Creativity. Our creativity is connected to our well-being.
Everyone has the ability to create, from making dinner to composing a symphony! What is most exciting to me is when we create to intentionally harness our creativity and serve our well-being. The process of creation can be inherently uplifting, even when we are creating about a troubling topic. I specialize in therapeutic music improvisation, and offer you a structured, supportive music improvisation experience as a way of connecting with your creativity.
Integrity. The highest standards of clinical care and confidentiality.
As a therapist who often works with people who are public figures and performing artists, clinical responsibility and confidentiality are essential to me. I am also always upgrading my training, am active in my professional communities, and publish my research in reputable scholarly journals. When working with me, you can rest assured that you will be treated with the utmost skill, confidentiality, and care.
Wellness. How we understand wellness can affect how we see ourselves and navigate the world.
I value a strength-based and subjective approach to wellness. Being strength-based means that my work focuses on activating inner resources and strengths to address mental health challenges. A subjective approach means that I understand we each have our own wellness experiences, set-points, and goals – one size doesn’t fit all! I work with clients to meet your unique wellness goals and experiences.
Connection. Valuing our connections with ourselves, each other, and our world.
Despite being hyper-connected through technology and social media, we can sometimes feel isolated and alone. Taking time to meaningfully connect with our inner selves, like-hearted people, and the larger world around us can help us feel grounded, healthy and strong. I am grateful to live on Vancouver Island, where hikes in the forest and by the ocean nurture my connection to myself and to the natural world.
Enjoyment. Finding moments of enjoyment in everyday life.
My time as a music therapist in palliative care taught me to prioritize enjoyment in everyday life. This can mean simpler things like savouring a cup of tea or coffee, and larger things like enjoying a well-earned vacation. My work aims to help you experience enjoyment through music-making. This can be useful for people who have never played an instrument before and for professional musicians. Therapeutic music-making can help us cultivate enjoyment in our lives.