Welcome!

     I’m so glad you stopped by. My name is Michelle (she/her) and I am a licensed therapist working with individuals and couples. My main areas of focus are committed long term romantic partnerships, both traditional and modern, as well as a concentrated interest in sex therapy.  

      Maybe you’re not feeling as connected as you used to be to your partner, perhaps new roles such as parenting or demanding jobs have changed your romantic relationship. Maybe you’ve just discovered something about yourself or your partner that you are hesitant to explore or acknowledge for fear it may change the dynamics of your current relationship. Maybe you feel that communication is lacking or can be better, or you’re stuck in the same fight over and over again, wondering if your relationship can survive. Maybe you and your partner want different things sexually and are struggling how to manage this.

     I believe an authentic connection with your therapist, is one that ensures emotional safety, respect, and trust. I offer a welcoming, inclusive, and non-judgemental environment in my therapy room to create space for optimal exploration, healing, and growth. 

     I liken my role as your therapist to that of a tour guide.  With my training and experience, I may point out a potential blind spot you may wish to see, or offer a new perspective or insight to increase self awareness and support you in the experiment of new strategies. 

     I am a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) registered with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. I am a licensed Registered Counselling Therapist (RCT) with the regulatory body Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists. I am a member the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counsellors, and Therapists (AASECT) and the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH). I hold liability insurance nationwide and work with clients remotely across Canada.

     My family and I moved to Nova Scotia from Ontario in 2016 where I now own and oversee three busy family counselling clinics (Bedford, Dartmouth and Online). I am very passionate about equitable access to therapy and as a result, I founded the non-profit counselling organization Couch of Hope for Nova Scotia residents, providing access to therapy services for people who do not have insurance and otherwise do not have the means to pay for services.

     My goal as a therapist is to contribute in a way that supports you on your own personal journey to becoming the preferred version of yourself, while creating more satisfying and meaningful relationships (with self and others). I work from a client-centered approach, meaning I journey alongside you while honouring that you are the expert in your life.

     Each of us has a story. And our stories have many layers.

     Sharing our humanness is where we find those places to connect a little deeper and where we give others permission to let their guard down to do the same. While my story includes incredible amounts of love, joy and meaning, it also includes complex childhood trauma, mental and physical health struggles, and multiple complex losses and grief.  The most difficult work in my life by far, has been processing my own trauma, allowing the pain… listening… trusting… and learning from my own center. Having done the work on myself, I am now able to see all my life’s experiences as various teachers who have influenced my story, shaping who I am today. "Only when we know our own darkness well, can we be present with the darkness of others" -Prema Chodron  

  I know from personal experience, that even considering doing the hard work involved in therapy can be scary, daunting, and the thought of it even exhausting.  When done in a trusted therapeutic environment, the layers of pain that are processed and replaced with layers of peace and healing, make it all worthwhile. Taking the first step and reaching out for support is by far the most difficult.

     From personal and professional experience, I have learned the importance of honoring our stories rather than hiding from them, being ashamed of them, or pretending they are not ours. We can only begin to un-suffer and connect with our authentic selves when we honour our whole story, accept it, love it, and share it.

     Who I am in my life on a personal level, first and foremost, is a partner and a mom. My husband and I have been married 27 amazing years. In honouring our commitment to one another, I must acknowledge that the relationship we have created and sustained together has required a lot of work and has come with many ups and downs!  Together we have three incredible children, two of whom are already young adults. Marriage and parenting have been the most humbling and yet the most valuable, “teachers” of my life

     In my free time, I can be found spending quality time with family and friends, enjoying beach walks with my dog, traveling, reading, hiking, biking, and volunteering with the charities I am involved with.   

     If you wish to know more about my education history and specific therapeutic training methods I may practice (depending on what is needed), I invite you to explore the column at the left of this page. My professional disclosure statement is also readily available.

     If our future finds us working together at some point, then my promise to you is to show up at my best in order to do my part to promote a therapeutic relationship that will provide the means for exploration, healing, lasting change, and personal growth.

     I am committed to living fully, gratefully, mindfully, authentically, personally curious and dedicated to self actualizing. I’m not sure who said it, but it resonates for me “As your therapist, I can only take you as far as I have been willing to go in my own life”.

 

Warmly, 

Michelle 

 

   

As a private clinic, we’re unable to handle emergency situations.

If you are in crisis, please call your local mental health support line, 911 or go to the closest hospital.

In Nova Scotia you can reach the Mental Health Mobile Crisis Team at 1-888-429-8167

The Canada Suicide Prevention Service is available 24/7, 365 days a year 1-833-456-4566

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