I am a practising psychotherapist and psychoanalyst. I have been in private practice since 2007, seeing both individuals and couples. I am a registered clinical member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. I received my first training and diploma from the Toronto Institute of Relational Psychotherapy and then underwent analytic training, graduating from Toronto Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis. In addition, I have an Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts from York University.
In the world of psychotherapy and psychoanalysis there are generally two streams, those who practice from a more medicalized model and those who approach the field from the humanities, from a literary or arts perspective. While mindful of the importance and value in each, my background is in the arts. I am a musician and have spent almost 40 years listening deeply and responding sensitively to others in the moment. This same skill informs my work as a therapist.
From both my professional and personal experience, I believe that it is not necessarily the therapeutic theory, the approach, or the programme that leads to change and growth. It’s the something extra, the relationship that we forge, that can make growth and real change possible.