My areas of specialization
anxiety disorders including generalized anxiety, social anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic, and posttraumatic stress disorder (e.g., the psychological response accident, assault, or abuse) mood disorders such as major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder complex trauma, racial trauma suicidal and self-harm behaviours personality disorders such as borderline personality disorder interpersonal conflicts and family conflict grief and loss stress and coping cultural adjustment and migration-related challenges discrimination and micro-aggression Psychotherapy I provide individual and group psychotherapy for a wide range of emotional and behavioural difficulties. Depending on your needs and treatment goals, sessions are usually scheduled anywhere between once a week to once a month. I will collaborate with other healthcare providers in your circle of care (with your consent) to clarify diagnostic issues if needed and for psychopharmacological treatments. This is a helpful process in providing the most effective and comprehensive care.
Assessment Diagnostic assessment is an important springboard for therapy. Prior to our session, I may ask you to complete forms, which will provide me with valuable information regarding your presenting concerns. In our first session, we will discuss the concerns in more detail and at the conclusion of the evaluation process, I will convey pertinent diagnostic concerns and treatment plan recommendations. Together we will develop a plan and talk about your goals.
Skills Training An important aspect of therapy involves learning new skills (e.g., mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, assertiveness training, stress management, interpersonal effectiveness skills, social skills) to resolve and effectively navigate life challenges. I offer individual DBT skills training and coaching to individuals who are unable to attend traditional DBT skills group.
Third-Party Services I am a registered community mental health provider for WSIB and work with individuals who have suffered work-related psychotraumatic injuries. Along with treatment for the presenting concern, I advocate for my client, determine the appropriateness of work when needed and assist them with returning to work. I help individuals who are on short-term or long-term disability to recover and return to work. I also work with first responders and military personnel.
Consultation I provide clinical (diagnostic and treatment consultation) to other clinicians and allied health professionals registered social workers, nurse practitioners, occupational therapists and psychotherapists who are engaged in providing evidence-based treatment to adults. I am happy to meet with you to discuss your individual need and if it is an integral part of your training and/or registration. In addition to a wide range of mental health issues, I provide consultation/supervision on diagnoses and treatment of emotional and behavioural disorders. I use audiotapes of sessions, help you reflect on the processes, assist with case formulation and treatment recommendations, explore the theories and work on countertransference and transference.
Currently, I am a clinical psychology consultant and trainer for the government-funded Ontario Structured Psychotherapy (OSP) program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). I also supervise clinical psychology graduate students who are doing their practicum placements or residency.
Rates and Fees You do not need a referral from a physician if you wish to book a session. I offer a 15-minute free phone consult to determine if my services would be a good fit for you. My fees are based on recommendations set by the professional association. I accept cash, cheque, credit cards, and e-transfer. Payment is due at the time of the session. I do not offer direct billing at this time. I will provide you with an invoice that you may submit for reimbursement from your insurance company. I require 48-hour notice for appointment cancellation or reschedule.