My approach to therapy is client-centered, which means that the counseling process is dictated by the needs of each client and the particular changes someone wants to make in their life. I do not believe that therapy is a "one-size fits all" process. I draw on different clinical approaches depending on your specific needs and circumstances. Some of the evidenced-based therapeutic approaches I draw from include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), attachment theory, solution focused therapy, narrative therapy, and mindfulness theory and practice.
I foster a therapeutic space that is sex-positive, queer friendly, trauma-informed and embraces an anti-oppression framework.
I have both a law degree and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Toronto. I have utilized these academic qualifications in more than 20 years of work as a criminal lawyer, social service manager, educator and psychotherapist. Both before and since leaving the practice of law, I have worked extensively as a counselor with youth, families in conflict, lawyers and health care professionals, and individuals struggling with transition. I have also worked in the field of international development, been the managing director of a health care clinic dealing with women’s reproductive health issues and a senior manager of counseling services at a Toronto social service agency. Most recently, I have held administrative positions focused on mental health policy and services in post-secondary institutions, including the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law and George Brown College where I currently serve as the Director of Student Support & Inclusive Learning.
I am a registered social worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and a full member of the Ontario Association of Social Workers.
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