Learning to walk with, instead of against, your trauma.
ABOUT ME/ AREAS OF SPECIALITY
Childhood and Adult Trauma, Folks from Foster Care, 2SLGTBQIA, bi-affirming, Non-monogamy, Kink and Sexuality, Attachment Theory, Polyvagal Theory, Religious Trauma and Anti-Capitalism
I am a registered therapist (MSW, RSW) with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, as well as, the Ontario Association of Social Workers, meaning that my services are covered by most health care plans. I provide virtual therapy only.
Coming from a significant trauma history myself, I developed an interest in better understanding how early childhood trauma impacts us throughout our adult lives. I believe in using an individualized approach with my clients to develop trauma symptom coping skills that are unique to them.
In addition to my therapy practice, I am also a writer and publish writing on trauma, sexuality and queerness on Patreon and Substack. You can also find hard copies of my books online and in a number of local bookstores.
TRAUMA FOCUSED VIRTUAL THERAPY
I offer virtual Trauma Therapy in Ontario for survivors of childhood abuse who have experienced sexual, physical or emotional abuse, religious abuse and/or neglect. Trauma Therapy is not an easy or short process. I share skills and knowledge needed to begin walking alongside your trauma, instead of against it. As every person is unique, my therapeutic approach will be different for every individual. Trauma can make us feel powerless. Healing our trauma, takes our power back.
I am queer-identified, non-monogamy/poly and kink friendly. I work from an anti-capitalist value system. I strive to offer an open-minded, comfortable, safe(r) space to process traumas.
My practice includes components of Trauma-Centered Exposure Therapy and psychoeducation on the nervous system and Attachment Theory to create unique and individualized approaches for each client. I share trauma education throughout the sessions because the more we understand about our trauma, the less scary and overwhelming it becomes.
Contact me to schedule a free 15-minute meet and greet where we can connect and address any questions you may have about Trauma Therapy and/or my therapeutic style.
My approach to trauma therapy includes Exposure Therapy (talking about the traumatic events), Attachment Theory (understanding how trauma impacts how we connect with others as adults), Polyvagal Theory (understanding how trauma impacts our nervous system) and offering psycho-education throughout the therapy sessions. I prioritize working with queer folks, neurodivergent folks and those who come from backgrounds of religious/cult trauma.
I offer couples therapy for partners who may be struggling with trauma, intimacy, connection, conflict or understanding each others needs. In addition, I offer joint sessions for chosen family, friends, polycules and roommates. Joint sessions can offer a safe(r) space and extra support to communicate through challenging times or provide general healthy relationship upkeep.
INDIVIDUALS FROM FOSTER CARE
Growing up as a queer youth in the foster care system, I have an understanding of how growing up in foster care impacts attachment and trust in others, as adults. I strive to hold space to have conversations and support other folks who have this history as a part of their story.
POLY, NON-MONOGAMY & KINK INFORMED
I offer a safe(r) space to discuss alternative relationship styles, sex, BDSM and kink. This can look like discussing topics pertaining to sexuality and sexual orientation, healthy and safe sexual expression, harm reduction practices, kink and BDSM through the lens of trauma and reconnecting to your sexuality after trauma. I believe that healthy sexual expression is your right and I strive to offer a non-judgemental and educated space to explore these topics.
HOW MUCH DOES THERAPY WITH YOU COST?
50-minute intake and subsequent therapy 50-minute appointments: $140
30-minute check in appointments: $95
65-minute couples therapy appointments: $170
I am a registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, meaning my services are covered by most private health care insurance plans.
WHAT ARE YOUR QUALIFICATIONS?
I graduated from Wilfred Laurier with a Masters of Social Work in 2018. I have worked in the field of social work for a decade. I value and prioritize taking workshops and trainings on alternative topics such as kink, sexuality and queerness. I also value taking these workshops and trainings from other survivors. I read extensively about trauma, different therapy models and approaches.
Please note that although I am a Registered Social Worker and Psychotherapist, I am NOT formally trained in CBT, IFS, EMDR, DBT or other modalities. Most of my training is self taught by reading, listening to podcasts and taking workshops directly from survivors and agencies that do work with survivors. For more information, you can visit my education page.
WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?
I offer virtual only therapy - meaning I can service anyone within Ontario! I also offer phone sessions for those who prefer not to meet over video or need some extra flexibility.