I provide psychotherapy and gender-related counselling to adults, youth, couples and families in Toronto. A condensed version of my services can be found on my Psychology Today Profile.
Areas of Expertise
I provide individual psychotherapy to clients struggling with depression, anxiety, relationship problems, gender identity-related concerns, LGBTQ2S+ issues, healing from interpersonal violence/abuse/neglect, grief, ADHD, parenting challenges, self-esteem, life transitions, struggles with fertility and perinatal issues.
I provide family services to tweens/adolescents/young adults and their parents wishing to improve communication, strengthen relationships, improve mental health, build positive coping skills, and reduce conflict and tension in the family. This often initially involves individual sessions with the youth/young adult, and separate parent sessions. Later, parents and young people come together for a number of structured family therapy sessions. Family work can also include siblings and other family members.
I provide limited services to couples: I see partners working through the complexities of gender transition on their relationship and/or on their parenting. I also see parents of gender independent/trans/non-binary/gender questioning children and youth.
I specialize in work with LGBTQ2S+ communities. I bring personal and professional experience to my work around sexual orientation and gender identity, and enjoy supporting LGBTQ2S+ clients, their partners and families my practice.
- I have worked with trans communities for the past 18 years from a gender-affirming and trauma-informed lens. I provide exploratory counselling for people considering questions about their gender identity, and can provide transition-related supports (including OHIP approval/”Second Assessor” surgical readiness assessments and letters), and referrals to other services.
- I specialize in parent support/ education/ consultation with caregivers wishing to be more knowledgeable and supportive of their trans/non-binary child, or those struggling to understand or accept their child’s gender identity.
- I see partners, siblings and children of transgender/ non-binary people who may be struggling with the impact of their loved one’s transition on them, or wanting to learn to be more supportive
- I have expertise in supporting LGBTQ2S+people to work through their parents’ reactions to their coming out and build self-compassion and self love.
I work comfortably and competently around issues including: negotiating and nurturing diverse relationship models (open relationships, polyamory, non-monogamy, intentional monogamy, etc.), sex, sexuality, sex work, BDSM, kink and intimacy issues.
When clients’ needs fall outside the scope of my practice and training, I am pleased to provide referrals to other qualified counsellors, psychotherapists or community agencies. I am always happy to provide a list of skillful trans/non-binary and/or QTBIPOC therapists also working around these issues.
My style is warm, grounded and practical. I am trained in multiple therapeutic modalities and the approach we take will be responsive to your unique concerns. I am particularly influenced by attachment-informed, trauma-focused, mindfulness-based and body-based/somatic approaches (such as Sensorimotor Psychotherapy), learnings from neuroscience, and emotion-focused therapy (EFT).
In my work with individuals, I support my clients to gain deeper understanding about themselves and their relationships, build skills to relate to difficult emotions or trauma symptoms, work through painful childhood experiences, improve their capacity for self compassion, and to use the body as a pathway to healing. I love helping people learn skills to regulate their nervous systems, heal from trauma, become better partners/parents/friends/family members, become kinder towards themselves, let go of shame and build lives that feel meaningful.
In my family and couples work, I support families/partners to improve their capacity to communicate honestly about emotionally charged issues, work through challenges in their relationship, repair relationship “ruptures” (painful conflicts, misunderstandings, or experiences of disconnection) and to build emotional skills to relate differently to each other — particularly in the face of strong emotions such as anger, fear and hurt. My family work draws strongly from Attachment-Based Family Therapy (ABFT) – an evidence-based approach for improving adolescent mental health problems (depression, self-harming and suicidal thoughts) and strengthening parent-child relationships.
I work from a gender affirming, harm reduction and anti-oppressive framework, which recognizes and engages with the impact of intersecting oppressions (racism, sexism, transphobia, transmisogyny, homophobia, ableism etc.) on my clients’ lives, as relevant to them and our work.
I am a Registered Social Worker (RSW) in good standing with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) and a member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW).
I would be honoured to support you and/or your family through life’s challenges and transitions. Please do not hesitate to contact me for a free telephone consultation to discuss how I can be of support to you.