Psychology and psychotherapy have been my passions since I was a young adolescent. I began to read Freud and Jung at 14 years of age, before discovering one of the first child therapists, Melanie Klein, whose theories about the problems of children fascinated me. Since I was a young child I have always been curious and reflective about why people do what they do, and psychology and psychotherapy have opened up many paths of understanding myself and others for over 20 years.
The psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott once said that some people are born to do this work – they have a feeling for it “in their bones” – while others approach it from a more academic perspective. Having been involved in therapy as a struggling adolescent, before doing an intensive psychoanalysis as part of my training at the Toronto Child Psychoanalytic Program, it would be fair to say that I was destined to do what I am doing, and that the work of therapy is deeply embedded in me. Due to these personal experiences, I was a student of the therapy field long before I ever entered a school.
I am a native Torontonian, having grown up in Etobicoke in the Humber Valley area. For high school, I attended Royal St. George’s College, Etobicoke Collegiate, and the School of Experiental Education (SEE). This varied academic background definitely helps me understand children and the academic system in a deeper way. I earned my B.A.(Psychology) from Concordia University in 1998. I earned my Masters degree (Holistic and Aesthetic Education) from the University of Toronto in 2002, and in 2008 I received my Ph.D. (Holistic and Aesthetic education) from the University of Toronto and my child therapy diploma from the Toronto Child Psychoanalytic Program. I am currently a post-academic candidate at the Toronto Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis.
I have worked in the Toronto therapy field since 2000. I first volunteered as a therapist at the Hincks Dellcrest Centre from 2000-2004. From 2004 – 2008 I was employed at the private psychology clinic, The Willow Centre, as a therapist of children, adolescents and adults, and from 2005-2010 I worked at the Durham Children’s Aid Society with children and adolescents. This rich experience working with two very different populations definitely aided my professional development and helps my current work. I have an understanding of the Children’s Aid system and still work with many of these children in foster care, or with their parents.
In 2008 I began my private practice in Toronto near Avenue Rd and Bloor. I currently have a diverse practice where I treat infants and mothers, young children, adolescents and adults. I also see a small number of families and couples.
I am naturally a creative, unorthodox thinker. My interests include guitar and voice, creative writing, meditation and yoga. I was taught by my father to become good at fishing, which is still one of my passions. I love the outdoors, boating, camping, and animals. I occasionally enjoy distractions such as video games, which definitely helps my teenaged and young adult patients feel that I can understand their experiences. My main academic interests include theories of therapeutic action (how and why therapy works) and psychoanalysis and Buddhism.
If you interested in making an appointment or finding out more about teen counseling psychotherapy near Yorkville or Bay Station, the first step is a telephone consultation where we briefly speak about your concerns, before meeting to discuss the issues in more depth. This is also the time to discuss any questions you have about therapy before deciding if it is the right treatment for you.