Elizabeth

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MSW RSW
She/Her
PRACTICE FULL
ON LEAVE

Elizabeth is here to support you with anxiety, disordered eating, trauma, and sexuality and gender identity.

Elizabeth meets you where you are, celebrates you for who you are, and supports you in your journey toward authentic living. Elizabeth specializes in supporting folks with their sexuality and gender identity. As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, she strives to create a safe space that welcomes and affirms all identities. 

Elizabeth can help you draw on your strengths, hold what is painful, and honour your inherent wisdom. Elizabeth recognizes that the unjust world we live in impacts your mental health: she is not afraid to unpack these dynamics when needed. Elizabeth uses a trauma-informed, evidence-based, and anti-oppressive approach to therapy. Elizabeth also draws on modalities such as cognitive behavioural therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy, and narrative therapy.

For the past three years, Elizabeth has worked with young adults dealing with substance use concerns and different mental health diagnoses. She has also supported newcomers to Canada in the LGBTQ+ program at a community health organization. She supported folks who faced challenges in both their settlement process and marginalization due to their sexuality or gender identity. 

In her personal life, Elizabeth has maintained a dedicated yoga/meditation practice for over a decade. This gives Elizabeth a deep awareness of the connection between mind and body. For many people, the body is the site of pain and/or trauma, but it can also be a source of healing and wisdom. Elizabeth can offer this tool to help you navigate life’s difficulties. 

Right for you if:

You are hoping to build a better relationship with your body and food.
You want practical, flexible strategies to support your mental health, and navigate trauma.
A therapist part of the 2SLGBTQIA+, with lived experience, is important to you.
You prefer a harm reduction approach to addressing substance use.

More about

Elizabeth

Master of Social Work, University of Toronto (2020)

Bachelor of Social Work, Ryerson University (2018)

Getting Unstuck: Processing Trauma-Induced Guilt and Shame (MAGentix)

Unified CBT for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (University of Ottawa)

Advanced Standing Practice Seminar (University of Toronto)

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (LivingWorks)

Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Training (Crisis Prevention Institute)

Ontario Association of Social Workers

Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers

Q&A

What is a motto or idea that gives you reassurance when you’re having a difficult time?
"When all the good in you starts arguing with all the bad in you about who you really are, never let the bad in you make the better case." - Andrea Gibso
How do you describe therapy?
A rest-stop place to put down everything you have been carrying. I hold the space for clients to choose (even if only temporarily) if there are things they want to leave behind in the rest place, or store them here for now. I hold a space for clients to decide what they want to pick back up to carry forward and explore different ways to pick those things back up; perhaps carrying them in a new way that feels less heavy, and makes life feel lighter.
What does good mental health look like to you?
To me, good mental health looks like having the most loving and caring relationship with yourself as possible. Like any healthy relationship this requires safety, accountability, responsive boundaries, a willingness to grow, a soft place to rest when necessary, and cannot occur in isolation.

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