Alana is a senior therapist with over 15 years of experience. She specializes in helping women and couples who experience infertility, pregnancy complications, and perinatal loss navigate the healthcare system. She can help you cope with complex emotions during this difficult time. She uses self-compassion and mindfulness techniques to foster resilience during times of grief and loss.
Alana supports new moms who are struggling to shift from their professional life to their new role as a mother. She normalizes this time and can help you draw on your strengths to embrace a new version of yourself. Alana also works with young professionals who face work challenges or life changes. She can help you enhance the connection between your mind and body, gain new perspectives, and increase your sense of fulfillment in life.
Alana provides a safe, non-judgmental, and compassionate space for growth. Alana honours your emotional experiences and helps to identify themes and patterns that may prevent forward movement. Her calm and caring approach helps people in crisis work through strong emotions and tough decisions. Alana provides tools that help foster growth and achieve personal change.
Alana is authentic and highly committed. She is sought after by the city’s top social work teams, by medical and social work students as a mentor, and by registered nurses as a special instructor on avoiding compassion fatigue. Alana draws on her lived experience and uses various modalities, including cognitive behavioural therapy, mindful self-compassion, and strength-based approaches. Alana is committed to continuing education, which keeps her at the forefront of her profession and ensures you receive the very best support.
Master of Social Work, Yeshiva University (2005)
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of Western Ontario (2002)
Gentle Persuasive Approach (Baycrest)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – Level 1 (Sick Kids Centre for Community Mental Health)
Brain Basics (OBIA)
Solution Focused Therapy Among Older Adults and Their Caregivers (Institute for Life Course and Aging)
Neuroscience, Mindfulness and Working with the Elderly (Institute for Life Course and Aging)
Mindful Self Compassion (Centre for MindBody Health)
Compassion Fatigue Educator Training (Mount Sinai Hospital)
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute)
Trauma Counselling – Level 1 (Sick Kids Centre for Community Mental Health)
START Suicide Prevention (LivingWorks)
Yoga For Trauma and Self Regulation (Off the Mat)
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: Blending Theory with Innovative Play Therapy Techniques (Core Wellness)
What's Goin’ On? An Innovative Play-Based Assessment Model for Children and Teens (Core Wellness)
Tips and Techniques for Playful Online Therapy with Children and Teens (Core Wellness)
Intuitive Eating PRO Skills Teleseminar (Intuitive Eating)
Gottman Method Couples Therapy – Level 1 (Gottman Institute)
Ontario Association of Social Workers
Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers