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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.

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YOU ARE
ENERGY

ENERGY IS POWER

YOU ARE
POWER

 

THERAPY

MY THERAPY APPROACH

Our upbringing, our relationships, the cultures and environments we live in and the stories we hear and tell ourselves, profoundly shape who we are, the way we perceive reality and the life paths we take.

As we are born, there is nothing wrong with us. The mainstream colonial mental health industry wants us to believe that our distress is caused by internal, individual biological abnormalities and chemical imbalances. I see this as a form of gaslighting and victim blaming. Our biology is of course impacted by trauma and distress, but the vast majority of human suffering in so-called "civilized" societies is rooted in external, socio-cultural factors.

Colonization/globalization savagely and violently enforces, coerces and inflicts upon us things like domestication, oppressive  abrahamic religions, industrialization, technology and systems of slavery and exploitation such as capitalism. This creates a multitude of imbalances and dis-eases that show up as individual, collective and intergenerational traumas .

 

When trauma and other forms of emotional and spiritual injuries are not responded to or repaired in the way we need, we develop all kinds of protective strategies and behaviors, or appropriate adaptations when living in hostile environments, as Dr. Joy DeGruy puts it.

 

Adaptive protective behaviors in hostile environments include things like shutting down, numbing out, dissociating, compulsions, intellectualizing, self-harming, harming others, avoiding, enmeshing, manipulating, fawning, isolating and so on. 

 

To be human is to be wired for connection and interdependence. The protective/adaptive strategies and behaviors we develop to keep us alive become psychological and spiritual prisons that keep us from giving and receiving the kind of love and care that we so desperately need.

When these internal prisons become unbearable, therapy is one source of support that can help get us unstuck and on the path to liberation. That was the case for me, though when I first began my own therapy journey, I had no idea or a language to express the what, why and how I came to feel so lost and stuck and spiritually wilted, and it took time to learn how to get unstuck and feeling better, which remains a work in progress.

I want to know your story and together, make sense of the challenges you are facing today.

Therapy with me involves discovering and receiving the kind of emotional care you need, gaining clarity and reconnecting with your inherent power and worth. We draw on tools, coping strategies and opportunities to support and sustain a more grounded, integrated, assertive and empowered You.

Through our collaborative relationship and analysis of your story(ies), we develop meaningful insights and perspectives that work for you, not against you.

I specialize in a combination of Narrative Therapy and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). These are euro-western/colonial psychology frameworks which I practice from a decolonial lens that is informed by the original/Indigenous voices of the land I occupy on Turtle Island by way of childhood immigration.

WHAT IS NARRATIVE THERAPY?

I love Narrative Therapy for its collaborative, anti-oppressive, generative approach. It has no built-in assumptions about being human other than the fact that people are experts of their own lives and a therapist acts as an intimate witness and 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 preferences using a who/what/where/when/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. It is our relationship to our emotions and problems that is the fundamental issue, except when it comes to oppression, which is a more complicated thing. 

Oppression and disempowerment are not mutually exclusive but there is an important difference between them. The experience of disempowerment is internal in that it is a disconnection from our inherent power and therefore within our grasp to change.

 

The experience of oppression is external in that while we may feel fully aligned and connected to our inherent power, external factors and forces function like a noose around our neck and therefore out of our control, while also mitigated by our various forms of privilege (also known as luck), which we all have. Examples of oppressive neck nooses are ableism, classism, misogyny/male supremacy, racism/white supremacy, fatphobia/thin supremacy, homophobia, transphobia, ageism/youth supremacy, etc.

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 stories that you've been told and that you may tell yourself that have you feeling lost, alone, broken, not enough, too much, confused, numb, scared or stuck.

To learn more about narrative therapy, check out this article.

WHAT IS EMOTIONALLY FOCUSED THERAPY (EFT)?

I love Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) because it is rooted in attachment, with a core understanding that human beings are wired for connection and that safe, secure attachment with others is what allows us to individually blossom and thrive.

 

Colonization and its colonial death culture teaches us to disconnect, dissociate, detach, fear and try to control the living land and non-human beings that we share it with. From a decolonial perspective, attachment to the living land and all beings in the web of life that us humans are a small part of, is necessary for balance and optimal physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health for all. 

 

Human attachment wounds result in anxious, avoidant, or disorganized attachment behaviors and thought patterns, or a combination thereof. We can't change history, but it is possible to change some of the impact that painful, shameful, traumatic experiences have on us.

Understanding our attachment injuries helps us make sense of the dysfunctional attachment communication cycles and self-protective behavior patterns we get caught up in our adult relationships as we learn healthier, more satisfying and meaningful ways to relate, connect and practice intimacy (into-me-see).

Conversations using an EFT approach build a felt sense of security for folks, with the therapy relationship being a secure base and the therapist functioning as a safe haven and temporary attachment figure.  This makes possible a loosening and lessening of protective strategies and behaviors and a gradual attunement with the self, or as Dr. Thelma Bryant puts it, a reclaiming of and homecoming to one's whole, authentic self. This process is deeply transformative in the way it rehumanizes us.

Emotional attunement is a core human need and it is a key ingredient for a transformative EFT experience. Unfortunately, emotional attunement is largely missing and messed up in dominant colonizer culture with its increasingly emotion-phobic way of doing life by treating our emotions as a problem to be controlled, punished, judged, squashed, fixed, ignored, minimized or "powered through." I wrote an article about it here.
 

To learn more about EFT check out this article.

I have experience supporting folks in the following areas:

  • Trauma recovery

  • Identity exploration & self development

  • Boundaries & safe connection

  • Interpersonal & relationship issues

  • Depression & anxiety

  • Disability & ableism

  • Psychiatric assault recovery (e.g. ECT, coercion)

  • Prostitution/porn/sex industry trauma recovery

  • Grief & loss

  • Life transitions

  • Addiction (harm reduction approach)

  • Culture clash

 

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 and at a frequency, depth and pace that works for you and which we figure out together.

You should also be prepared for me to make mistakes and let you down sometimes. This is part of being human. One of the most powerful and transformative parts of therapy is something called corrective experiences

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 clarity and self worth, which allows people to take more relational risks in life and seek out and cultivate the kind of relationships the nervous system needs instead of repeating old, familiar, painful patterns of relating or isolating.

Studies prove over and over that it is the quality of the client-therapist relationship - also known as the therapeutic alliance - that makes for effective therapy.

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 and outcome of our therapy work. If you don't feel genuine care from me, we would have a problem and it could 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.

 

CONTACT

EMAIL

OFFICE ADDRESS

TS Medical Center

692 Euclid Avenue

Toronto, ON M6G 2T9

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