We're Here to Listen
It is my vision to inspire others to recognize the power of their natural capacity for healing mind, body, and spirit and to provide tools and resources to complement a comprehensive healing plan of action.
For many years I have witnessed individuals both close to me personally and within my counseling practice suffer emotional health issues and serious chronic health situations that have significantly limited their capacity to engage in the quality of life they desire and so very much deserve. I am passionate about offering support to individuals pursuing a path of self-directed wellness to find solutions and achieve enhanced well-being from a self-empowered and holistic approach.
I recognize how thoughts impact health and the function of the brain and body. Through the integration of tools that access thoughts, feelings, neuropathways, and blocked energy, I offer support to individuals as they move toward gaining insight into, working through, and shifting the contributing factors affecting physical, emotional, and/or mental health challenges that are keeping them in a pattern limiting their opportunity for optimal wellness.
Would you like to gain insight into and work through what is keeping you from achieving the quality of life and relationships you desire?
Counselling involves the skilled and principled use of a therapeutic relationship to facilitate self-knowledge, emotional acceptance and growth, and the optimal development of personal resources. The overall aim of the counselling process is to provide an opportunity to work towards living more satisfyingly and resourcefully. The counsellor respects the client’s values, personal resources, and capacity for self-determination.
Are you seeking greater happiness, life satisfaction, motivation, and overall well-being? Are you wanting to enhance your resilience needed to cope with stressful life events?
Self-compassion provides us with an attitude and practice in which we become mindful of the struggles or suffering we experience and are able to respond to ourselves with kindness, support, and compassion. This practice leads to decreased angst and enhanced resiliency, coping, and engagement in our relationship with self and others. Self-compassion provides us with the capacity to cope with the challenges of life.
Would you like to gain insight into and create a shift in the impact of self-limiting beliefs and distressing events on your health and well-being?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a non-traditional type of psychotherapy which uses rhythmic/rapid eye movements to process and shift emotional charge held by an individual which is related to past events and contributing to current patterns of distressing thoughts, feelings, and actions. The goal of EMDR sessions is to neutralize the emotional charge and shift negative thoughts and beliefs, moving an individual toward new insights and well-being associated with the personal presenting issues and challenges the individual would like to change.
Classical & Advanced Hypnosis
Would you like to change some negative programs you have running that have kept you limited in some way?
A Hypnotherapist guides an individual through a process that allows them to use their natural ability to change the way they think, feel, or behave. Hypnotherapy allows for an individual to review significant events and emotional root causes contributing to the distressing belief, feeling, or behaviour they would like to change and encourages a shift toward an enhanced sense of well-being.
Would you like to have enhanced mood, clarity, athletic or artistic performance through strengthened brain/body communication, productivity, mental acuity, or overall wellness and mental fitness?
The brain’s capacity for optimal functioning can be interrupted by physical, emotional, and/or mental health stressors that might disrupt or compromise the nervous system, as characterized by: problems with memory; difficulty sleeping; headaches; irritability; difficulty focusing or paying attention; and/or feeling anxious, sad, low, overwhelmed, or stressed. While Neurofeedback is not a medical treatment for illnesses, it can offer an individual an experience of relief from physical, mental, and emotional symptoms within a non-intrusive and pleasant modality that offers the brain an opportunity to self-correct and operate with enhanced capacity toward the brain’s natural potential. Neurofeedback reads the electrical activity of the brain and is mathematically designed to communicate with the central nervous system to reorganize itself from recurring patterns that are keeping an individual stuck.
NeurOptimalⓇNeurofeedback is a sophisticated Brain Training tool developed by Clinical Psychologists Dr. Valdeane Brown and Dr. Susan Brown that was designed to help you optimize your life. It has evolved over the past 30 years from two individuals offering Training Sessions in their private office to 4+ million sessions logged and thousands of people using it on a regular basis.
The NeurOptimalⓇ system measures the differences in the electrical signal emitted from the scalp. This electrical signal is mathematically measured 256 times per second by voltage changes and is read through the NeurOptimalⓇ software program which initiates an interruption in the audio-video stream as is detects when a change is about to happen. This minute interruption is enough for the individual to notice. Combining the exclusive Dynamical NeurofeedbackⓇ brain electrical signal measuring with captivating audiovisuals, Training with NeurOptimalⓇ allows an individual to observe their brain activity and optimize their mindset. It is a unique tool for catalysing personal transformation.
