Cheryl is a Registered Psychotherapist with over 16 years experience working with neurodivergent couples, youth, adults, and their families.  She has extensive experience in autism, anxiety, depression, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.  Working with transition-aged youth and adults on building independence skills, growing a positive self-concept, and developing life goals is a particular area of interest. In addition to individual, couples, and family therapy, Cheryl enjoys facilitating group-based therapy, support groups, and leading educational seminars for professional teams on topics such as mental health in autism, healthy relationships and sexuality, and mindfulness-based stress reduction.

In her family therapy work, Cheryl uses a family systems and narrative approach to help identify key themes and move from limiting or self-defeating interaction patterns to more enriched communication and strengthened problem-solving.

Client focus:  Individuals (ages 10-adult) and couples

Fee: $158.20/hr session (includes HST)

Services:

Individual psychotherapy to address:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Anger management
  • Diagnosis exploration (understanding how one’s autism diagnosis affects oneself)
  • Self-esteem
  • Interpersonal relationships
  • School refusal
  • Self-harm

Couples therapy to address:

  • Communication breakdowns 
  • Diagnosis exploration – pre or post formal diagnosis of a partner
  • Goal-setting and future planning 
  • Balancing separateness and togetherness
  • Emotion regulation within couple dynamics
  • Sex and intimacy challenges
  • Infidelity
  • Conscious uncoupling – how to separate in a loving way

Family psychotherapy to address:

  • Coping with a new diagnosis
  • Family stressors
  • Sibling relationships
  • Parent/caregiver relationship
  • Separation and divorce
  • Parenting strategies

Therapy options: Online video conferencing

Treatment Approach: Using a strengths-based, narrative approach Cheryl works to honour each person’s unique experience and goals for therapy.  She incorporates several therapy modalities in her work including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT); and mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR).  

Education:

M.A. Counselling Psychology – Yorkville University
B.A. Speech Science – University of British Columbia