Having grown up as the daughter of a minister, I was steeped in the philosophy of helping others through service. From childhood onward, I have felt a strong desire to work with others, and when I found Shalom Mountain Retreat Centre, and subsequently, Core Energetics and a Master’s program in Counselling Psychology, I knew I’d found my passion and calling. The healing work that I have done and will continue to do at the Mountain has transformed my life. The Principles and Skills of Loving upon which the Retreat Centre is built have a deep resonance within me. I strive to live the principles in my daily life, as well as in my work life. Having experienced perinatal loss, myself, I have an intimate understanding of grief and the various ways it can manifest and continue to show up over the years. I believe that these losses, as well as other traumas have informed the work I do with clients in a deep and meaningful way. I find myself excited to continue this lifelong journey of transformation and growth, walking alongside my clients towards flourishment and healing.
How I Help My Clients
Many of us have times in our lives where we decide something’s not working. Perhaps you have come to the realization that there’s more to life – more than being stuck, more than being in stress, chaos, or pain. Perhaps you want to take your personal growth and development to a new level.
I want to partner with you to examine your ways of being in the world — to learn how defensive patterns developed in your past once protected you but now block your living more fully in the world, and how these patterns affect your current experience. In our sessions, we move towards removing stuck places in your mind AND body to free your life energy or aliveness.
What Is Different About My Approach
Emotional effects of experiences literally get lodged in the body because we tense our muscles and restrict or stop our breathing under stress. In extreme cases, this is part of the fight/flight/freeze response. In less extreme cases, this is to dampen or restrict the feelings associated with a stressful situation. Either way, this causes the body to store thoughts, emotions, and/or experiences. Traditional talk therapy helps us to understand why we feel or experience as we do. But until we breathe and feel fully, and until we move the stressors ‘through’ the body, the recovery is incomplete. This work is an integrative approach to healing and wellness that works with body and mind, as well as emotions, will, and spirit.
As a Registered Psychotherapist and Certified Core Energetics Practitioner, I want to partner with you to examine where you want to go, and various ways of getting there. To work towards finding a balance that brings more ease and flow in your day-to-day living.
Psychotherapy is predominantly talk-based therapy intended to help people improve and maintain their mental health and well-being. As a Registered Psychotherapist, I am a health care provider who works with individuals and couples. Psychotherapy occurs when we enter into a psychotherapeutic relationship where we work together to bring about positive change in your thinking, feeling, behaviour and social functioning. You may be seeking psychotherapy because you may have thoughts, feelings, moods, and behaviours that are adversely affecting your day-to-day life, relationships, and your ability to enjoy life.
About Core Energetics
Core Energetics is a somatic therapeutic modality that integrates all aspects of your being; mind, body, emotions, spirit, and will. It is a supportive process that empowers you to explore your past and present issues more deeply than in traditional talk therapy. Your Practitioner partners with you to generate a greater awareness of YOU and a deeper mastery of your feelings. You create a release of defensive patterns that no longer serve you. Through this unified and holistic process, you take steps on a journey to connect ever more deeply with your Core. Your truest nature is energetic, creative, loving, and open to life.
Core Energetics is a dynamic system for personal growth, healing, and transformation. Together, we work to unblock your innate life force through movement, breath, voice, and yes talking and analysis. You gain greater understanding of what makes you tick.
This understanding opens more CHOICES about what you create in your life. When your energy is blocked, your body and personality suffer. When your energy is flowing, long standing patterns shift. You have more clarity, purpose, and pleasure.
Our bodies tell our autobiography without words. Every memory, every experience we have lodges itself in the body at the cellular level. We tend to hang on to our histories and create patterns that form and shape our bodies. Then we repeat those patterns in relationship with significant others. In Core Energetics we have the opportunity to shift those old stories, to let go of what no longer serves us, and to live from a place of choice.