Registered Counselling Therapist
MA, RCT-C, CCC
Hey, I’m glad you stopped by! My name is Michelle (she/her) and I’m a Registered Counselling Therapist. My practice focuses on working with individuals and couples on anything relationships!
Some people come to couples counselling with their partners to work on their relationship together. Others come individually to work on their relationship; perhaps their partner is not interested in therapy or is not yet ready. I work with people who are in monogamous and consensual non-monogamous relationships. Common goals for intimate partner relationship therapy might be to learn new tools, to improve communication, to practice expression of expectations, to find ways to re-connect, and to minimize conflict like the criticize-withdraw dance partners may have co-created over time.
Our sexual health is an essential part of our overall emotional and physical well being; issues with sexuality can often be a reason people seek relationship therapy. I am a trained sex therapist, practicing under supervision as part of the ASSECT certification track. Sex Therapy is a specialized psychotherapy designed to help individuals and partners address medical, psychological, personal and interpersonal factors related to their sexuality.
People seek out relationship counselling for reasons other than intimate partner.
Some people might come to therapy when they have experienced a major life transition, a move, a job change, they are blending families, they’ve experienced a break up, gender identity, sexual orientation and more. This type of therapy is about relationship with self and identity work.
Others might come to counselling to work on relationships in their life such as those at work, with friends or with family. Common goals might be to work on boundaries, how to say no, how to say yes (and mean it), and how to be clear in asking for what you need. Setting up parameters helps us to show up at our best, in relationship with others.
As your therapist I work from a client-centered approach. This means I join you where you are and I walk with you. I am not the expert in our relationship-you are. My role is like that of a tour guide, with my training and experience I am able to point things out you may want to see like a blind spot or a new perspective. I am able to offer you insight, increased self-awareness and support you in the experiment of new strategies.
I offer a safe, inclusive and affirming space in my therapy room to explore possibilities. My promise to you is to show up at my best to create a meaningful therapeutic relationship that will provide the means for lasting change and personal growth.
I look forward to connecting,
Current Studies & Training:
- Sex Therapist
- Doctoral Candidate Counselling Psychology
- Registered Counselling Therapist Candidate, NSCCT, RCT-C20-003
- Psychotherapist, CCPA, CCC 10002953
Professional Experience and Credentials:
- Business Leader & Coach
- Entrepreneur for 13+ years
- Adult Educator & Trainer
- Mental Health Professional 15+ years
- Grief & Loss Counselling Certification
- Intensive Narrative Therapy Certification
- Sand Tray Training
- Post-Graduate Borderline Personality Disorder Training
- Post-Graduate Anxiety & Depression Intervention Training
- Post-Graduate Suicide Recognition & Intervention Training
- EFT Couples Training
- Gottman Method Couples Level 1 and Level 2 Training
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Sexual Dysfunctions Training
- Buehler Institute Trained Sex Therapy
Areas of Focus in Private Practice:
- Relationship Therapy Individuals, Couples and Families
- Sex Therapy
- Domestic Violence