Welcome, I’m Michele
There are times when our choices seem fewer and our path forward less clear. During these times, enlisting the help and support of others can be a game changer. Even when our world may be feeling smaller, we often recognize a desire for more freedom; the freedom that comes from creating the kind of life we truly want to live.
The desire for such freedom comes with an invitation to make some important shifts. As we grow in self-awareness, we get clearer about what’s holding us back and create a new space for future possibilities to take shape – this is important work!
The challenge of difficult times has always been the impetus for human beings to grow and change. I can support you to build something new and more consistent with how you really want to live. Together, we can explore and develop new tools on the road to greater freedom; freedom where you can choose something different for yourself and your life.
“At the centre of your being, you have the answer. You know who you are and you know what you want.” Lao Tzu
Lacking the energy to fully engage with your life? Depression and/or anxiety barriers to joyful living? Relationships suffering as you struggle to connect with others? I can help!
I focus on developing new behaviour patterns which support you to be more present, engaged, and content with yourself and with the people who matter most in your life. Together we’ll explore your vision for the future and activate the energy to begin to do things differently.
I’ll help you build new skills to work with the challenging emotions that are often at the root of our struggles. This shift to more helpful thinking and behaviour patterns will build resiliency to deal with future challenges. I draw from my experiences with meditation, mindfulness-based counseling, life coaching and other therapeutic approaches. I continue to benefit personally from mindfulness & compassion skills and am enthusiastic about sharing them with you.
As a spouse of many years and mother of two young adults, I understand the challenges in building healthy relationships. I provide a place of trust, respect and positive communication allowing you the opportunity to understand your feelings and learn to connect more deeply with yourself and your life.
Experience and Training
Areas of Specialty
Mindfulness & Compassion-based therapies for depression, anxiety and other mental health issues. Strong interest in working with behavioural change to address unhelpful beliefs and patterns. Trained in Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy to support clients in making greater meaning of their lives. Experience working with relationship issues for couples, including infidelity/betrayal, and parenting challenges. Training and experience in somatic (body focused) approaches to trauma informed therapy. Individual Counselling, Couple Counselling
MA in Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy, Registered Psychotherapist (RP) with the College of Registered Psychotherapist of Ontario, Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) through the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, Registered Yoga Instructor (YTT), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) Teacher Training.
Registered Psychotherapist Registration #004595 & Canadian Certified Counsellor #8104 **Insurance is not guaranteed, please verify with your insurance company to make sure you are covered for Psychotherapy by a Registered Psychotherapist. The Ontario Government proclaimed the College of Registered Psychotherapists in 2015 and, since that time, Registered Psychotherapists (RPs) have been working with insurance providers to extend health benefits to cover Registered Psychotherapists. Many insurance companies cover RP services and others are willing and able to add Registered Psychotherapists to their customer’s policies. If you have benefits and would like to seek coverage for my services, you may choose to have a discussion with your employer about including Registered Psychotherapists in your Benefit Plan if they are not already covered.
I’ll work with you to discover your path to greater self-awareness and positive change. We’ll discuss what you’d like to accomplish and create a plan to move forward. I’ve been honoured to work with hundreds of people, maybe not unlike you, who were passing through a difficult period and I’m committed to finding the best approach to meet your particular needs and goals.
For me, one of the best parts of therapy is the creative collaboration; where we respond to what’s happening right now in your life and use your own life experience and inner wisdom to learn how to do things differently.
Additionally, I view the body as an important guide and tool for therapy. I’m also passionate about supporting you through significant life transitions and working with these as pathways to healing and recovery.
“Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” Viktor E. Frankl
When I’m not counselling others, I pursue my interests and do the things I love. This means getting outside as much as possible where I enjoy gardening, hiking, cycling, camping and spending time in nature. My other pursuits include singing, cross-country skiing, meditation, playing the guitar, creating new recipes in the kitchen and getting out for some live music. Whatever the season, spending time with family & friends has a spot near the top of my “to do list.”
“The self-explorer, whether [s]he likes it or not, becomes the explorer of everything else.” Elias Canetti
One more thing….
One of my favourite quotes is by Joseph Campbell who said “I don’t believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive”. We often struggle because of our old patterns and beliefs. Behaviour patterns, thinking patterns, relationship & communication patterns and limiting beliefs can all get in the way of us “feeling alive.” They lock us into ways of being which prevent us from being open to the life and the people around us. As we work together to change these unhelpful habitual patterns and beliefs, we’re freer to experience life rather than react based on the past. We’re freer to create the life we truly want for ourselves.
One hour appointments:
We do offer reduced rates - just ask! Please contact us for more info.
I look forward to joining you on your journey.
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Call us at (855) 338 0322
Our Clinical Director will help you decide on the best therapist for you and get you all set up for your first appointment.