My approach

My practice of psychotherapy is founded in the belief that each person has the ability to find their own unique path to emotional well-being and happier relationships. As a therapist, I find it a pleasure and a privilege to accompany you on that path. In therapy we work together in a spirit of collaboration and curiosity.

People come to see me for all sorts of reasons, and each person and problem is unique. My job is to understand the problem as you see it, help you access new strengths and resources, and develop an approach that supports you to make the changes you need.

I offer individual and family therapy, as well as couples counselling, and enjoy working with adults, teens and children. My practice is also LBTQ friendly, and sessions can be held in English or French.

I have a wide-ranging practice; these are some of the issues I work with.

Couples

  • Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT)
  • Sex and intimacy
  • Communication
  • Trust issues, infidelity
  • Separation and divorce
  • Domestic Violence

To learn more about EFT, click here.

Families

  • Adoption and foster parenting
  • Blended families, co-parenting
  • Parenting your child or teen
  • Pregnancy and post-partum
  • Family conflict, mediatiion

To learn more about my approach to adoption and foster parenting, click here.

Children and Adolescents

  • Attachment in adoption
  • Impact of separation and divorce
  • Abuse
  • Stress, anxiety and depression
  • Behaviour problems
  • School issues, bullying
  • Play therapy

Individuals

  • Anxiety, depression
  • Eating disorders and body image
  • Grief, loss, trauma
  • Gender identity, gender assessment
  • Sexuality
  • Stress
  • Self-esteem
  • Addictions
  • Anger

To learn more about gender identity and gender assessments, click here.

Workplace issues

  • Critical Incident Stress Debriefing
  • educational seminars and presentations
  • groups

More about EFT

Most couples go through rough patches in their relationship. But over time, if partners become caught in negative patterns of conflict and distance, they begin to blame each other and can lose faith or hope in the relationship. Both people may wind up feeling disconnected, lonely, and desperate -- unsure how to get back the love they once had. Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT) is a well-researched form of therapy that helps partners feel safe to communicate their underlying emotions and need for closeness with each other. Through bonding conversations, exploring emotions, and reworking patterns of communication that keep you distant, EFT can teach you to connect again -- and build a stronger, more loving relationship.

Here is a description of EFT from the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICE EFT).

You can borrow Hold Me Tight, by Dr. Sue Johnson, one of the founders of EFT, from the Halifax Public Library.

Here is a short video of Dr. Johnson on EFT and making love last.

More about adoption and foster parenting

Adopting or fostering a child who has been hurt is a loving, courageous and life-changing decision. Children who are adopted or in foster care may behave in ways that are puzzling for their family due to their history of loss, trauma, neglect...or all three. Parents may wonder what they're doing wrong and why all the books and advice of well-meaning friends and family don't seem to apply to their child. With specialized training and 10 years' experience in the treatment of trauma and attachment issues in children, I offer parenting support, family therapy, and skills and strategies to help you - and your child - on the path to healing and building a strong, resilient family. I also work with foster parents and children in care, and meet with families for pre-adoption preparation. I have completed Level 1 and Level 2 training in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, as well as Theraplay supervision and other professional training on treating trauma and attachment problems in children.

Read about Dyadic Developmental Pscyhotherapy (DDP) and how it can help your family.
Learn more about therapy for kids who have experienced trauma (video).

Here is a short video about Theraplay, another approach to parent-child therapy.

More about gender identity and expression

I am trained to provide gender assessments, and am a member of the Trans Clinical Supervisory Group created in Halifax in 2011. I offer a safe, supportive and non-judgmental space to explore your questions about your gender identity, gender expression and desired steps (whether hormones, gender-confirming surgeries, or all or none of these). I work within a model of full informed consent, to guide us in a collaborative dialogue based on the principle that you are the ultimate expert on your gender identity. My role is to help facilitate, guide or coach you to navigate your exploration of gender identity with as much information, self-awareness and support as possible.

Pride Health
Youth Project
Trans Family Nova Scotia Facebook Page
WPATH Standards of Care