Areas of expertise:
Relationship dynamics, anxiety, issues related to sexual orientation/gender identity, self-harm, spiritual doubt and deconstruction/reconstruction, life transition, culture shock, identity formation, regret, the Enneagram
Education and Experience:
Everyone strives to live life to the fullest and, predictably, the many ‘potholes’ along the way often make life difficult to manage and results in loneliness, stagnation, and disconnection from what is most important.
The expat experience is unique and, not-surprisingly, expats often experience unforeseen challenges as they are separated from family and other supports and thrust into a culture that is different from their own. Safe spaces to speak about and examine these challenges are not often available and what was at one time a small inconvenience or cultural frustration becomes choking anxiety or depression, culture-shock, and/or loss of self-identity or worth.
Socrates once said that “the unexamined life is not worth living”; in light of this, my desire is to provide safe and intentional space for those who are courageous enough to live the examined life. I am a deep thinker and passionate about meeting my clients where they are at as they explore and overcome the obstacles that keep them from living life to the fullest and owning their place in society at large. This journey is one that I am highly privileged to be invited into and I do not take my role lightly; as a result, my approach to therapy is compassionate, client-centred, and empathetic. I honour the autonomy of my clients and aim to provide non-judgemental space for the process to unfold.
I have experience in providing counselling to a wide range of demographics, such as high school and college students, families, and couples. I prefer an integrated approach as it offers many possibilities and angles for self-examination, such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Emotion Focused Therapy.
I am Canadian and I have been married for four years. When I am not working I can be found attempting to speak Arabic with my neighbours, learning to cook foods from around the world (especially Jordan), scoping out coffee shops in search of the best latte, and going on outdoor adventures.