Registered Social Worker
AREAS OF FOCUS
- Children, Adolescents and Adults
- Violence, Trauma and Healing
- Stress and Anxiety
I am a queer, woman(ish) settler born on Turtle Island of Dutch, Russian and Swiss Mennonite ancestry. I am a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) and a member in good standing with the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW). I obtained my Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Toronto. I hold an honours BA in Art History with minors in Sexual Diversity Studies and Fine Arts from the University of Toronto.
“Do not fear yourself – within you lie your greatest gifts. Embrace your multitudes and contradictions. You are your wisest teacher.”
I provide psychotherapy to children, youth, and adults across the lifespan. My personal and professional ethos is grounded in anti-oppression, anti- racism, de-colonization, and intersectional feminism. My work is informed by an understanding of how oppression, systemic discrimination, and identity-based violence impact our health and well-being and offer relational, mindfulness, and narrative-based approaches to support holistic, self-directed growth and healing. I draw on a number of therapeutic approaches including creative arts-based practices, trauma-informed cognitive-behavioural therapy, solution-focused therapy, and sex therapy, with a growing interest in emotionally focused and internal family systems therapies.
I am committed to the collaborative creation of safe, compassionate and healing spaces that empower clients to live meaningfully and thrive. Acknowledging folx as the expert of their own experiences, I work with clients navigating anxiety and stress; sadness, grief and loss; self-esteem and body image challenges; sex and sexuality; monogamous and polyamorous relationships; experiences of interpersonal and systemic violence and trauma; and struggles with attention and concentration. Operating from a position of cultural humility and drawing on strengths-based approaches, I support clients as they achieve their personal and therapeutic goals.