child, youth & family
pour enfants, ados & familles
You make each day a special day. You know, by just your being you.
I am a bilingual Registered Social Worker experienced in working with children, adolescents, families and adults. Whether it is a problem with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, parenting challenges, traumatic life events, issues with family transitions, adjustment to school or peer relationships, you don't have to do it alone. I can help you sail through the storm.
My goal is to explore with you the continuum between change and acceptance, by balancing the need for some targeted strategies with meaningful reflective work. I offer a safe place to develop different perspectives so children and youth can make sense of big emotions, and where parents can feel empowered.
I use an integrated practice approach (Internal Family Systems (level 2 trained), Narrative, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, Play/Art-based, Theraplay, Emotion-Focused Family Therapy, Mindfulness) that is grounded in an attachment-based framework. With compassion and warmth, I walk alongside children, teens and parents so they can find a way back to their self-aware and authentic self.
Sometimes it is the smallest thing that takes up the most room in a child’s heart. Other times, major stress or a traumatic event may disturb their sense of safety. I offer a caring environment for kids 6 and over where they can express their thoughts and feelings, gain self-confidence, cope with life’s challenges and develop emotional regulation. I favour art and play-based interventions as natural ways for school-aged children to communicate and process their inner world.
Adolescence is a time of emotional intensity, social connection and creativity. At the same time, it also often comes with loads of doubts, trials and confusion. You don’t need to have it all figured out to move forward, I can help to take the next step. Unpleasant emotions can be painful, especially when it feels like they happen too often and too strongly. While they are normal and impossible to avoid, we can learn to handle them rather than avoiding or being ruled by them.
There is no such thing as a perfect family, just real ones. We all took different paths to get to where we are today. Every family has to deal with some challenges at one time or another and wants to regain a sense of connection and wholeness. Family therapy can help with finding new patterns of communication and healthy relationships.
Being a parent is hard work. There are no parenting ‘rules’ and maybe that’s why it feels so overwhelming at times. This is a judgement-free zone. My invitation is to press pause with you and provide a space where we can explore the obstacles that are getting in the way of the relationship you want to have with your child, and to be the emotional coach that will help you get there.