Be yourself. The world worships the original. Ingrid Bergman
As a humanistic, client centered therapist, I provide open, accepting and supportive environment to encourage my clients to consider and freely explore their presenting issues and life challenges.
I use creative tools including art work, dream work, body work, sounds and movement to create and enhance experiences to support your unique process of exploration. I invite you to consider how your life experiences affect how you feel, act or react in the present. I will work with you to find creative solutions, so you can discover places you are stuck, and initiate change that you desire. You may uncover resources in places you didn’t know existed. I am a curious person and a curious therapist and am always open to exploring new approaches to best support specific and unique needs of my clients.
My core training is in Gestalt, a client centered, experiential form of therapy that emphasizes personal responsibility and focuses on awareness and the experience in the present moment. Gestalt is a descriptive and non-prescriptive form of therapy.
I also freely borrow from a range of other client centered therapeutic modalities such as:
Autosomatic Training I have trained with Dr. Phil Walsh, developer of the Autosomatic Training to learn how to incorporate this very private yet powerful way of emotional processing into my practice and to best support my clients in managing and clearing a wide range of personal and relationship issues including complex and long lasting trauma.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is an empirically-based psychological intervention that uses a combination of acceptance and mindfulness strategies and commitment and behavior-change strategies, to increase psychological flexibility.
Brief Solution Focused Therapy BSFT focuses on what clients want to achieve through therapy rather than on the problem(s) that made them seek help. Solution focused therapists believe that each client knows what BETTER means for them and that they also have the resources needed to make it happen.
Calla Lilly Therapy is a blend of psychotherapy and Thai Massage. Calla Lilly Therapy is available to clients who are interested in exploring their journey to wholeness through re-connecting with and re-learning the language of the body in a supportive and safe environment.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is based on modifying thoughts and behaviors, with the aim of influencing emotions. Therapeutic techniques include keeping a diary of significant events and associated feelings, thoughts and behaviors and gradually trying out new ways of behaving and reacting. Relaxation and distraction techniques are also commonly included.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) I have recently completed a five day intensive workshop with Roy Kiessling, LISW. A well defined, eight step process offers a simple yet powerful way to safely process traumatic experiences. The original procedure was developed by Francine Shapiro in 1995. I am in the process of being certified as an EMDR therapist.
Focusing Oriented Therapy I am embracing this gentle and private daily practice and learning how to incorporate it into my therapeutic work. I have trained in Focusing under the guidance of Jan Winhall, MSW, founder of the Toronto Focusing Institute.
Motivational Interviewing (MI) MI recognizes that clients approach counselling at different levels of readiness for change. MI focuses on the present, and entails working with a client to access motivation to change a particular behavior, that is not consistent with client’s personal value or goal.
Narrative Therapy Narrative therapy works on developing insight by supporting the client in “re-authoring” their experiences. The client is the ultimate expert of their own life. Narrative therapy explores client’s beliefs, skills, principles, and knowledge with the aim of reducing the severity of the problem. Therapists assists clients in telling their story by acting like an asking questions of an “investigative reporter”.
Rewind Technique The Rewind Technique, is a simple yet powerful guided visualization technique that is reported to be a highly effective treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and different types of phobia. Clients typically get markedly better after just a few sessions with some making a dramatic improvement after just one session. I am a certified Rewind technique practitioner.
I am also a certified facilitator in the powerful dancing practice called Dancing Freedom, and can incorporate dance in my work with clients.