My Path so far…
I came to be a Psychotherapist in a circuitous way. In my 20s I travelled extensively in Europe and Canada until I returned to Toronto. I went to film school at the Trebas Institute, and worked as a Grip in the film industry. I studied improv at the Second City in Toronto, the Bad Dog Theatre and the Impatient theatre Company as well as doing a one month residency studying Improv in Chicago at the iO theatre. Though I loved improv, acting and film, for 20 years, I worked full time as a carpenter (it paid the bills!) .
In 2011, with a 2 year old at home and another child on the way, I suffered a back injury at work and had to take a significant amount of time off to await surgery and manage my pain. I had a lot of time to reflect on the path I was on and to recognize that I wanted to change the direction of my life and career to better reflect my evolving self. As I thought about retraining, I realized that what I loved most about Improv was the way that relationship was explored in the scene and how possibilities could be co-created with other actors to end up with outcomes I never could have predicted on my own. Improv was always my own way to work through my inner struggles. The more I learned about Relational Psychotherapy, the more I started to see the parallels between therapy and Improv. I was inspired to work with people who wanted to explore themselves at deeper levels and the path of Psychotherapy felt like a good next step.
My 4 years training at the Toronto Institute for Relational Psychotherapy (TIRP) was a perfect fit for me, providing deep theoretical as well as experiential opportunities to develop my self and my career. This development continues as I seek to engage in seminars with experts who are moving the field of psychotherapy in fascinating directions, to develop ways to incorporate my love of improv with psychotherapeutic theories, and to continue to deepen my skill in the art of psychotherapy by engaging in regular clinical supervision and ongoing theoretical as well as experiential study.
Since 2013, I have run a private psychotherapy practice first in Toronto and since 2015, in Collingwood. I worked part time at the Pine River Institute where I was a Residential Youth Counsellor for youth 13 to 19 struggling concurrently with addictive behaviours and mental health issues. I also worked as a Patient and Family Support Worker at Hospice Georgian Triangle providing group therapy sessions and individual support to patients during their end of life journeys.
When I’m not working as a therapist, I teach improv, act on an improv team and bring award winning improvisors from Toronto to perform in Creemore and Collingwood. I am also deeply engaged in cross fit and living an active, adventurous life.
I love providing individual, couples and family Psychotherapy to clients as they bravely strive to change and deepen their connection to themselves and to the people they love.
Diploma: Toronto Institute for Relational Psychotherapy – 2010-2014
Training with Dr. Janina Fisher and Terry Real on working with Couples who have a history of trauma – 2020
Training: Complex Trauma Revisited: A revolving model of Emotional, Cognitive, and Relational processing, John Briere, PhD. 2019
Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, Dr Sue Johnson – 2017
5 day Satir Family Therapy Training with Dr. Maria Gomori – 2017
7 day Journey to Self with Dr. Maria Gomori -The Haven Gabriola Island BC – 2016
Level 1 Attachment Focused Family Therapy, Dr. Sian Phillips – 2015
Grief and Bereavement Therapy, Andrea Warnick- 2015
Understanding Shame: A Neurobiological Approach. Dr. Pat DeYoung- 2014
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