What is psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy addresses you as a whole person – body, mind, and spirit. People seek psychotherapy to become equipped with tools to better address these areas of themselves, with the support of someone that cares and has the expertise to assist you.

Put more eloquently, “During psychotherapy, you learn about your condition and your moods, feelings, thoughts and behaviors. Psychotherapy helps you learn how to take control of your life and respond to challenging situations with healthy coping skills¹.”


There are a range of reasons why someone may seek out psychotherapy. Some of these may be, but are certainly not limited to:


We grieve many things in a lifetime:

– The death of a loved one 2 weeks ago or 5 years ago.

– Anticipating the death of a loved on to a terminal illness.

– The death of a pet.

– The loss of a job, identity, role, marriage, or pregnancy.

Therapy can help with normalizing the pace of grief and having some company through the stages of grief.

Life Transitions

Changes in life can be hard to navigate:

– Getting married.

– Having a baby.

– Retiring.

– Having the last of the kids move out.

Therapy can first help with sharing your feelings about the change, and then help you can gain strategies to navigate it in a way that honours and manages those feelings.


It is rare to find a person who does not struggle with anxiety. Having some anxiety can be okay, but it should never control or hold back how we live our lives.

Therapy can help with identifying the symptoms of anxiety, looking at possible causes of your anxiety, and explore ways to live well with anxiety.


There are many causes of burnout, whether it be poor work-life balance, being in a caregiving role, being overly critical of oneself, or going through too many changes at once.

Therapy can help with healing from burnout, maintaining certain practices to prevent burnout, and identifying the warning signs that you may be burning out again.

Chronic Illness Management

As someone with Type One Diabetes, I know too well the realities of managing a chronic illness – overwhelm, anxiety, burnout, and the heavy mental load of planning, self-assessing, and decision-making.

Therapy can help with social support, improving resilience and self-compassion, identifying what’s in one’s control and what is not, and managing one’s relationship with control or lack thereof.

Whatever you may be wrestling with, from seemingly big things to small things, I can walk with you and cater my care in a way that is meaningful for you as an individual. I give you your space to share what you are experiencing and how you are experiencing it. I want to treat you as you.


The modalities I use are eclectic – I don’t tend to just stick with one with a client. You and I will choose what we think may be best for you given how you are feeling that day and what you have brought to the session to focus on.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

We will see how your thoughts, behaviours, and feelings interact.

Relational Therapy

We can explore how your relationships have influenced who you have become as a person and the beliefs that you hold.

Psychodynamic Therapy

I may encourage you to reflect on your childhood and what stands out most to you from your childhood memories.

Existential Therapy/Spiritual Care

We can work through what brings your life meaning and from where you get your sense of hope.


Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy works with those struggling with bipolar disorder to help optimize mood and functioning.

Person-Centered Therapy

I will listen to you share about your experiences and feelings, while offering validation and encouragement.

Who I serve

I serve a wide range of individuals ages 13 and above.

All of our sessions are available in-person to those in the Quinte area, or online if you are in Ontario.

My passion most lies in working with teens and seniors, as well as caring for those experiencing bereavement/grief/loss, health changes, spiritual issues, anxiety, and feelings of being misunderstood.

That said, as long as you don’t require specialty services that I am not equipped to offer, I can serve anyone who is seeking support for a variety of reasons.

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Belleville: 188 Victoria Ave

Napanee: 272 Belleville Rd

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