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While it is not uncommon to experience distressing emotions, maladaptive thoughts, and difficult life events, we don’t always have the tools or strategies to manage. The inability to cope can make us feel alone, isolated, and overwhelmed. As a social worker, I work collaboratively with clients to build a trusting therapeutic relationship so that individuals feel supported throughout the course of therapy.
Chronic illness can often cause symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) which can further complicate how we feel physically and mentally, this can create feelings of hopelessness, depression, anxiety and can complicate the relationships we have with ourselves and our loved ones. Therapy can support individuals as they move through all stages of chronic illness, so they feel less alone and supported throughout the entire process.
As a registered social worker, I’ve obtained both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in social work. My clinical experience comes from working in a variety of settings including hospitals, residential treatment centres, community settings and in private practice. My areas of focus include complex trauma and PTSD. In addition, I also work with individuals who have a history of eating disorders/disordered eating, body image concerns, addiction and complex mental health issues. I incorporate evidence-based treatment models within my practice along with mindfulness-based strategies.
While therapy can be an uncomfortable process at times, I frequently remind individuals that change and growth happens when we are uncomfortable – this is a natural part of the process that won’t last forever.