Counselling/Psychotherapy

"Perhaps the secret of living well is not in having all the answers but in pursuing unanswerable questions 
in good company." 

Rachel Naomi Remen

I deeply believe in our innate ability to grow and heal when optimal conditions for healing are in place. In my work with you, I strive to provide and foster those conditions within the therapeutic space and the therapeutic relationship. This includes first and foremost my intention to be in a fully accepting, emphathic and authentic presence with you, to always work collaboratively and to honour your existing strengths.

I am a person-centered therapist. To be person-centered mainly means to me that I see you as the expert of your experience and your struggles. I thrive to provide a safe space for you to share your struggles with me and use tools from various therapeutic approaches to help you move through them. 

I am also a somatic therapist. I am trained in Somatic Experiencing (SE) which is a body-centered approach to address symptoms of stress and trauma. That means that I ask you questions such as "What are you noticing in your body right now?" and help you get to know the workings of your autonomic nervous system. 

My goal is that our work together helps you to feel more empowered and more alive.

I also use tools from CBT, Narrative Therapy and Solution-Focused Therapy. I have a keen awareness of the social determinants of health which affect a person’s well-being and ability to thrive and view your experiences in the context of your past and current circumstances and relationships.

As a SE trained therapist, a Restorative Exercise coach and an advocate for moving our bodies a lot more than we are, I am also attuned to the intersections of our physical and emotional health, and the effect our sedentary culture has on our well-being. Exploring small or bigger movements or specific exercises can therefore play a small or big part (or none at all if this is how you rock) in our therapeutic work. I also provide outdoor/walking sessions.

I provide counselling to adults (ages 18 and up) who seek counselling support for

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • grief, bereavement, loss
  • chronic/terminal illness
  • perinatal depression/anxiety/rage
  • parenting
  • relationship conflicts (with romantic partners, family members, work colleagues, supervisors, etc.)
  • trauma
  • pain

I provide services in English and German.

Contact me to ask me any questions you might have and/or to schedule a first appointment. 

I work out of the Ottawa Psychotherapy and Counselling Centre on 356 Woodroffe Avenue, Ottawa.

Coverage:

  • Fees can be claimed as a medical expense for income tax purposes.
  • Many health care insurance plans provide reimbursement for the cost of my services as a Registered Social Worker. 
  • Fees are covered through Medavie Blue Cross for individuals with the RCMP, Canadian Armed Forces, and Veterans Affairs Canada.
  • Fees are covered through the Ottawa Victims Services’ Victim Quick Response Program (VQRP) for short-term therapeutic support to assist individuals who have been victimized by violent crime (homicide, attempted murder, serious physical assault, domestic violence, sexual assault and hate crime) and/or their family members in reducing the impact of the crime and to recover from their experience.

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