I believe there are as many ways as there are mothers.
After suffering two miscarriages and months of infertility, I awakened to the mind-body connection, and embarked on a journey of extreme self-care and holistic health.
It was at this time, that I deeply understood what it means to surrender. Luckily, I was able to get pregnant a third time. But then the unimaginable happened. My husband was diagnosed with incurable cancer in 2009. That was really hard— as he was undergoing treatment, I was finding my rhythm as a new mother.
Enter my deep love for simplicity. To slow down and prioritize what REALLY matters. A couple years later, when my second daughter was only six months old, Mark's Melanoma metastasized, I had Postpartum Depression and it's safe to say that I wanted to escape my life. Cue shame resilience (oh the guilt and shame) and mama healing energy .
It’s complicated isn’t it…this whole life thing?
These days, Mark is doing well despite living with stage 4 Melanoma, and our daughters are thriving— highly sensitive and all. It hasn’t always been easy, but the effort is what saved us.
I’m telling you all this because I want you to know that I understand on a personal level what it means to live a messy life. I also want you to know that it is possible in a very tangible way to improve the quality of your life, even as an overwhelmed, under-supported, sleep-deprived parent or parent-to-be.
What exactly is occupational therapy (OT)?
OT's facilitate full participation in the day-to-day activities and occupations of our lives by helping us accommodate for whatever the current state of our physical, emotional and mental wellbeing may be. This is achieved by increasing function, independence and meaning in people’s lives.
Did you know that OT is covered by many insurance programs in Ontario?
and what exactly is a birth doula again?
That one’s easier.
Doulas are trained professionals who provide physical and emotional support and access to resources in the months preceding, during and in the short time following the birth of a child.
I speak many languages, (including English and French!) But what I really mean is that I employ a holistic approach to more traditional methods and practices— whether you live in Toronto or anywhere else in the world.
For example, in addition to the formal credentials listed below, I’ve completed Dr. Elaine Aron’s program on Psychotherapy and the Highly Sensitive Person and am listed on her site as one of two therapists in Ontario. I incorporate energy medicine (Reiki and Emotional Freedom Technique) and mindfulness into my work, but most importantly, I meet you where you’re at. I regularly attend training, workshops and conferences on topics ranging from dealing with sensory processing issues to coping with brain injury to the simple yet complex process of birth and parenting.
All this to say my work is highly customizable to suit your needs.
After I wrote my national exam and traveled for a year, I worked in many areas of OT, supporting people of all ages dealing with a full range of issues— from severe trauma to developmental delays— helping them adjust to a new normal by restoring strength, (physical, mental, emotional, spiritual) and developing healthy habits while continuing to find purpose and meaning in their lives.
Organizations I worked with include:
Quinte Children's Treatment Centre: supported children and families dealing with neurological disorders, cancer, developmental delays, sensory processing issues, in the areas of feeding, sleep, transitions, play, social and life skills, self-regulation and handwriting.
VHA Rehab: provided in-home treatment for newborn to preschoolers focused on functional skills (feeding, sleep, transitions) and motor development (crawling, sitting, standing); consulting with teachers, parents and school-aged children to assist with fine motor/handwriting/sensory processing/attention and coping in the classroom.
Neuro-Rehab Services Inc.: assessed children and adults with acquired brain injuries after car accidents and assisted them with coping in their day to day activities, reintegrating into their community and returning to work/school.
Windsor Regional Hospital: Worked with an inter-disciplinary team in inpatient rehabilitation for adults dealing with challenges associated with stroke, amputation, Multiple Schlerosis and orthopaedic surgeries.
Graduated from University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy in 2005.
Member of the Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists and in good standing with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario.
Attuned to Reiki level 2 with a focus on fertility, pregnancy, birth and postpartum