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
- Woodgreen Community Services, Walk-In Counselling Volunteer