Registered Social Worker
OCSWSSW Registration # 527837
Confidentiality and Limits to Confidentiality
All information shared between you and I in therapy is confidential unless it is required to be shared by law. This is the case when there is a need to protect you or others from harm, I am subpoenaed to attend court, or there is a dispute between us.
I will ask for your or your legal guardian's signature in order to exchange information with other service providers involved for the purposes of case coordination and treatment.
In situations of joint custody, written consent from all guardians is required before service is provided to your child.
Assessment & Intervention Planning
Therapy begins with a session for us to get to know one another and to build your trust in our therapeutic professional relationship. I begin by hearing a little about your life's story and what has prompted you to seek therapy. I inquire about your goals for therapy and we work collaboratively to develop a plan that will meet these goals. Signed consent to treatment is required for all clients. For children under the age of 12 legal consent for treatment is required from all legal guardians. We will discuss your strengths, resources, and factors that impact the timing and intensity of the work we do together.
Family Counselling, Couples Counselling & Therapeutic Parenting
It is my goal in family and couple therapy to work collaboratively with you and your immediate family members/partner to strengthen your attachment relationships. This is because having a secure emotional connection to your parent or partner is the foundation for emotional wellness and healing in all relationships. Guiding principles are used from the Circle of Security Program which teaches that as we are able to be bigger, stronger, wiser, and kind in balance in our interactions with our loved ones there is greater foundation of trust and secure connection.
EMDR & Trauma
None of us go through life without experiencing some traumatic (bad, sad, and/or scary) events that impact our perception of trust in ourselves, our relationships, and our world at some point in our journey. We are all vulnerable to experiencing symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress. These symptoms generally include hypervigilance, increased arousal, avoidance of things that remind us of the traumatic event, and a negative impact on our functioning at home/work/school.
For those of you who did not receive the gift of secure attachment from your caregivers, or may have even been harmed by them, the impact of trauma can be even more overwhelming.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a structured sensory based trauma intervention that uses bilateral stimulation to help the brain to process traumatic memories and body sensations that gets stuck in the brain. As this information is processed and cleared, often the feelings of emotional distress are cleared along with it. This intervention can be used with adults, youth, and children.