I have a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Toronto, and a 4 year honours undergraduate degree in psychology from York University.
I first worked in a psychiatric setting for 8 years. It was a hierarchical environment in which patients had very little power. I soon began learning about and lecturing to staff on sexual issues for both women and men. I saw patients experiencing numerous sexual/intimacy issues, as well as dealing with sexual orientation concerns and transgender thoughts and feelings. Over time I began lecturing through AAMFT in Canada and in the U.S. And had a few papers published on sex therapy along the way.
In my private practice, I adhere to a Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice which are integral to my work with clients. This is in conjunction with all applicable legislation, combined with my judgement as a professional, and as a member in good standing as a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. (referred in part from OCSWSSW)
As a Certified Sex Therapist (BESTCO), I adhere to the highest standards of practice that are expected of me. I stay current with research and evidence-based practices, including work that depathologizes women's sexual concerns and all sexual/intimacy and sexual orientation, sexual identity areas of concern.
I am a member of:
OAMFT (the Ontario Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (www.oamft.com)
AAMFT (the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, www.aamft.org), as a Clinical Fellow
CAMFT (the Canadian Association for Marriage and Family Therapy) as a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist (RMFT).
OASW (the Ontario Association of Social Workers) (www.oasw.org)
SIECCAN (the Sex information and Education Council of Canada) which provides members with the Journal of Human Sexuality; essential for all sex therapists, researchers, and educators.
My approach to therapy has been influenced by the variety of learning experiences that I have been fortunate to have had over the years. As a therapist I have also seen how women are undervalued in our society, and recognize that abuse against women and girls, is highly underreported. As a therapist I work with women, and at times with men, who have been dealing with the after-effects of trauma in their lives. Most recently I have attended workshops on violence against women in Indigenous communities, and continue to explore this area.
In my practice I combine various forms of therapeutic approaches and theories, depending on what works best with each person I see. I also depend a great deal on my own sense of self, my years of experience, while bringing together and continually analyzing complex/multiple issues that may arise. I depend on Collaborative Therapy, Sex Therapy Techniques, some Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Feminist Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Therapies, Psychodynamic Therapy, Therapy for Post Traumatic Stress as needed. But foremost is the relationship I form with clients as an approachable, flexible, caring, and direct therapist.
The field of sex therapy has changed over time, and there is more evidence-based information, research studies and so on, that as a sex therapist I keep up with to ensure that I have the latest information at hand in order to best help my clients. As well, there is more information online that clients access on their own, which can allow them to be more knowledgeable before even meeting me.