Learning to walk with, instead of against, your trauma.
TRAUMA FOCUSED THERAPY
I offer client-centred Trauma Focused Therapy for survivors of chronic childhood abuse. This includes, but is not limited to; sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse, neglect and addiction.
Experiencing ongoing trauma as a child impacts the brain, body, personal and interpersonal development in a variety of challenging ways well into adulthood. At times, it can feel as though the symptoms of your trauma will never get better.
Beginning the work to heal and manage the impacts and side effects of trauma is not an easy process. It takes courage, commitment and dedication to learn about your specific trauma, apply mindfulness, develop self awareness and learn tools to decrease the impact historical trauma has on your life today.
My social work practice incorporates components of Trauma-Centered therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to create unique and individualized approaches for each client.
So often, trauma is attempted to be managed through talk therapy only. However, we are now learning that trauma also becomes stuck in the physical body. For those who are open to it, breathing techniques, stretches and physical movements incorporated into therapy can be helpful.
My therapy practice is LGTBQ+ affirming and I strive to provide a non-judgemental and safe(r) space for my clients.
You can book a therapy intake appointment through Sage Naturopathic Clinic in Kitchener, located on Queen St. You can book online at or contact the clinic directly at (519) 573-6700.
I currently provide private counselling services at Sage Naturopathic clinic downtown Kitchener, bringing a specialization in early childhood trauma.
Coming from a complex background myself, I developed an interest in better understanding how early childhood trauma impacts us throughout our adult lives. I believe in using a person-centered holistic approach with my clients to develop trauma symptom coping skills that are unique to them.
These symptoms can include anything from anxiety, depression, bodily responses to trauma and substance abuse.
I also offer generalized counselling for grief, mental health and every day stressors.
In my spare time, I teach yoga at a number of local studios, write, publish poetry and hike with my German Shepherd Husky.
You can follow me on Instagram @alongsidetrauma or meet me in person by booking a counselling appointment through Sage Naturopathic Clinic.
Addressing the impacts and effects of trauma
TRAUMA THERAPY FOR SURVIVORS OF CHILDHOOD TRAUMA
I specialize in trauma therapy for survivors of historical, ongoing, childhood trauma. Ongoing childhood trauma has a unique effect on the brain and early childhood development. These effects can become problematic in your adult life.
Contact me today and lets start the hard work towards walking alongside your trauma and addressing what needs to be talked about.
Addiction can be isolating and is often misunderstood.
Addiction is often caused by underlying trauma and often begins as a coping mechanism which then becomes problematic. Addiction can lead to debt, damaged familial relationships and increased mental health complications.
If you feel like addiction has taken over your life, addiction counselling is a step in the right direction.
Worried about your teen? Or, are you a teen wanting to talk to someone who can see things from a neutral point of view to help you navigate this challenging stage of your life?
I've worked with teens since the beginning of my social work career and can offer the support you may be looking for.
Yoga & Meditation
I offer yoga and meditation for anxiety and depression.
Connecting to our bodies and breath through yoga can be a way of beginning or maintaining the journey of healing from trauma.
I also teach a number of weekly studio yoga classes. For more information, please contact me directly.
Cannabis Education & Yoga
Trauma survivors have been using cannabis to help aid with PTSD symptoms long before legalization.
Research has proven that when used responsibly, cannabis can aid with sleep, focus, anxiety, physical pain, appetite and a number of other symptoms of trauma.
I offer cannabis education sessions that provide helpful and practical knowledge about cannabis for those who desire a better understanding of medicinal use.
I am Ganja Yoga certified and the only Ganja Yoga certified Yoga Instructor in Ontario. I founded Cannabis Yoga in the cities of Kitchener-Waterloo in 2018 and offer pop-up cannabis yoga classes throughout the year.
For more information, please contact me directly.
Sage Naturopathic Clinic
585 Queen St S #101, Kitchener, ON N2G 4S4