about gestalt therapy
Gestalt therapy is a present-centred, experiential and relational approach to psychotherapy.
I will work with you to explore your feelings and behaviours to help gain insight into your patterns and how you relate to others. By supporting you to consider and experiment with compassion and non-judgmental self-awareness we make room to explore new possibilities and in these possibilities you may find you discover new options and choices.
Often we try to force ourselves to change, and I imagine that if this strategy actually worked in the long-term, you wouldn't be feeling stuck or be looking for some help now. Gestalt therapy recognizes that trying to force change often results in further distress and that, paradoxically, change actually results from acceptance of what is. Thus, our sessions together will explore how you show up in the world and in your relationships, which builds greater self-awareness, and begin to experiment with accepting and trusting in your feelings and experiences which in turn may alleviate your distress.
I use a variety of modalities and creative experiments throughout our work together to deepen your experience and explore new possibilities. The experiments are tailored to you, and the moment, and may include:
● Embodiment and movement
● Art (drawing or other media)
● Dream work
● Sensory awareness
I am a Registered Psychotherapist, licensed with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO), as well as a member of the Canadian Association of Psychodynamic Therapy (CAPT). I am a graduate of the Gestalt Institute of Toronto's 5-year Training Program.
I remember deciding I wanted to be a therapist as a teenager and this desire led me to study Family & Social Relations at the University of Guelph, with an interest in sexuality and gender identity. My introduction to gestalt however, happened slowly, filtering into my life over many years - first, in my education, then, through my own experiences in therapy, and finally it was my exposure to the practice of mindfulness that led me to begin my psychotherapy training at the Gestalt Institute of Toronto.
I have experience working with clients who are looking for
depression, sadness & anger
stress & anxiety
grief, loss & isolation
chronic pain & illness
sexuality (lgbtq+ & sex positive)
gender identity and transitions