I am a Registered Social Worker with seven years of clinical experience providing psychotherapy to diverse populations. I specialize in supporting individuals experiencing challenges including: anxiety, depression, mood disorders, substance use, gender, sexuality and queer issues, relationship challenges, and navigating life transitions. I am a cis female settler of Ukrainian and French descent. I am queer identified and have had the privilege of supporting many individuals within the LGBTQ+ community around issues of sexuality, and gender.
My interest in mental health began as a young person growing up outside of Vancouver where I frequently encountered the pain and strength of individuals living in the Downtown Eastside. As a teenager I volunteered at the Elizabeth Fry Society where I received my first education on the impacts of trauma on mental health and the resiliency of the human spirit.
After completing my Bachelor of Social Work degree at McGill University I worked with women and families affected by domestic violence at Red Door Family Shelter, and individuals experiencing homelessness at LAMP Community Health Centre. Inspired to learn more about mental health and addiction I went on to complete my Masters of Social Work Degree at the University of Toronto.
During my Masters Degree I completed my clinical training at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in the outpatient concurrent disorders clinic.
I have subsequently worked in residential addictions treatment, CAMH, the Canadian Mental Health Association, and multiple community based settings supporting individuals experiencing mental health and addiction issues, mood disorders and psychosis.
I am trained in and use evidence-based modalities in therapy, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and mindfulness.
I am registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (Registration # 821114).
My approach is warm, collaborative, honest and empathic. I strive to create space where my clients feel safe, seen and supported. My practice is informed by my Anti-Oppressive, anti-racist and intersectional feminist values.
In my free time I enjoy antiquing, going to the beach with my dear senior dog, and practicing yoga.