Meredith’s approach to therapy:

Both in my professional role, and my personal life, I am driven to honor and uphold the dignity and value of my fellow beings. As a therapist, I desire to help my clients reconnect to their essential goodness and repair the ways in which painful experiences in life have damaged their relationships with themselves and the world.

I believe that, as J.R.R. Tolkien remarked, “courage is found in unlikely places.” Even in the darkest of circumstances, with the right support, each of us is capable of accessing our inherent courage to survive, to heal, and find meaning and joy in living. I feel deeply honoured to share in my clients’ stories of suffering and resilience, and act as a partner in their journeys to come home to themselves.

In my practice, I strive to cultivate an environment of safety and warmth, where those who work with me can show up fully, and authentically. I invite clients to engage themselves with curiosity, creativity, humour, patience, and compassion. I bring a thoughtful and depth-oriented approach, informed by existential philosophy, the cutting edge of research and theory in the field of attachment neurobiology, and therapeutic interventions specifically targeted towards addressing the impacts of trauma.


 

 

Meredith’s professional background and qualifications:

I am a Canadian Certified Counsellor (C.C.C.) registered with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. In my training and work experiences, I have developed expertise in the area of trauma therapy. I am trained in Eye Movement and Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, and several other body-based trauma processing therapies that draw on the neuroscience of attachment and the body’s stress response system. These therapies address the physiological, mental, emotional, and relational impacts of trauma through the body’s natural adaptive capacities.

I have experience in supporting individuals and groups experiencing the impacts of interpersonal and systemic trauma in a range of settings including transitional houses for survivors of violence, residential addictions recovery centers, and provincial/federal correctional facilities.

Meredith’s areas of expertise:

-       Early childhood relational trauma

-       Neglect and abandonment

-       Child abuse (physical, emotional, mental, and sexual)

-       Sexual assault

-       Intimate partner violence

-       Witnessing violence

-       Burnout and vicarious traumatization for frontline staff in helping professions

 

Meredith’s specialized trainings:

  • EMDRIA Approved Basic Training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy
  • Attachment, The Body & Relational Repair: Three Pillars of Clinical Practice 
  • Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors: The Theory of Structural Dissociation
  • Lifespan Integration Therapy Level I
  • Observed and Experiential Integration Levels I and II
  • Sandtray Expressive Therapy