This Hart Therapist is an experienced mental health professional, having worked for 20+ years in a variety of capacities focusing on human development. She believes change occurs as people experience themselves as competent and capable of finding solutions for greater control and contentment. She works to achieve this by honouring clients’ stories and struggles through curiosity and an unwavering belief that humans are inherently resourceful…but sometimes become stuck and can benefit from the support of a caring and informed mental health professional.
Her approach to therapy orientates toward a ‘systems approach’, which focuses on the relational aspects of human problems. She has an interest in understanding the specific contexts in which difficulties occur, and layers this perspective with an integrated approach, incorporating useful elements from modalities as diverse as Gottman Couple Method and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT).
Above all, this Hart Therapist believes finding the right counsellor is critical. In fact, research indicates the factors that have the greatest impact on therapeutic outcomes are the therapeutic alliance and client readiness for change. So, while a therapeutic modality or approach is important, it makes up a very small portion of the outcome pie. This is why she heavily focuses on ensuring a sound client-therapist fit, as she wants sessions to be value-laden for clients – ensuring time, energy and money is put to good use.