My Approach

While I bring years of experience to our conversations, I believe you are the expert on your life. I encourage clients to trust what resonates for them as people often hold the key to whatever it is they are up against within. My goal is to be curious and ask quetions that help you gain clarity and identify solutions. That often means reacquainting oneself with values and beliefs or reinforcing a particular skill set.

I strive to be respectful, curious, empathic, and collaborative. I encourage clients to involve their significant supports in the work that we do.

I believe in ongoing professional development and training. As a result, you can expect that I have knowledge of the current literature and research. I also participate regularly in professional consultation and supervision groups.

Therapeutic Models

I’ve had extensive training in the following theoretical frameworks.

Narrative Therapy

This is the primary foundation from which I work. Narrative therapy values the wisdom that people bring and believes that it will guide them towards health and well-being.

When people run into difficulty and seek therapy, it is often because obstacles are preventing them from accessing this knowledge. The narrative approach helps clients connect with the values, beliefs, and skills that enable them to live in a way that is true to who they are or who they are becoming.

Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction

Enhancing awareness of thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations can help people connect more strongly with their values and beliefs and accept those things that they cannot change.

For more information about my approach to minfulness, see this article in Mindful Niagara.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

I've had extensive training and experience in cognitive behavioural therapy. This approach is useful in its psycho-educational focus and the opportunity it provides to develop and enhance skills and abilities.

Family and Couple Therapy

Many of the struggles that people see me for are interpersonally based. Involving a family member or significant other can be an important part of the therapeutic process. Developing insights into early-life attachments and influences—and how they influence relationships—may also contribute to this work.

 If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time – but if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, come, let us work together. 
—Lilla Watson