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I am a Registered Psychotherapist in the province of Ontario with over 20 years of experience, providing individual psychotherapy to adults in both English and Polish. I practice from a psychoanalytic approach, using a relational/interpersonal, process-level focus. I also incorporate elements from psycholinguistic, narrative, experiential, existential, solution-focused, and cognitive-behavioural theory into my work with clients.
Psychotherapy is a relational process - a process within the therapeutic relationship, which provides a safe, stable, and supportive space, within which clients can experience themselves as they are, and where the therapist and client work together to uncover, explore, and resolve the difficulties with which they come. In doing so, we also work to uncover, explore, and draw on the inner resources each individual has within them, often unrecognized, to create positive change and wholeness.
This may involve making connections between the present difficulties and other aspects of clients’ life experiences which have contributed, and in time led to, where they are and who they are today. Like a beautiful but complex puzzle, wholeness and healing are created by recognizing, becoming aware of, changing where necessary, and integrating all of those aspects– including those we may have lost, buried, thrown away, ignored, or denied, out of fear or out of shame, or out of sheer necessity. My role as a psychotherapist is to facilitate this process of change.
I hold a PhD from the School of Counselling, Psychotherapy and Spirituality at Saint Paul University in Ottawa (2019), where I also completed my MA degree (2002), and a BA in Psychology from the University of Calgary (1999). Before joining Glebe Psychotherapy in 2018, I worked as a psychotherapist/counsellor at different community organizations in both Ontario and Alberta, with a wide range of populations, as well as in private practice. I am also a clinical supervisor and am involved in teaching and training of university students preparing for practice.