Private Matters Psychotherapy is a group practice located in the heart of Burlington, ON. All of our therapists are registered mental health professionals with ample experience in helping people uncover what they are dealing with, develop effective coping skills, and work towards personalized client-oriented goals. At the heart of the therapy offered at PMPTherapy lies a non-judgemental attitude, a caring environment, and professionalism.
Our therapists each have their own specialization and work with different therapeutic modalities. As such, we help a wide range of people including kids, teens, adults, families and couples. Most of the sessions offered at PMPTherapy will use an eclectic approach, combining therapeutic techniques from different therapies, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Social Skills Training, Spiritual Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and more.
We also offer workshops and group therapy. A warm and compassionate group environment allows people facing similar issues to come together to learn about themselves and to realize that they are not alone. It provides a chance to identify with others who are in different stages of the healing process and to learn from their experiences.
Our therapists are here to help you. To find out more about each therapist, click on the links below
I work with individual, teens, and families who experience stress and discomfort due to anxiety, depression, a traumatic experience, relationship issues, and self-esteem issues gain a better understanding of what they are going through and teach them coping skills to make long-lasting and positive changes so they can start living a healthy and fulfilling life.
I specialize in working with
• Emergency Responders (i.e. Police Officers, Fire Fighters, Paramedics, and ER personnel) • Anxiety Disorders
My passion for working with First Responders and trauma victims stems from two very important and personal life lessons. The first one is my own traumatic experience and shopping for “the perfect therapist” to help me battle my inner demons. I tried many different paths, have been guinea-pigged on by an intern experimenting with her own self-taught therapy, and finally ended at the doorstep of my last therapist. Her enthusiasm for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and the effect it had on me finally gave me the chance to make peace with my past and live my life to its full potential.
The second one stems from my working experiences as (a) a socio-therapist at a forensic psychiatric hospital coaching rehabilitated detainees with a mental health disorder back to society, and (b) as a trauma therapist for the United Nations in Haiti. For this last one, myself and a team of other mental health professionals were responsible for the welfare of more than twelve thousand UN personnel, including civilians, UN police, UN firefighters, and UN military personnel.
In my sessions I use an eclectic approach combining Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Narrative Therapy and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy.
In my professional career, I obtained both my Bachelor in Psychology, my first Master in Cognitive Psychology and my second Master in Clinical Psychology from the University of Leiden in The Netherlands. I am registered with the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP) and the College of Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO), and have worked as a therapist and counsellor for various mental health hospitals and organizations. I have many years of experience helping individuals overcome their fears and find their true potential by dealing with their trauma, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, self-esteem and assertiveness issues, obsessive-compulsive behaviours and stress.
Mental Health Counsellor
I am a Registered Social Worker and Mental Health Counsellor and I help children, youth, adolescents and families develop strategies to manage and cope with personal and social distress.
My areas of specialization are
• Stress and anxiety
• Relationship issues
• Parent-teen conflict
In my sessions I utilize a combination of techniques including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), trauma-focused therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy. My experiences in the school board, outpatient mental health, and within child welfare have given me the tools to effectively work with the above populations.
My passion for helping people stems from my own personal experiences. Over the years, I have utilized these experiences to help others overcome their personal, social, and occupational challenges.
Throughout my struggle, I was fortunate enough to have a great support network to help me recognize what is important in life. It is my belief that having emotional support is integral in the healing process.
As a professional, I have observed a lack of services for children, youth and adolescents with mental health issue in the Halton Region. I would like to fill in this gap by welcoming you to contact me to talk about your worries.
One of my colleagues once told me, “Without hope, we don’t get out of bed in the morning.” I am sharing this with you because I believe that hope is the foundation of our healing.
I help adults who are struggling with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and life transitions. I specialize in helping people with
• Women’s issues (such as perinatale / postpartum depression)
As a registered psychotherapist, my role is to help clients explore and better understand what is contributing to their distress. Through this insight and support, a person is better able to make the necessary changes to achieve balance and happiness in their life. I respect each client’s values and readiness for change, while providing them with a trusting and compassionate relationship. I believe that all people have the potential to seek the changes they wish to make, and it is being a part of this process that drives my passion for this work.
I have worked for approximately ten years focussing on mood disorders (e.g. depression, perinatal/postpartum depression), anxiety disorders (e.g. generalized anxiety, social anxiety, specific phobias and OCD) and difficult life transitions/changes. My approach is based heavily in my background in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, with elements of Interpersonal Psychotherapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy.
I have specialized in working with women and helping them find the tools and skills that will allow them to find a healthy balance in their often hectic lives. This is often during times of transition such as pregnancy and the postpartum period; these times can be both highly rewarding but also potentially extremely stressful and lonely or alienating.
I have learned a great deal from the clients I have worked with, who have demonstrated strength and resilience in some of the most difficult circumstances life could offer. I am grateful for this and integrate this learning into my practice.
In my personal life, I am enjoying and humbled by my new role as a mother. I enjoy spending time with my husband and our son (and english bulldog), traveling as much as life allows us to these days and enjoying new experiences. Certainly, this is a time in life when my personal life and work life are overlapping the most, and I have gained so much insight and empathy that I strive to integrate into my practice.
As well, in my role as assistant professor with the University of McMaster’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, I have had the great opportunity to be a part of an academic environment and provide teaching and supervision to students of the clinical behavioural sciences program (cognitive behavioural therapy). I integrate both this theoretical knowledge and clinical experience to provide evidence-based treatment in a compassionate and encouraging way.
I look forward to working with you.