I am a Registered Psychotherapist and most of my work focuses on helping individuals who are experiencing anxiety, depression, and trauma.
I completed my undergraduate studies in a Mental Health Specialist program and my Master's Degree in a Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy program at the University of Toronto. As part of my studies, I completed specialized training at a mental health hospital in Toronto, working primarily in trauma and addictions, and later on in a community-based mental health agency.
In my psychotherapy work, I use an individualized approach with all my clients. By nature, I am a flexible and fluid person, and I bring this into therapy as well. This means that I individualize my treatment plans for each client, based on their goals, levels of distress, and primary ways of learning. I have training, certification and/or ongoing mentoring in the following types of psychotherapy: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy, and Internal Family Systems Therapy ("parts work").
Other than my specialties, I also work with individuals who have concerns in their relationships (family, friendship, or romantic), as well as concerns in areas relating to the "self". This includes self-confidence, self-esteem, self-care and self-compassion. Lastly, I work with individuals who are having difficulties with their overall identity, including individuals in the LGBTQ2S+ community (transitioning/coming out, acceptance, adjusting).
For those who identify as spiritual (i.e., meditation, energy/chakra, crystal, connecting with wisdom), I am happy to include these conversations with my clients throughout their psychotherapy work to aid in their healing.
Fernie, British Columbia with view of Canadian Rockies
On The Atlantic Coast In Ireland
The peak of Mount Saint Piran, Alberta, Canada
Hiking in Zeleno Pleso, High Tatras in Slovakia
My dog, Mika, a Japanese Akita Inu
Paragliding in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
Hiking In British Columbia
A cup of tea, an afternoon hike, and reading a book on wisdom, all while next to my dog, is my way of enjoying my own, personal time. I am a plant-lover, a postcard collector, a back-country camper, and a psychotherapist.
I am fascinated with different languages and cultures, which comes from my upbringing of living in different countries as a child and young adult. Naturally, this has made me passionate about travelling. I also speak Slovak and Spanish. Other than Canada, my second homes are Slovakia and Cuba.
For my hobbies, I enjoy taking walks and hikes with my dog (Mika), salsa dancing, gardening or going to plant stores, creating herbal tea blends, going to off-the-grid cabins, and reading books on life. I also practice meditation, yoga and energy work.