Unit 2 - 388 Albert St. Ottawa ON
Adult, Couple, Anxiety, Depression, Grief & Loss, Isolation & Loneliness, Meaning & Purpose, Multicultural, Relationship & Self-Esteem
“The secret to man’s being is not only to live, but to have something to live for." (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
As an existential therapist, I not only attempt to address the afflicting symptoms of psychological distress, but also endeavour to embrace the affirming nature of human existence. The primary reason behind my approach is to enter into, and explore, my client’s experience and understanding of his or her world in all its relevance, significance, as well as uncertainty and complexity.
In the mutual process of exploration with my clients, I am guided by the assumption that much of the psychological unease or disruption in our lives relays back to a broader web of relations and circumstances in a world from which we came and within which we dwell. Subsequently, in our desire to meet and merge with expectations of this world and of others, we often struggle to emerge in the meaning-full experience of our own selves; or as Oscar Wilde had so poignantly observed, “One’s real life is so often the life one does not lead.”
In my practice I aim to engage my clients in their world and the journey across the psychological landscape of their anxiety or anticipation, delights or despairs, triumphs or tribulations. Having come to face their inner shadows such as shame, guilt, self-doubt or deprecation, I strive to support them in the process of self-disclosure and understanding as they recover their personal meanings and reclaim their will and courage to live authentically. To me, the main objective of this dialogical process in therapy has always been to enlarge my client’s awareness of his or her existential Self and reveal the possibilities it affords.
As for my own journey, my interest in the existential-phenomenological perspective has been sparked in the mid-1990’s during my undergraduate studies at the University of Ottawa, and later expanded at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh where I completed my Masters degree (2000). On my return to Ottawa University, I continued to further develop and mature in this orientation while I completed my Ph.D. (2007).
Presently, aside from my private practice, I continue to teach courses in Theories of Personality, Social Psychology and Psychology of the Family at the University of Ottawa. At the Centre, I am currently working as a psychotherapist under the supervision of a clinical psychologist, Dr. Dino Zuccarini, C. Psych.