Everyone that bravely finds their way to therapy comes with their own unique needs and concerns. When you're ready, please come....and tell me YOUR story. I understand that it can feel overwhelming and uncomfortable to open yourself up, to be vulnerable, to address difficult issues and to begin to make changes, but know that I’ve got you! I will walk along side you and support you in your healing journey.
“Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.”
- Brené Brown
Therapy is merely a vehicle that allows you to speak your truth, to be heard, seen and validated. With therapy, the symptoms of anxiety, depression and other emotional concerns can improve, relationships can be restored and rejuvenated and past losses or traumas healed. You can start to feel the emotional burdens of the past begin to fade away. You will begin to feel more hopeful, confident, assertive, in balance and empowered. We will also collaborate to uncover the things in your story that have left you feeling overwhelmed, anxious or depressed, and work to help you create a better understanding of these issues. You will be able to explore and incorporate additional and alternative ways of thinking, feeling and being. And when you gain the courage to own your story, you’ll be empowered to move forward with the authentic and wholehearted life of your choosing. And when you can begin to own all parts of your story, you’ll be able to live your life from a place that feels more and more AUTHENTIC.
“Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we’re supposed to be and embracing who we are”
- Brené Brown.
Areas I can assist individuals with include:
- Stress, anxiety and depression
- Individuals seeking to achieve personal growth and self-fulfilment
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder
- Family conflict, divorce, separation
- Grief, loss and other life stressors
- Identity issues
- Abuse and trauma
- Parenting and parent-child relationship problems
- Emotional regulation
- School refusal
- Peer conflict
- Chronic illness
- Suicidal ideation
Therapy for Adolescents
The teen years are a very important period of development. Research suggests that mental health struggles are not uncommon during these years, with one in three high school students reporting symptoms of depression such as sadness, hopelessness or anxiety. Just as with adults, therapy can be a helpful resource for teens to address some of these common concerns.
As a parent of two teenage daughters, I understand that teens may be reluctant to talk or to engage in therapy. Many are not comfortable trusting adults with helping them make sense of their ever-changing worlds. I am trained and highly skilled in engaging youth & young adults in therapy, and in co-creating a safe place where they can feel comfortable being vulnerable and exploring their emotions.
At the root of my treatment philosophy is the belief that every child wants to do well, and will do well if they have the tools to do so. If your teen is currently struggling, feeling stuck in anger or guilt, there is something getting in the way. Working with a therapist can help teens build the skills needed to work through obstacles and create meaningful change in their life.
Here are some of the reasons teens may need to reach out for support:
- Anxiety disorders
- School and social-related issues
- Low self-esteem/self-worth
- Feelings of loneliness
- Sexual orientation or gender identity
- Trauma, including sexual assault
- Eating disorder symptoms
- Coping with a chronic health condition