Counselling

Counselling works by giving you:

HELP to heal from harmful experiences, difficult life events and hurtful relationships

GUIDANCE to grow on behalf of being happier, calmer, more clear, confident and connected to others

SUPPORT to flourish with greater joy, ease, resilience and purpose

I’ve got the education, experience and deep care to:

  • listen and question attentively without judgment so that you feel truly seen, heard and understood
  • offer new perspectives to support your awareness of your ways of thinking, feeling, acting and relating,  and your understanding of your experiences, past and present
  • move you forward with the development of new evidence-based skills and capacities… champion your growth and trouble-shoot your ups and downs through your process of change

Counselling services in Ottawa and over secure video-conferencing in Ontario for adults aged 25 and up.

Help to Heal

Harmful experiences in your past can limit your current day functioning and relationships if you have not had the opportunity to share, understand and heal from them. I have helped hundreds of people from all walks of life who had been affected in their self-esteem, moods, coping and relationships by exposure to: abuse, assaults and inappropriate experiences (emotional, physical, sexual); neglect, criticism, shaming; abandonment, betrayals, secrets; bullying, harassment.
Grief and loss affect all of us, but our fast-paced and emotionally unexpressive cultures often do not provide us with the compassionate and patient companionship and dialogue that we need to be able to move towards a ‘new normal’ after we have undergone: illness (self and others); infertility, miscarriage; bereavement; separation, divorce, custody issues; estrangements. I am honoured to offer you a safe place to share, integrate and heal from your losses.

“Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.”

— Brené Brown

“Psychotherapy is a learning experience. Improvement is not produced by an external substance, but by changes within the person. It is like learning to read, write or ride a bicycle. Once you have learned, the skills stay with you.”

— Irving Kirsch

Guidance to Grow

Would you like to be more reliably happy, calm, confident, clear and connected in your life? Work with my warm, wise and evidence-based guidance to develop the skills you need to access:

  • More optimism, resilience and fun when vulnerable to low mood, depression and despair
  • Greater relaxation, confidence, assertiveness and acceptance when side-lined by stress, nervousness, irritability and tension
  • More compassion, courage, calmness and engagement when gripped by shame, fear or panic
  • Deeper clarity and direction when feeling confused and uncertain about difficult decisions regarding school, work, and relationships
  • Enhanced assertiveness, expression, intimacy and belonging when frustrated or unfulfilled in relationships

Support to Flourish

Counselling is not simply about managing our more distressing emotions, but is also designed to support our evolution from surviving to thriving, from getting by to flourishing.  Through candid conversations with me, you can become more aware of your true longings, purpose and identity, and build your capacities to engage in life with more fullness, freedom and alignment, including:

  • Successfully navigating life transitions such as going to university, getting a job, changing careers, staying home, going back to work, separation, divorce, retirement and more
  • Becoming adept and reliable in work-life balance and self-care for optimal wellness and fulfilment
  • Knowing, nurturing, moving and nourishing your body for optimal wellness
  • Exploring questions of who you are and what your right work and right relationships might best be

“Just as the good life is something beyond the pleasant life, the meaningful life is beyond the good life.”

— Martin Seligman

More Information

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