I am open to seeing anyone that is 14+. As a Clinical Social Worker, I work with individuals from all walks of life from professionals to the homeless and everyone in between. Unfortunately, mental health issues and addictions don’t discriminate and can affect anyone.
Initially, someone may come to see me to help manage anxiety, depression, or substance use. Also, it could be that someone is feeling “stuck”. Feeling stuck is a difficult thing for anyone, especially in the past year and a half with the various lockdowns. Additionally, could be people may not be feeling themselves anymore or struggling to re-integrate back into some “normal” times. If someone is looking to lead a more meaningful life and get back in touch with their values. Ultimately, it may be because someone wants to explore different healthier coping strategies.
My practice is very client-centred. The client dictates the goals and pace of work. I can offer suggestions and brainstorm with people, but at the end of the day, it is the client that is in charge of the change process. My approach comes from a harm reduction and non-judgmental standpoint. I have worked with all walks of life in my career so not much surprises me anymore about peoples’ lifestyle choices. I am compassionate and client-focused in the work. Each session is individualized and geared to the client in that moment.
I work from a variety of modalities which helps to keep things fluid and flexible. My background includes harm reduction, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectal Behaviour Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and Stages of Change. In addition to that, I also have a trauma-informed lens and understand the complexities of addiction/mental health and trauma.
Clients appreciate that I am flexible and try to meet them where they are at (literally), for example: doing walking therapy with them. Many of my past clients would describe me as well versed in my areas of work. Often, they see the compassion and caring side of the work. I would say that is the reason they are able to trust me with their deepest and darkest concerns to help progress themselves forward in their change process.
Results in mental health and addictions are personal, but as a counsellor, I am able to see the change. I see how people change in the way they address problems and concerns that arise on a daily basis for themselves. I am able to see the changes in the way they are coping and then appointments don’t need to be as frequent. Someone’s life may be more manageable. They may have a better understanding of their values and feel like they are contributing again to their own happiness and joy. The greatest difference is living a life that is more rich and meaningful.
Ever since I was young I have wanted to be in the healing profession. I love seeing the change that someone can make in their life. Most of all, I enjoy walking that difficult path with them to see those self-discovery moments.