M.A., C. Psych. Assoc.
I qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in South Africa and was registered with South African Board of Psychology. I then moved to London, UK, where I worked as a psychologist with children who had hearing impairments. I trained in group analysis and continued group psychotherapy training when I moved to Toronto in the Mid-1990s. I have worked in research and published in the area of Multiple Sclerosis and psychological consequences of the disease. I have been on the faculty of the Etobicoke General Hospital Cardiac Rehabilitation Program for the past 10 years. In addition, I provide training in group process, facilitation and psychotherapy to mental health professionals and am the co-founder and co-director of the Toronto Institute for Group Studies. I have given numerous workshops and lectures at conferences and for local and national organizations. I am registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario in the practice of Clinical and Rehabilitation Psychology.
I work with adults of all ages from late teens onwards, on many issues such as depression, anxiety, phobias, relationship difficulties, lack of self-esteem, workplace problems. Life transitions such as parenting, divorce, loss of a loved one, retirement, empty-nest, new work situations are all areas that might need the support of psychotherapy. Sometimes finding meaning in life, ridding yourself of unhealthy family baggage, exploring your authentic self and discovering your inborn talents are vital tasks that can be accomplished in therapy.
I am qualified to work with people who are experiencing chronic disease and have had traumatic accidents, including motor vehicle and workplace injuries. There are many psychological symptoms that result from diseases, illnesses and accidents, which can be helped by psychotherapy. I also focus on work reentry and being able to achieve optimally, given certain physical limitations.
I have trained extensively in group psychotherapy, group process and facilitation. I provide workshops, training and coaching around areas of interpersonal development, and understanding group process in the workplace. Understanding the operating of group process, for example, in meetings and work related groups, often leads to advantageous and productive outcomes.
I am able to use a number of therapy skills in which I have trained over the years, such as, analytically informed depth therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy, relational therapy, mindfulness meditation, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), dream analysis, solution focused therapy and guided imagery. I carefully evaluate each person to determine which therapies fit best. This is often undertaken in a collaborative way so that you may be part of the decision-making process.