At MRC Counselling, there is an emphasis placed on the unique needs and preferences of each client. As such, a variety of therapeutic approaches are used including Psychodynamic Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy. Regardless of the approach used, each client is considered to be the expert of their own lives and capable of making lasting, positive life-changes. Based on this assumption, clients at MRC Counselling are supported while they discover what areas of their life are in need of change and healing, so that they can experience growth, peace and contentment.
I hold a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology degree from Yorkville University and am a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying). I am skilled in a number of therapeutic modalities and am trained in the application of EMDR Therapy. While working with others, I maintain a client-centred approach. As a former law enforcement officer, I am skilled and passionate about working with First Responders as they face the various stresses that these occupations can present, including addictions, infidelity, marital difficulties and other mental health illnesses such as Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). As both a wife and mother of three children, I also work with adults as they encounter family conflicts, parenting challenges, divorce and postpartum transitions. Based on my personal, professional, and educational experience, I have a solid understanding of trauma and its impact on their families and individuals close to them.
I hold a Master’s of Counselling Psychology - Art Therapy degree from Adler University in Vancouver, BC and am a Registered (Qualifying) member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. I am also a Professional Art Therapist registered with the Canadian Art Therapy Association. In my work with clients, I utilize warmth, collaboration, curiosity, and authenticity. I believe very strongly in the healing capabilities of connection, and that we do not heal in isolation. I strive to build relationships with my clients based on care, commitment, knowledge, responsibility, trust, and respect. I act not as an expert with all the answers, but as a safe, empathetic guide to remind you of your inherent worth and intuition, and to provide tools and resources to support and empower you. Working predominantly from an anti-oppressive and client-centered framework, I also utilize aspects of different modalities including focusing-oriented art therapy, attachment theory, and trauma-informed teachings. I support those working with stress and anxiety, depression, trauma and PTSD, as well as relationship challenges and self-compassion.
I am a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) who works from an Anti-Oppressive and Multicultural framework with clients. I believe in a holistic approach to wellness and am committed to creating and maintaining a welcoming and non-judgemental environment that promotes growth through a collaborative therapeutic relationship. My goal is to always help clients find and reclaim their power in their lives as I work from an Attachment and Trauma-informed lens while utilizing interventions from various therapeutic modalities including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy and Existential Therapy. I am passionate about working with adolescents, couples and individuals who are experiencing grief, anxiety, trauma, difficult life transitions and relationship concerns. I hold a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology degree from McGill University as well as an Honours Bachelor of Arts Psychology degree from the University of Waterloo where I also minored in Gerontology. I am fluent in English and Polish.
I began my journey as a counsellor working as a Child and Youth Counsellor 10 years ago and in doing so, discovered my passion for walking alongside people through their successes and life challenges. This discovery led me to pursue a B.A in psychology from Carleton University and a master’s degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Ottawa. I am an integrative practitioner that is rooted in attachment theory. While working from an attachment and holistic lens, I do integrate other evidence-based approaches into my work with children, youth, adults, couples and families depending on the specific needs of each individual client including Narrative therapy, Art Therapy, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, Internal Family Systems, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Brainspotting, Family Systems Trauma Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. I specialize in Trauma, attachment disruptions, adoption support and children in care, anxiety, mood disorders, and family support.