B.S., M.A., RP
In terms of my education, I completed my Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Psychology in 2011. I thereafter completed my Master of Arts degree with a major in Counselling Psychology in 2014. Both of these degrees were completed at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. In April 2020, I completed the Sexual Health Certificate Program (Sex Therapy and Sexuality Education Track) from the University of Michigan. I am currently in the process of completing my application for full certification as an AASECT Sex Therapist.
My career as a psychotherapist began in 2014. I spent roughly 2 years working at a private practice helping client’s involved in motor vehicle accidents. I thereafter worked at a different private practice where I had gained enough supervision hours to work more independently focusing on client’s with a much larger range of mental health concerns and life challenges. In 2020, once I completed my sex therapy and sexuality education training, I opened my own online private practice specializing in Sex Therapy.
I am a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). I specialize as a Sex Therapist. I am governed by and comply with the standards of practice as outlined by the CRPO as well as the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA). I hold a membership with the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT). I have 4 more supervision hours (out of 50) to complete in order to meet all the requirements necessary to become fully certified. I have been a practicing clinician in good standing since 2014.
I approach sex therapy from a biopsychosocial lens, which means that I address the physiological, psychological and interpersonal factors that contribute to pleasure, intimacy, relationships and sexual satisfaction. I am here to help my clients identify and understand exactly what and how these factors are contributing to their sexual difficulties as well as how to overcome or manage them in a way that is satisfactory and empowering to them.
I mainly describe myself as an insight-oriented therapist. I approach therapy with the intent to help clients explore their thoughts, behaviours, attitudes, values and emotions so that they may gain better awareness into who they are as well as how and why they navigate the world in the ways that they do. Cognitive behavioural therapy is at the crux of a lot of my work. Cognitive behavioural therapy in my practice involves challenging clients' current misguided beliefs and unhelpful thoughts related to sexual health so as to provide valid sex education and change any unhelpful cognitive distortions and behaviours they may have about sexuality. I also aim to promote the development of coping strategies and sexual/intimate/relational thoughts and behaviours that target solving current problems and improve their sexual, relational and intimacy satisfaction. I also help clients reflect on their life experiences, both past and present, and apply them to the issues they bring to therapy. When necessary, I also integrate attachment theory. Attachment theory from in my work involves understanding how different emotional bonds throughout clients' development shape their intimate and sexual relationships in adulthood.
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