Denise is a Registered Psychotherapist and a Yorkville University graduate with a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology. She has training in EMDR and DBT-Intensive. Before becoming part of the Trauma Centre team, Denise was providing individual and family therapy to adolescents struggling with a variety of high-risk behaviours, including substance use, self-harming and suicide ideation, trauma and PTSD. She has also volunteered at the Toronto Distress Centre providing support and crisis interventions for clients in distress. In addition, she has worked at multiple clinics working and supporting adults with anxiety, depression, chronic pain and motor vehicle accidents.
It can often be challenging feeling as though you are alone in your thoughts, worrying about the future, feeling trapped in painful patterns or emotions or feeling stuck about which direction to take. Having the courage and hope to ask for help is the first step in creating change and growth in yourself. Denise strives to create a safe outlet with her clients to express their vulnerabilities, to listen to them share their story with empathy and validation, to identify client strengths, and to empower her clients to build a quality of life they desire. Denise utilizes a variety of evidence-based approaches in order to get to the root cause of anxieties, traumas and interpersonal conflicts. Collaboration and team work are essential.
“Growth is painful. Change is painful. But, nothing is as painful as staying stuck where you do not belong.” N.R. Narayana Murthy