I have been a lawyer, an executive in financial services and an entrepreneur in the foodservice industry. I decided to train as a psychotherapist because of my interest in how the mind functions, particularly in the context of work. Wherever I worked, I could see that my actions and decisions, and those of my colleagues, directly affected day-to-day outcomes; in training as a therapist, I learned that the organizing principles we absorb early in life are significant drivers in how we show up in the world, including the workplace.
To become a registered psychotherapist, I completed the three-year program at the Toronto Institute of Relational Psychotherapy followed by the study and work requirement of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario, including thousands of hours of training, personal study, direct client work and supervision.
My career background and my therapy training together have equipped me to focus my therapy practice on working with individuals in the business and professional community, such as lawyers, investment managers and senior executives, or as clients of professionals, for example people working through estate litigation.
Clients’ specific motivation to work with a therapist may be a feeling of being stuck in a situation or facing challenges that feel overwhelming.
I’d like to help you sort out your circumstances and the thoughts and feelings that are arising for you day-to-day. My hope for my clients is that our work together can assist them with tapping into their innate knowing of what to do.
The most significant factor in successfully working with a psychotherapist is whether the client feels understood and “felt” by the therapist. Research shows that a strong, positive therapeutic bond is more important than the therapist’s background and training, the kind of therapy they do, or what kind of problem the person has. I encourage clients to think about our first session as an opportunity to see how I work and also to keep in mind that in my practice, I have no expectations for clients to commit to weekly sessions or a certain number of sessions. Some clients like to work with a therapist on a regular basis while others prefer to check in for a session when there is an issue they wish to process with me.
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