I have always identified as a learner and a helper; curious to understand the why and the how of living and healing. Being sensitive to the pain and discomfort of living beings has always been a part of me, and so my empathy meter is (mostly) always running. I manage myself in my vocation through self-compassion, meditation, listening to music, and being in or near the lake or ocean. Humour also holds a high value in my life and practice.
I have spent all my working life in health care, including long-term care, spinal cord injury, palliative care, and primary care. For a brief stint, I dabbled in a variety of roles in post-secondary education working with a cross-section of academics and researchers. I'm grateful to have been able to hone my skills in all of my roles.
And here I am now, finding immense fulfilment supporting individuals who seek connection to their own healing. Counselling and therapy can be a safe way to facilitate that healing.
In my role as a mental health counsellor, some of the issues that individuals seek support for include depression, anxiety, self-esteem, grief and bereavement, chronic pain, stress management, and life transitions. Added to all of this, I have most recently done a deep dive into the menopause transition, from perimenopause through to post-menopause. Helping individuals along this transition is very important; many health care providers are unable to spend the time with you to fully educate you on this transition - I can help fill in the gaps and empower you to advocate for your health.
Member in good standing of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers
Registration # 819059