Located in Toronto, Mosaic Counselling specializes in individual and group counselling, betrayal trauma recovery, workshops and presentations
My passion comes from the privilege of having worked with people across the lifespan. I have witnessed individuals heal and make lasting healthy changes in their lives – from birthing people and their babies to school aged children and adults. If you choose to work with me, you will find I bring warmth and depth to your exploration of whatever barriers you may be facing in your life.
I have a decade of experience working in the field of mental health in Toronto. My workplaces have included various children’s mental health organizations (Strides Toronto, Child Development Institute, Boost Child and Youth Advocacy Centre), family violence shelters, and community service organizations (WoodGreen Community Services).
I provide an integrative approach that is guided by evidence-based practice. This practice incorporates components of narrative therapy, CBT, and mindfulness based self-compassion. My work is informed by extensive working knowledge of attachment theory and interpersonal neurobiology. I will always work from an anti-oppressive and strengths based perspective with a firm belief that you already have much of what you need to heal and lead a meaningful life.
My passion for mental health began while I was completing my PhD in Politics (political theory, to be exact). I became acutely aware of the important link between social environment and psychological well-being. Similarly, I also grew to appreciate how relationships and experiences with others can dramatically impact and shape one’s identity or sense of self.
In the process, I also learned that I was not only interested in ideas but passionate about working directly with individuals in the context of mental health. This journey led me, once again (and for the last time!), back to school to complete a Master of Social Work, with a focus on counselling.
The foundation of my counselling practice is a commitment to principles of non-judgement, collaboration, and human dignity. I utilize therapeutic traditions—such as Internal Family Systems (IFS), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Narrative Therapy—that emphasize the adaptive nature of coping strategies and behaviours. I believe that the most profound transformations will occur through a spirit of understanding, curiosity, and compassion, rather than judgement, blame, and stigmatization. My practice is trauma-informed, and rooted within broader social justice frameworks.
The human experience is often messy and complicated—filled with joy, pain, love, and loss. Feeling confused and overwhelmed is both a common and understandable response. Fortunately, we do not have to go on this journey alone.
- York University, Master of Social Work
- York University, PhD in Political Science
Low Cost Student Counselling
I am currently training as a Master of Social Work Student with Mosaic Counselling. I have worked in the social work field for over 15 years with community grass roots organizations. My work is person centred, and I strive to approach client care from a trauma informed, anti-oppressive and anti-racist lens. I provide an affirming and exploratory space for growth and curiosity.
On a personal note, I am a Jewish, Latin American, queer, cis woman and I come to this work with a diverse and dynamic personal and professional background. I have had a meandering academic and professional path and understand the many nuances that may contribute to when and why someone seeks out therapy. I have lived experience with queer/sexuality and gender issues, fertility/infertility and navigating the fertility world as a queer person, ADHD and learning disabilities in academia.
I hope our conversations can leave you with new insights and perspectives. Above all, I hope you leave our conversations feeling heard and understood. I look forward to meeting you!
My counselling career began by implementing addiction recovery programs for youth with Alberta Health Services. I was then given the opportunity to practice at a sex addiction and trauma recovery outpatient clinic for many years. It was there that my passion to understand and treat betrayal trauma took root.
That experience prompted me to complete a Master of Social Work degree and upon completion of that degree I was awarded a gold medal in research in the area of partners of sexually addicted individuals .
Over the years, I have practiced in various mental health settings including; ongoing private practice, outpatient treatment centers, community agencies, walk-in counselling services and post secondary educational communities.
It is with passion and commitment that I welcome the opportunity to continue to assist people with their recovery work with mental health issues and trauma.
The Guest House
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.
Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
— Jellaludin Rumi,
If you’re interested in engaging in therapy please contact the office by email to set up a free 20-minute phone consultation. Our trained therapists operate from empirically supported therapeutic frameworks. Our therapists see clients in person* in Toronto as well as online.
* During COVID-19 public health crisis, all services are provided solely online.