Shirley is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) and holds a Clinical Psychology master's degree. She provides compassionate, challenging and tailored psychotherapy to youth and adults who seek to work through their challenges and cultivate reflection, acceptance and change.
Shirley has over twelve years of experience in the mental health field, working with individuals who cope with emotional and mental health challenges such as post traumatic stress, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, addiction and self harming behaviours. Shirley gained her experience in various settings in Israel and in Canada, including inpatient and outpatient hospital programs, community organizations, and private centres.
Shirley's framework is primarily psychodynamic. However, she incorporates various modalities she is trained in based on her clients' needs and goals, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, and Trauma-Focused interventions. You will find that Mindfulness and bodily awareness are often incorporated in her sessions for the purpose of nurturing an embodied experience, and an observation of the links between body and mind. Shirley specializes in Trauma Focused Therapy for those coping with PTSD as a result of traumatic events, such as sexual assault, childhood abuse, intimate partner violence, as well as to first responders who endured injuries or traumatic events in their line of duty (WSIB). Being informed by feminist psychology, Shirley considers the social, political and cultural contexts that play a role in her clients' lives.
Shirley strives for continued learning and professionalization. She regularly attend trainings and maintain an active engagement with Toronto's psychotherapy community, furthering her clinical skills and expanding her knowledge. Shirley is strongly committed to obtaining regular clinical consultation and supervision in order to reflect on her work with clients and ensure the provision of effective care.
Shirley offers services in English and Hebrew
"I aspire to maintain humanism, openness, compassion and a sense of humour both in my professional and personal life. I am inspired by the people around me, including my clients, who teach me time and again the meaning of resilience and courage. I find balance and satisfaction in my life through close relationships, my yoga practice, and my love for art, music, film and good food."