on identity and mental health
My work is guided by a commitment to social justice and is informed by Narrative Therapy, anti-racist, anti-oppressive and intersectional feminist frameworks. What this means in terms of what you can expect:
- Collaboration. I will check-in with you at the beginning of each conversation and throughout every conversation to ensure that we are on track with what is important to you to be talking about.
- Transparency. I will share my notes with you after every session (no secret file practices!) and I am happy to share the intention behind any question I ask.
- The person is not the problem, the problem is the problem. I will not pathologize or individualize your suffering. The concerns that you bring will always be seen in the broader socio-political context which may be implicated in your suffering.
- You are the expert of your own life. I will never assume that I know better than you about how you ought to respond to the troubles or difficulties you are facing. I will always assume that you have skills, knowledge, values, purposes and commitments that have sustained you through difficult times.
- People always resist injustices. You can assume that I will assume that you were not a passive recipient of the trauma/injustices that you have endured. You can count on me to be curious about the small acts of resistance you took in the face of these injustices, and the skills of living you relied upon to survive.
- You can count on me NOT to offer advice, analyze, evaluate, cheerlead, name or assign meaning to your experience. You CAN expect me to be curious about the meaning that you give to your own experiences, and to ask questions that will help you to think your way through dilemmas that you are facing, to find a way forward that fits with your hopes/values/preferences for your life.
- You can expect that I will invite you to name the problem or challenge you are facing in your own words.
- In recognizing people as the experts of their own lives, people often reflect at the end of a therapy or supervision session that they are leaving with a greater sense of agency or control over the problem or concern about which they came to consult – a sense of how they can, and perhaps in some ways already are, intervening on their own behalves for the lives they want.
As a white, cisgender, able-bodied woman, married to a cis man, with professional and class privileges, I pay close attention to the privileges that I have and benefit from, and take seriously my responsibility to address power differences in the relationships I have with the people I consult with (both in therapy and clinical ‘supervision’). To learn more about my approach click here.
In addition to my private practice, I provide weekly clinical consultation & non-hierarchical supervision at a harm reduction agency in downtown Toronto (and in my private practice) with Registered Social Workers, Registered Psychotherapists and community workers. If you are interested in learning more about my philosophy of ‘supervision’ click here.
I am on Faculty at the Narrative Therapy Initiative in Salem, MA and have taught for the Narrative Therapy Centre of Toronto and have instructed on different topics in both academic and community spaces. For a list of upcoming or recent workshops/training click here. Or contact me if you are interested in having me provide training/workshops/consultation.
To learn more about my services, fees and space click here.
I am a member in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) and of the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW) and my services are covered by many health benefit plans.