First and foremost, I work from the belief that Life, in all its complexity, is both beautiful and excruciating, and that much of the time it is both simultaneously. My counselling perspective begins with the strong belief that many individuals did not receive the unconditional positive regard they needed to help them develop coping and emotion regulation skills in childhood. This leads to challenges later in life, many of which can be addresed through counselling.
I use a variety of evidence-based modalities to work with people struggling with their mental health. I approach any intervention through the lens that the client is the expert of their own life. I conduct counselling sessions in-person and online, via video chat.
In my perinatal mental health work, I see women wrestling with past trauma and processing birth trauma. I see women preparing for childbirth, or dealing with news that their baby's birth will not be the type they had planned. Fears are common, as are big questions about relationships. Identity work is paramount, as the transition into motherhood is one of the most significant life changes a person can undergo.
I have learned that many women who previously saw a therapist no longer do once their baby is born. To try to mitigate this disruption in self-care, I offer in-home counselling sessions for pregnant individuals at home on bedrest and for new mothers in the first few months postpartum.