MA, MSW, RSW
Registered Social Worker
AREAS OF FOCUS
- Gender Identity and Transition
- Anxiety, Depression and Mood-related Issues
I am a queer, white, transmasculine settler who has been actively engaged in social justice and LGBTQ2S+ community work for nearly 15 years. I completed my Master of Social Work degree at Dalhousie University in 2015. I am a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) and a member of the Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW). I also hold degrees in Literature and Theatre Studies. I provide individual psychotherapy to youth and adults, working primarily with trans folks — though I welcome people of all gender identities to my practice!
“We each deserve gentle, affirming space to heal and to grow.”
I have been honoured to practice for the past several years in community-based settings with people who are systematically marginalized in mainstream health and mental health services. The lived experiences of my clients, who have invariably found brilliant ways to survive injustice, are central to how I approach this work.
While I continue to draw upon therapeutic modalities that inform my social work training, including narrative, solution-focused and cognitive therapies, much of my more recent training has centred on trauma-focused therapy. Since joining Umbrella, my practice is increasingly focused on the intersections of gender identity and trauma recovery. I recently completed Level 1 training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, a form of trauma therapy that pays particular attention to how the body is impacted by and recovers from traumatic experience. My approach to trauma work forefronts collaboration, respect, safety, and choice.