Frequently Asked Questions

Psychotherapy

Life Coaching and Psychotherapy are two transformative approaches aimed at enhancing the quality of your life. However, it’s important to note that the two approaches differ in methodology and focus. My life coaching program provides a supportive and encouraging space for clients who are interested in achieving specific outcomes in their professional and personal lives. Together we assess and clarify goals to ensure that they are in sync with your life’s values, vision, and purpose. We then collaborate and customize an action plan that not only helps you develop new strategies and skills but builds upon your current strengths so you can maximize your full potential. The life coaching program is very much focused on your current and future self.

Conversely, a significant focus in psychotherapy pertains to building an awareness and understanding of your past in an effort of addressing current difficulties (mental health and psychological struggles, emotional distress, dysfunctional relationships etc.) getting in the way of what you want for your future. My overarching goal is to create a safe and nonjudgmental space for you to explore and come to know yourself better. Together we may spend time processing and healing from past hurts and traumas while establishing coping strategies to effectively manage overwhelming emotions and distressing thoughts. My therapeutic approach is primarily grounded in both narrative and solution-focused therapies. This means that while I give you space to share your personal stories and the meanings you’ve attached to those stories I gear our conversations toward helping you identify and develop possible solutions to address your presenting problems.

I am a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapist of Ontario (CRPO).I’ve earned a Doctorate of Education in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University, A Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University, and an Honours Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from York University. Additionally, I have received extensive training in Solution-Focused Therapy from the University of Toronto. Over the last decade I have worked within the public and private sectors offering clinical and counselling supports to community and government based programs. Over the last few years I transitioned into private practice where I primarily provide psychotherapy and life coaching to professionals and business owners.

I help people manage and resolve a range of problems. Clients may need help working on achieving a particular goal and/or need support to deal with personal, relational, and/or work issues.

My private practice specializes in providing support to professionals and business owners. I’ve worked with Academics, Accountants, Physicians, Psychologists, Nurses, Therapists, Social Workers, Lawyers, Managers, Executives, Directors, and Communication Specialists.  My Life Coaching Services are offered to clients’ world-wide (i.e. Canada, United States, across Europe, across Africa, Australia, India, Caribbean islands). As Psychotherapy is a regulated profession this service is offered to clients throughout Canada and several other countries with the exception of the United States.

Please reference my availability calendar by clicking to see my next available opening. Clients are often able to see me within 48 hours of booking a session.

For your convenience I provide services exclusively online. This means we can meet from the comforts of your couch, your office, your hotel room-basically, from wherever you have access to the internet. After several years of providing services in a face-to-face setting I decided it was time to ease the stress of my clients by minimizing the inconvenience of traveling to my office. Things like snow, rain, traffic, arranging childcare, finding parking, etc. can greatly affect our moods- so I figured we just take them off the table! Our sessions will be held on a HIPPA compliant telehealth platform (SecureVideo) to ensure that your privacy is protected. Sessions are primarily offered in video/audio format however, depending on your package secure phone dial-in and chat formats are also utilized to provide support.

All you will need is a computer, smart phone, or tablet with an integrated camera. You would also be asked to do a one-time download of Zoom.

The benefits of Telehealth are supported by the research (I extensively studied the research for my Doctoral Dissertation). Research has found that video therapy is as effective as in-person therapy. And thanks to the highly secure platform our sessions will remain private.

Each Life Coaching and Psychotherapy session will typically run for 50-60 minutes. However, if you need more time for a session I would be happy to make alternative arrangements with you as needed.

Absolutely. As a regulated professional I take your privacy and confidentiality seriously. For this reason, I will not reveal any personal information to anyone unless you give me permission to do so. However, there are exceptions to this practice and under specific conditions I am required by law to disclose information to the appropriate authorities. These include when you threaten to harm either yourself or someone else, and when abuse of a child, or someone who cannot protect themselves, is on-going.

Therapy results vary depending on the extent of the issues you bring to counselling, as well as your goals. Most clients report they notice improvements after the first session.

At this time I typically work with individual adults and couples. However, it is not uncommon to see changes within a family through the transformations made through Individual and couples’ work.

I request advance notice of 24 hours if you need to cancel or reschedule an appointment.

Fruits for the roots is a private pay service.  That means no need to go through a third party which means your information stays strictly private. Often insurance companies require submission of a client’s diagnosis and treatment notes prior to covering the cost of a session. However, if you are interested in being reimbursed by your by your healthcare Insurance Provider you will be provided a receipt from Fruits from the Roots to submit with your claim. Please check with your insurance first to see if they would cover this.

Once you click the “Book a session” button you will be prompted to select the service that you are interested in purchasing and scheduling. This ill then be added to your cart. Please select the number of sessions you desire. You can purchase one session or a bulk at a time.

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After you processed your payment please click “Return to merchant page” which will directly link you to my scheduling page.