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Sometimes words simply can't express the depth of what we are experiencing. In my work as a clinical counsellor I’ve witnessed how often we feel something deeply significant but can't put words to the experience and the resulting weight of silence can feel isolating. After twenty years of working with people through creativity-based processes as an educator, performer, composer, workshop facilitator and now more recently as a therapist some patterns have emerged with enough consistency and coherence that I have decided to give my approach a name. I call it Archetypal Music Psychotherapy (AMP) and it involves accessing, amplifying and integrating unconscious material through musical processes for the sake of well-being, individuation and self-discovery.
As a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC), a Jungian Analyst (Training Candidate) and a Music-Centred Psychotherapist (MTA) I offer a safe and supportive, individual, integrative approach to help you explore the underlying meaning of your concerns including anxiety, depression, life transitions, trauma, loss of meaning in life, issues around spirituality and addictions. Our work together relies on the notion that the creative process is a living thing implanted in the human psyche and that all creative expression represents a life-affirming process of self-regulation and a return to wholeness. Through a soulful depth approach we'll work together to offer you the opportunity to safely move through a stuck place toward a greater sense of wholeness and meaning.
Some of the tools available on this journey include dream work, expressive arts, working with symbols, Jungian based depth work and contemporary approaches from the wider field of psychology including CBT and mindfulness-based approaches.
Together we'll explore ways to give voice to your own creative capacity and to express what is 'unspeakable' in a way that is safe and focused toward your own particular aims. There are many expressive arts-based ways to express what we can't say through words and this is why I also enjoy leading individual and group music therapy sessions in a broad context with people across the lifespan, including adult mental health, older adults in complex care, at-risk youth and children with developmental delays including Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and autism spectrum conditions.
In recent years I have had the good fortune to present my clinical work internationally in places as far reaching as Brazil, New York, California, Europe and across Canada and one thing it has taught me is that this work can be effective across cultures and across inner and outer barriers of many sorts. This voyage of self-discovery can lead to the development of empathy, an increased ability to integrate difficult emotions, enriched relational abilities, expanded awareness, increased self-confidence, a deeper sense of meaning, and a renewed connection to one's own life-giving creativity.
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