Flexible, Helpful, Affordable

Thank you for visiting my website.
Here you can connect with the tools, techniques and resources you need to explore the problems that you are facing and tackle them collaboratively and insightfully.

 

All are welcome

I am:

  • Trauma-informed
  • Feminist
  • Harm-reduction focused
  • Body-positive
  • Inclusive
  • Culturally competent
  • LGBTQ+-affirming
  • Open to all faiths and spiritual traditions.

 

No-Judgement Zone

We’ll start wherever you are

Shame and shoulds can be saved for the other 23 hours of the day. In-session we’re interested if thoughts, feelings and behaviours are helpful, adaptive and/or accurate. There’s no expectation to adhere to strict regimens, to abstain from substance use (harm reduction approach embraced). You will get out of the experience what you put into it.

Goal-Focused
Chart a path based on your values and begin the work to get where you want to go.
Thoughts, Feelings & Beliefs
Get to the core of your struggles by understanding patterns and trying to stop negative reactions before they happen
Boundaries & Balance
Preserve your energy and ensure your needs get met

Counselling and Psychotherapy

Collaborative treatment for many of life’s difficulties

Using evidence-based techniques and modalities including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy and Existential-Humanistic/Person-Centred therapy, we can explore the issues you may be facing and treat a number of disorders including:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Addictions
  • Trauma
  • Personality Disorders
  • Mood Disorders
Feedback-Informed

To ensure we work well together, a “Session Rating Scale” survey is sent out with every session for you to share whether you thought we were working on the areas you want to explore and to reflect on how we can be more effective. 

Pay What You Can

Sliding scale options are available. Income should not be a barrier to access to quality healthcare. 

Insight-Focused

Working together we devise a conceptualization that helps see the big picture that has contributed to your difficulties from a biopsychosocial perspective. 

Connected to Professionals

As a Qualifying Psychotherapist I work under supervision which means I have access to other experienced professionals who I can ask if I require assistance or to chart a way forward. I am closely connected to a network of clinicians in our community who provide invaluable assistance to make sure I’m providing the best service possible. 

Licensed, Insured, Certified

As a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario, I am bound by their Code of Ethics and Standard of Practice and in compliance with all regulations requiring security/confidentiality, record keeping, etc. 

Secure record-keeping and communication

Our online system includes advanced encryption and security features that are in compliance with Federal and Provincial privacy laws. The built-in video conferencing system is secure, reliable and convenient. Email communication is protected with advanced privacy and encryption. 

Book Your Own Appointments

You can schedule your appointments and pay your invoices online 24/7. 

Available In-Person or Online

I can meet you in-person in Owen Sound and online from anywhere in Ontario.

Easy and flexible

Where shall we begin?

Our process is easy and flexible to help you get connected quickly. Affordable services available.

Step 1:

Book Online

You can schedule an in-person or virtual meeting via the online booking system. If you want to discuss an affordable rate you can schedule a 15-minute “sliding scale consult”

Step 2:

Treatment

We work collaboratively toward your goals, and explore the thoughts/feelings/beliefs that may be creating some of the challenges in your day-to-day life.

Step 3:

Feedback & Completion

Using the Session Rating Scale & Outcome Rating Scale, we’ll assess our results and adjust for greater effectiveness. We’ll set an agreed upon end-date for our work together.

Things you should know:

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some Frequently Asked Questions

Can you diagnose mental health disorders?

As a psychotherapist, I am unable to make any diagnosis. You would need to speak with a psychologist or psychiatrist to get a diagnosis. If you have an existing condition we can discuss that and work on a treatment.

What kind of therapy modalities do you use?

I have a strong basis in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) which is the gold standard for treating many mental health disorders including depression and anxiety. I have some experience working with addictions and using Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) techniques. As someone with a background in English Literature and the humanities I strongly resonate with Existential psychotherapist or Logotherapy (i.e. Viktor Frankl) and Narrative Therapy.

What is your hourly rate?

Currently I charge $100/hour for an online session and $120 for an in-person session.

There are options for a sliding scale if you need to adjust the rate so that affordability is not a barrier to access.

Where are you located?

Sessions can be held online using our secure platform tied to our booking site, or at an office situated at the Lutheran Church of our Saviour in Owen Sound (1049 4th Avenue West, Owen Sound, ON)

Can I get a prescription for medication?

As a Registered Psychotherapist I am unable to prescribe. You would need to make an appointment with a psychiatrist or speak to your family doctor.

What is a 'Qualifying' Registered Psychotherapist

As a Qualifying Registered Psychotherapist I am required to practice under supervision until I meet requirements as to my number of supervision hours and client contact. “Supervision” does not mean someone is directly watching me, rather that I need to seek guidance and have a space to ask questions about my cases. This is a best practice at any rate, and even if I was in practice for many years I would still seek guidance as needed.

One way to think of it is as similar to a graduated driver’s licensing system: I completed my G1 in placement, am currently completing my G2, and after I will have achieved my “full G” license and I will no longer be Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) but simply Registered Psychotherapist (RP).

Which areas do you specialize in?

I specialize in treating many day-to-day concerns that client present with including:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Grief
  • Anger
  • Guilt and Shame

Additionally, I can assist with trauma.

I do not have experience treating eating disorders, nor can I perform EMDR or work with complex trauma/dissociation.

What regulatory body are you licensed under?

I am a Registered Qualifying Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario

Who I am

About Me

I am a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. I have worked with individuals across the spectrum of ability and language proficiency including those with disabilities, those who experience poverty and housing instability, at-risk youth who were aging out of foster care, indigenous people and newcomers to Canada in the areas of case management, crisis intervention, mental health, counselling and psychotherapy, healthcare, community engagement, postsecondary student services, developmental support and educational support including as an English as a Second Language instructor.

Here to help engage in a collaborative process to get to the heart of the issues you face and find a way forward.

I worked as a Community Development Coordinator with the Learning Disabilities Association of Sudbury to complete a grant that was successful in obtaining $600,000 for three years to make a regional organization serving clients across Northeastern Ontario. I have also worked on grant projects including a train-the-trainer grant to bring mental health training to Laurentian University and a project to support addiction medicine programming on two First Nations reserves.

Schedule your appointment today!

You can reach out via our online booking system to schedule a session.