Whether your difficulties stem from past traumas or whether you struggle to move forward in life, nothing is too big or too small to move through. I would love to help you imagine a greater possibility for yourself, and then support you in achieving that possibility. My sense is that when we feel overwhelmed, we often cannot see the solutions that are within our grasp and thus we remain stuck. I also firmly believe that many of life’s problems can be alleviated by sharing them with someone who is trained to listen or I can offer you tools to manage your stress and overwhelm. Becoming more self aware is a powerful road to self-mastery. I believe through our work together you can find your answers.
I am an experienced and certified coach and a Registered Psychotherapist. I trained and worked in Toronto for over 20 years and I moved to Torbay four years ago. I now work at the lovely Riviera Centre in Paignton, and since Covid-19 I have been offering on-line sessions via Skype.
Because I have trained as a coach as well as a psychotherapist, I can work with you in a variety of ways that is best suited to your needs. But whichever way we go, I believe that together we can get your life on track so you can live your life as fully as possible.
Aside from listening with an attentive and empathetic ear, some of my favourite tools to pass onto you are Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness based Meditation and body focus, and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). I find these three modalities work beautifully together which enable people to overcome a vast array of issues that hold them back.
I work out of a Wellness Clinic in Paignton which will hopefully help you to feel relaxed as soon as you walk through the door, alternatively, I offer on-line sessions via Skype.
Training, qualifications & experience
My training and qualifications have been varied and eclectic ranging from Registered Canadian Art Therapist; Registered Psychotherapist in Toronto, Canada; Certified Master's Level Practitioner of NLP; Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT); certified Strategic Intervention Coach; certified coach in Marriage Education and Divorce Prevention; Psychodramatic Bodywork training for over 10 years; Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy; Certified in Treating Trauma Master Series 2018; Polyvegal theory in the Treatment of Trauma; Assessment and Treatment of Children and Adolescents; New Decision Therapy up to the Teacher Training Certificate; Sacred Money Archetypes; Mindful based Stress Reduction training; and ongoing and continuous training and workshops while working for an EAP company in Toronto and through the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP).
Credits earned while obtaining my Master's in Education at OISE, Toronto: Creativity and Wellness; Guided Imagery in Counselling; Project paper with my work with young male adolescent offenders; Individual research Curriculum for Offenders; The Body's Way of Knowing; The Contemplative Practitioner; Teaching through Case Studies of Young Offenders.
I worked for many years with male adolescent offenders in open and closed custody; latency aged children in a group home; children under the care of the Children's Aid Society of Toronto; adolescents within the Youth Justice system; I ran a workshop in the Toronto Jail and at a creative arts centre; as an instructor and supervisor at the Toronto Art therapy Institute; a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist and Short Term Solution focused Counsellor with the largest Employee Assistance Program (EAP) in Toronto; and as a Psychotherapist in private practice, where I also ran creative workshops.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) which works wonderfully for those suffering with depression, anger issues and PTSD.
I work in person in the Riviera Wellness Clinic, Paignton. And also work on line with Skype.
I created an eBook called “Voyage of Discovery: An art therapist and young male offenders find their way using the projective drawings, "Draw a Person in the Rain and Draw a Person in the Rain with Changes. “