Therapy Services

Individual Counselling and Psychotherapy 

It takes courage to come to therapy. Psychotherapy can be challenging but it can also free you from limiting beliefs to live the life you want. Together, we explore habits and behaviours which are holding you back. Psychotherapy can bring about a wonderful personal transformation which will positively impact all aspects of your life. You learn to transcend difficulties and barriers, and begin to live your life the way you want to.  There are many ways to “do” psychotherapy. Together, we can find the way that works for you.

MBSR Mindfulness Based Stress Release

Responsibilities, commitments and lack of support can lead to stress that is so overwhelming that it often manifests physically, mentally and emotionally. 

Mindfulness practice has become more and more popular as people discover the positive results it brings to their lives. In today’s chaotic world we spend much of our time worrying and stressing—about what will happen and what is already done. Mindfulness allows us to train the mind, to focus and let go of the constant thought chatter and the fretting about what was, and what may be. We begin to focus on the present moment. By being present, we become aware of our own reactive behaviour; this awareness allows us to change our negative behaviour patterns. We create healthier ways of coping with daily stresses and learn to truly appreciate and be grateful for, the many joys that life has to offer.

Responsibilities, commitments and lack of support can lead to stress that is so overwhelming that it often manifests physically, mentally and emotionally. 

MBSC Mindfulness Based Self Compassion 

MBSC is a mindfulness practice which brings our awareness to the present moment with a focus on self compassion. Although most of us have compassion for others, when it comes to our own failures, mistakes or limitations, we tend to criticize and judge. Self compassion means we accept ourselves as we are, forgiving and understanding when we fail and accepting our vulnerabilities. By practicing self compassion we acknowledge our thoughts and feelings and learn to be kind and gentle with ourselves while maintaining steadfast dedication to our own growth and spiritual well-being.

Mindfulness & Yoga for Children 

As a trained teacher I have been teaching both yoga and mindfulness to my students for many years. Children today are not given enough time to just be kids!  Their innate ability to play, to explore, to discover and to take joy in the world around them is stunted by the many expectations that are placed upon them starting at a very young age. Mindfulness increases awareness of how our thoughts impact our emotions and our behaviour. With greater self awareness, we are able to make better choices, be less reactive and more proactive.  

Therapy for Children

With more than 20 years of experience as a teacher, I am very comfortable working with children. Growing up in today’s world can be quite stressful for many children. Children can be faced with problems (anxiety, anger, grief, sadness, low self-esteem, excessive worry) that affect how they feel, behave or learn. Therapy can support children by allowing them to connect and understand their feelings, and learn techniques on how to cope with their feelings. Therapeutic approaches are individualized according to the children’s needs and the activities they enjoy (talking, dramatizing, reading, drawing, playing, yoga and meditation).

The goal of therapy is to help children understand their inner world better, communicate better and feel better, through engaging activities done in an environment that is not critical and judgemental, but one which fosters trust, safety and a feeling of acceptance.

Knowing what to expect helps alleviate some of the anxiety for both you and our child.

  • Initial 20 minute conversation in person, via phone or video call to discuss the child’s needs and answer questions

  • First session involves the parents/guardians and the child to gather more detailed information as well as time to get acquainted

  • Subsequent sessions involve the therapist meeting with the child while the parent is in the waiting room 

  • Ongoing consultation between the therapist and family members (essential to effective therapy)