Hi, I'm Natasha, a Female Empowerment Igniter with a passion for helping women own their value, step into their power and seize their liberation.
ENERGY IS POWER
MY THERAPY APPROACH
Our upbringing, our relationships, the chosen and unchosen cultures and environments we live in, and the stories we hear and tell ourselves profoundly shape who we are and the life paths we take.
I want to know your story and together, make sense of things and the challenges you are facing today.
Through our collaborative relationship and analysis of your story(ies), we develop meaningful insights and perspectives that work for you, not against you.
As you gain more clarity, own your value and step into your power, we'll draw on tools, coping strategies, and opportunities to further support and sustain a more grounded, assertive and empowered You.
I practice a combination of Narrative Therapy and Emotion Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT)
I appreciate Narrative Therapy for its anti-oppressive, generative approach with no built-in assumptions about being human other than the fact that people are experts of their own lives and a therapist acts as a co-pilot in helping folks figure things out. This style of therapy is effective for many different issues.
The narrative approach helps us figure things out by getting curious about the anatomy of your problems as well as your strengths/skills/abilities and past and present preferences using a when/where/what/why/how approach.
One of the most influential practices of Narrative Therapy is "Externalizing the Problem." The idea here is that you are not your problems. You are not your trauma.
No matter what happened to you or what you've been through, I see you as a whole person behind the fears, doubts, insecurities and disempowering, oppressive stories that you've been told and that you may tell yourself that have you feeling lost, broken, not enough, too much, alone, confused, scared or stuck.
If you're interested, check out this article about Narrative Therapy.
I appreciate Emotion Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT) for how it allows us to slow down, contain and work through the more sensitive, delicate, emotional parts of difficult conversations that need understanding and tending to.
The EFIT approach gently and safely guides us through hard, scary, painful, unbearable feelings in a powerful and transformative way. We can't change history, but EFIT allows us to change the impact that painful, shameful, traumatic experiences have on us.
This emotional tending-to is especially needed and missing in the dominant colonist culture with its increasingly emotion-phobic way of doing life and treating our emotions as a problem to be controlled, judged, squashed, fixed, ignored, minimized or powered through. I wrote an article about this here.
To learn more about EFIT, check out this article.
I have experience supporting folks in the following areas, which I do from an anti-colonial, trauma-informed approach. I do this in part by centering decolonial, Indigenous perspectives and voices of folks whose homelands I live on rather than euro-centric psychology theories and worldviews:
Identity exploration & personal development
Boundaries & Safe connection
Interpersonal & relationship issues
Depression & Anxiety
Disability & Ableism
Psychiatric assault recovery (e.g. ECT, coercion)
Prostitution/porn/sex trade trauma recovery
Grief & loss
Addiction (harm reduction approach)
WHY WORK WITH ME?
I am sincere and heart-centered and I ask questions from a place of curiosity, compassion and non-judgment to get to the heart of matters.
I call what we do in therapy a collaborative spiritual workout where we put our heads and hearts together to figure out what is going on for you and how to get through it in an empowered way that makes sense and feels right for you.
Therapy with me includes understanding the anatomy of your problems as much as it does recognizing your inherent strengths, skills and abilities. We work at a frequency, depth and pace that works for you and which we figure out together.
The therapy relationship is the most therapeutic part of therapy because the nervous system gets to experience safe, secure attachment, most especially through EFIT interventions. The experience of being seen, understood and accepted over and over again helps folks regulate and better tolerate previously unbearable feelings. This in turn helps build self worth, which allows people to take more relational risks in life and seek out and build the kind of relationships the nervous system needs instead of repeating old, familiar, painful patterns of relating or isolating.
Like any therapist, I'm a great match for some folks, and not for others. What matters is finding the right therapist for YOU, because the fit between you and your therapist is what will make or break your therapy experience.
I don't think it is possible to buy true, genuine care. Growing to care for my clients is an effect of our therapy work. If I don't grow to care for you as I get to know you, we would have a problem and it would probably mean I'm not the right therapist for you.
See my article on how to tell if your therapist is a good fit, and check out my video below to get a sense of who and how I am.
If it doesn't feel like a good fit when we connect, I am happy to suggest other therapists for you to check out.
I now exclusively do video therapy sessions. I offer a FREE 20-30 minute phone or video consultation so we can get a sense of one another, how I can support you, and answer any questions you have for me. I look forward to connecting with you!
It may sound cheesy but it's true: Every journey begins with a single step.
It takes a lot of courage - and some commitment - to embark on the personal growth journey of psychotherapy. I invite you to take the first step and contact me. It will be my honour and privilege to support and empower you along your path.
TS Medical Center
692 Euclid Avenue
Toronto, ON M6G 2T9