I see individuals, couples, families, and groups. I work with clients of all ages including children.With youngsters I join them in play in order to gain some understanding of how they see their world. Children talk when they are ready and play is often the language they choose.
Adults, on the other hand, are free to explore their issues at their own pace. Rather than having one set therapeutic modality, I prefer to join with the clients where they see themselves. I can then work with them in dynamic ways meant to meet their individual and specific needs.
My specializations are in emotional loss, death and dying, and the specific issues belonging to adult children of mentally ill parents. I also work with depression, anxiety, addictions, chronic illness, gender concerns, parenting, and behaviour difficulties. We can jointly discover what works best in order for the client to explore and resolve the issues that are impeding his/her peace of mind.
A significant part of my practice is working with all types of relationship issues. In couple work and/or marital counseling I make every effort to maintain an even balance so that neither person feels that one or the other is favored.
Grief is what each person will go through, at some point in his/her life, when touched by a death or non-death loss.
While many theories have developed over time regarding the stages of grief, it has become apparent that each person grieves in his or her own way and own timeframe. That sounds simple enough, but it doesn’t feel simple. It can be overwhelmingly painful and bring up other deep emotions and past experiences.
It is understandable to feel overwhelmed, frightened, helpless, anxious or depressed when faced with a deep loss. When this mourning period seemingly goes on for longer than thought to be “normal”; when “moving on” or “getting over it” seems impossible, it is important to seek out a therapist experienced in dealing with grief and all that it encompasses.
Grieving is scary but to not grieve is to invalidate a relationship. I want to help you “grieve well”, to let you know that you are not alone, to accompany you on this journey.
Adult Children of Mentally Ill Parents
Do you carry the pain?
Was your parent clinically diagnosed or did (s)he often behave in ways that were erratic, unstable, permissive or controlling, abusive verbally/physically?
The results of growing up in this environment are specific and carry over into current situations. Relationship issues, anger and anxiety, communication problems, rigidity or permissiveness do not have to impact your present connections.
You can choose to heal the wounds in order to be the person you want to be.
• College diploma in social studies
• Bachelor of Arts (psychology) – McGill University, Mtl, QC
• Certificate in Family Life Education – Concordia University, Mtl
• Master of Arts in Educational Studies – Concordia University, Mtl
• Bachelor of Social Work – McGill University, Mtl, QC
• Master of Social Work – McGill University, Mtl, QC
• Addiction Studies – McMaster University, Hamilton, ON
• Bilingual certificate – L’Office de la Langue Française
• Additional certificates: conflict resolution, anxiety, children who witness domestic violence, sexual abuse, physical abuse
• Recipient of McGill Alumni Award for Excellence in Clinical Practice 2001
• Published manuscript “How Many Times Can You Say Good-bye? The Emotional Losses of Children of the Emotionally Ill”, 2001
• Published paper on distance education 1997
• Member Professional Order of Social Workers of Quebec
• Past associate member AAMFT