Counselling for Individuals

We all experience times in our lives when it is helpful to reach out for support. I will meet you from a place of deep compassion that comes from my own experience of being on this human journey. I strive to create a healing space that honours the fullness of who you are and I believe you carry the resources within yourself to create the changes you desire.

I draw on my training and experience in Acceptance and Commitment therapy, Solution Focused Brief therapy, systems perspectives and Somatic Transformation to help you achieve greater harmony and balance in your life. I believe that therapy is a collaborative processes that requires the knowledge and insights of both client and therapist to be successful. You arrive with your expertise about you and your life context, while I contribute my skills, knowledge and insights to help you get closer to the life, relationships and vitality you envision.


Art Therapy for Individuals


Art Therapy is a unique approach to healing that combines visual art and psychotherapy within the rich grounding of the creative process. A somatic art therapy approach also integrates the knowing of the body with insights from both hemispheres of the brain to help overcome blocks that are hard to access through traditional talk therapy.


Though many people have some initial hesitation about creating art in a session, I find that the discomfort diminishes quickly because our focus is on the gifts of the "art process," rather than creating an "art product." Similar to my counselling practice, the flow, content and approach of each art therapy session depends a lot on what feels most relevant to you and your healing process.


In general, art therapy sessions include a period of talking (clarify concerns, goals, ongoing reflections), a period of art making and then a discussion about what has surfaced emotionally, psychologically and somatically through the creative process. Approaching healing with creativity can have a transformative effect and lead to renewed life energy. When appropriate, I also draw on my knowledge as a talk therapist to offer additional possibilities and suggestions.

Please note, I am able to offer tele-health services via phone and/or video during the COVID 19 pandemic.

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