I was born in Aotearoa New Zealand and now live in Toronto, Canada. My cultural background is Pākehā, Dutch, English, Welsh and Scottish. I identify as cis-gender, and use the pronouns she/her. Before training as a psychotherapist, I worked as a union organiser, sex educator, yoga and mindfulness facilitator. I recognised in these fields how relationships are key to health and happiness, and became curious about how to help people come into a deeper relationship with themselves, others and their environment.
In 2019 I graduated from AUT University, in Auckland, New Zealand with a Masters Degree and a Graduate Diploma in Adult Psychotherapy. I have done additional training in trauma-informed yoga, dance therapy, authentic movement and sensorimotor psychotherapy.
Outside of therapy, I enjoy long-distance hiking (‘tramping’ in New Zealand!), camping, swimming, dancing, reading and writing. Activism and social justice are an important part of how I orient myself to the world. I believe in the power of collective action, and have volunteered in the areas of ending sexual violence, Indigenous land rights and treaty claims, anti-racism, voter engagement, queer peer support, sex education and climate action.
I am a member of CRPO (College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario) and CAPT (Canadian Association of Psychodynamic Psychotherapists).
My approach to psychotherapy
PsychodynamicWith emphasis on the relationship between you (client) and I (therapist), we’ll work to understand how you’re feeling, and why you might be feeling that way. Together, we’ll come up with a plan to shift ways of being in the world that are no longer serving you.
Trauma-informedHonouring your existing resources and resilience and pacing the therapy to meet your needs without overwhelming you – we’ll work to better understand your protective mechanisms, and how to soothe them while processing why they came to be.
SomaticMindful breath and movement can be part of the therapy. These techniques can help to regulate your nervous system and help you feel emotions in your body. As a therapist, I stay deeply connected to my own body as a way to perceive what might be happening in yours and in the space between us.