What Makes a Great Therapist?

There are many therapists in Burlington, Oakville, Peel and Hamilton so choosing the right one can seem daunting. Everyone has different likes and dislikes, but here are three basic criteria that can help you make the right choice:

  1. You can see yourself having a good relationship with them. The healing of counselling takes place in the context of a relationship, so having a solid relationship with your therapist is the foundation of everything else. Regardless of individual style or characteristics, a good therapist should be empathetic, authentic, and capable of seeing the best in you.
  2. They are skilled and confident. A therapist is like a good friend, one that can look at your situation objectively and provide you with advice. A good therapist should therefore not only be empathetic and kind, but also highly skilled (unlike your friends) at helping you to see the solutions that will work for you.  They should also  collaboratively work with you to set goals, and support you in making steps forward in your plan for your life.
  3. They’ve done their own therapy. What separates excellent therapists from their peers is that the excellent ones have done their own inner work. People who have worked through their own issues, and have lived experiences, tend to live by their own values, ‘walk the talk’, and relate to others with profound understanding and compassion. Going to a therapist who hasn’t done their own work may not be the best use of your resources – kind of like going to a personal trainer who doesn’t exercise.

Depression, Grief, Loss and Anxiety

Are some of the most common and uncomfortable emotions that we can experience at any point in our lives. Through ‘talk’ therapy and Heart Coherence Breathing (a form of meditation) I can help you recover motivation, perspective, and joy that you once had in your life.

I also am trained in the use of specific yoga movements to help the body heal from stress, trauma and grief.  A certified Yoga Movement Guide, I can show you through slow purposeful movements linked with breath to become more aware, express more fully and move through your pain to a place of healing and hope.

Treatment Approach

I use a variety of approaches to address my client’s unique needs. Many successful treatment plans will utilize a foundation of  cognitive-behavioral, integrative, solution-focused brief therapy.  Therapy then can quickly move toward a tailored treatment plan and approach that includes tools like meditation  or biofeedback using the HeartMath method to help sustain the growth experienced in regular therapy.

Additionally, there is a growing body of research that supports the practice of self-compassion and mindfulness in psychotherapy. Neuroscience research reveals individuals that practice these techniques are happier, more resilient, and better equipped to heal painful memories from the past. It is my honor and mission to help my clients move past what’s blocking them from reaching their full potential individually and in their relationships.