Areas of practice
- Anxiety and/or Panic
- Grief and Loss - Prenatal
- LGBTQ Issues
- Postpartum Depression
- Women's Issues
- Adlerian Therapy
- Expressive Arts Therapies
- Family Systems
- Internal Family Systems
- Interpersonal Psychotherapy
- Mindfulness approaches
- Narrative Therapy
- Online / Virtual / Telehealth Counselling
Counselling practice website:https://www.westlandtherapy.com/
I help folks who are pregnant or postpartum, who may be struggling with anxiety, depression, OCD, or who are in the aftermath of infant or pregnancy loss. I dive with you into your past hurts, current coping strategies and thought patterns and support you in understanding where these came from and what we can do now to find some peace. I work with clients who experience anxiousness, depression or even just a sense of feeling "stuck" in one's life. I have experience with a range of clients from 5 to 50 years old, so I have supported many different walks of life. Please reach out if you would like to get to know me better before deciding on a therapist to work with.
My aim is to reduce distress and feelings of guilt and shame in the lives of my clients so that they may fully connect with themselves and their families again. My work centers on client empowerment and recognizing the uniqueness of each of our stories.
Life during pregnancy and new parenthood is made to seem like it should be the most joyous time. While many aspects of this transition can hold great happiness, many people feel immense fear, stress and loss during this time as well. Despite how common it is to feel this mix of emotions, we are made to feel guilty for any emotion that isn't positive! I recognize the need to hold space for all emotions during the prenatal and postpartum stages, to reduce shame, isolation and suffering in the lives of my clients. Counselling during these periods of life not only benefits the client, but the child, the partner and the family as a whole entity. If you are pregnant or have given birth and are feeling anxious, detached, depressed or helpless, please reach out.
Postpartum blues will impact approximately 50% - 75% of new mothers. It is perfectly normal to experience fluctuating emotions that don't align with how we've been told to feel. However, postpartum depression and anxiety impedes your ability to function day-to-day and connect with your baby. Our work together can connect you to more social supports, manage symptoms and guide you towards recovery. It is never too late to seek help and end your silent suffering.
Pregnancy and infant loss are areas of grief that often feel impossible to navigate. No one knows what to say so many people feel abandoned or further hurt by what is said to them. It is hard to imagine anything more heartbreaking than this loss, and you are deserving of so much support and space to grieve. I recognize the vastly unique ways in which we all grieve, from our childhoods, to our religious or spiritual beliefs, to our family supports and rituals. Using a trauma-informed, person-centered approach, you can process your loss safely and be guided towards healing. You were never meant to do this alone.
- Maternal Mental Health Certificate Training for Mental Health and Clinical Professionals - 2023
Client fee individuals:$160 per 60 minute session, $240 per 90 minute session