NeurOptimalⓇ is a great tool to have as part of a wellness program as it is designed to promote a flexible and resilient mindset. No matter where your lifestyle takes you - from athletes to executives, students to performers or artists - no matter who you are or what you do, no matter your age, an optimal mindset helps you to be your best.
Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP)
Do you experience difficulties with social and emotional engagement or challenges associated with anxiety, trauma, or inattention? Would you like to experience improved communication and engagement in successful therapy outcomes?
Based on Dr. Porges’ Polyvagal Theory, the Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) is an auditory intervention utilizing music that has been processed to retune the nervous system, calming the physiological and emotional state. Dr. Porges’ research intersects psychology, neuroscience, and evolutionary biology demonstrating how the autonomic nervous system controls reactions and behaviours of individuals who have been affected by a variety of traumatic experiences. The SSP technology uses the auditory system as a pathway to the vagal complex to support neuroregulation of the physiological state.
Dr. Stephen Porges created the Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) music-based intervention to improve spontaneous social engagement, to reduce hearing sensitivities, and to improve state regulation. Simply put, the SSP helps people to attain a grounded state where they feel safe, calm, and social. By helping to access a calm and grounded state, the SSP promotes a neural platform for health, growth, and restoration. The Safe and Sound Protocol exercises the neural pathways associated with regulating behavioural state and social engagement.
Access Bars® Sessions
Have you wondered how to be more aware and present in all areas of your life?
Access Consciousness provides a tool to facilitate more consciousness, awareness, and presence in all areas of your life. Working with 32 points on the head correlated with various areas and aspects of life, Access BarsⓇ releases limiting thoughts and stresses within the energy of the mind and body.
I am committed to walking my talk, and as I embrace my ongoing lifestyle of holistic living integrating the very things I offer within my practice, it would be a pleasure and privilege to support you as you explore pathways on your journey toward enhanced self-wellness.
I work from a holistic client-centred approach supporting individuals on their journey to a place where healing is possible. I hold a Master’s of Social Work Degree complemented by additional specialized training and have over 30 years experience working in community organizations, mental health programs, and clinical counselling services. I work from a client-centred lens supporting individuals in finding meaning, alternative outcomes, and solutions to the challenges they face in relation to their personal story and experiences.
Dr. Stephen Porges proposed the Polyvagal Theory in 1994 linking the evolution of the mammalian autonomic nervous system to social behaviour, emphasizing the significance of physiological state in the expression of behavioural problems and psychiatric disorders. Polyvagal Theory has led to innovative treatments mediating symptoms observed in many behavioural, psychiatric, and physical disorders.
According to Polyvagal Theory, the vagus nerve is central to the evolutionary hierarchy of autonomic nervous responses. In evolutionary terms, the Social Engagement System (SES) is the highest level and newest strategy for self-regulation. The SES is triggered by signals of safety and stops defensive strategies from engaging, allowing us to rest and digest (actions of the parasympathetic system). However, if we sense danger, the SES engages a primitive response of fight or flight (our sympathetic system). If we sense life threatening danger, our response could turn to immobilization or shutdown. According to Dr. Porges, these responses are emerging unconsciously through what he has termed neuroception - the body’s ability to perceive threat outside of our awareness.
More than any nerve, the vagus nerve carries information between the brain and body. It starts in the core of the brain and stretches into the gut. It affects eye movement, facial expressions, tone of voice, heart rate, heart rate variability, breathing, spleen function, liver function, kidney function, intestinal function, reduction in inflammation, and improved immune response.
I believe that if we are to truly heal our minds and bodies, it is important to take Polyvagal Theory into consideration within our wellness plan. Further to my understanding of how the body is responding to external environmental stimuli and internal health influences, it makes sense to me that if we are to achieve homeostasis, or a healthy balance of mind and body, then we must look to regulating our internal state of being on a variety of levels. To regulate our overall state, I encourage enhancing our attention to the following: Eating clean, or avoiding refined and processed foods; grounding, or what is known as Earthing; breathing and mindfulness practices; surrounding ourselves with positive people and environments; and finding strategies, tools, or resources that support the regulation of our physiology.
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