Counselling & Yoga Therapy
"Do you pay regular visits to yourself?"
Tiffani's counselling has been very helpful to me. She has helped me understand the root of my anxiety and ways to manage it.
Gain awareness and insight into oneself with the support of a professional counsellor in order to improve your relationship with yourself and others, make choices that are congruent to your values and needs, and live a life with more joy and ease. These are some of the concerns that can be addressed with the support of counselling:
Anxiety and Stress Management
Addiction (Relationship, Porn, Substances, Social Media etc)
Oppression & Racism
Compassion Fatigue and Burnout
Low Self-worth and Self-Esteem
Trauma (slow, acute, chronic and complex) and PTSD
Grief and loss
Emotional Regulation (including anger management)
$145 (+ GST) for a 50 minute session
$215 (+GST) for a 75 minute session
*virtual and in-person are available
Increase your understanding of your relationship patterns and unhelpful communication styles, and learn strategies to transform how you relate. Here are some examples of what can be addressed in couple counselling:
Emotional Safety & Connection
Intimacy and sex
Open and polyamorous relationships
Tiffani’s approach to relationship counselling is a compilation of theories and Collaborative Couple Therapy forms the foundation. Collaborative Couple Therapy is an adjacent approach to Gestalt Therapy and is a natural fit to her work. She integrates research and theories of the Gottman Method and Emotion-Focused Couple Therapy & Attachment, as well as Neuroscience, Mindfulness, and Embodied Relational Sex Therapy. The integration of these methods foster the deepening of couples' awarenesses and insights into the interpersonal and intrapersonal processes that foster helpful/unhelpful patterns within their relating.
In couple work, there may be many micro goals, but in order to support the exploration, the process begins with the development and/or deepening of emotional safety. Research in neurobiology findings reflect that emotional safety is essential to a healthy, connected and loving relationship. "Emotional safety" means trusting that your loved one is looking out for your emotional well-being. This trust creates room for vulnerability, which is the gateway to a felt sense of connectedness. The process of developing emotional safety involves first an understanding in theory and practice of the ingredients involved - empathy, validation, presence, patience, self-awareness & self-regulation. With these abilities as the foundation, couples can explore and come to understand the others’ experience and what has led to their way of being. Couples can come to know how their earlier life experiences (including "attachment style") may be impacting their relating and communication. They can come to recognize internal and external cues (triggers in the body and in relationship to another) and learn to make different choices in their interactions. Couples can learn coping strategies to self-soothe when activated and communication tactics that facilitate collaborative communicating that is productive. Couples work toward understanding and acceptance, rather than dismissing and accusing. It then becomes possible to zoom out and see the "big picture perspective", instead of getting caught in common cyclical traps (ie. attempting to convince the other they are right and the other is wrong).
With the foundational tools to build emotional safety, an openness to be curious about the impact of one's history on their relating (to self and others), and an interest in experimenting with vulnerability, couples will learn to navigate any minor to major conflict with ease. In addition, this approach cultivates a sense of feeling seen, heard and validated not just when in conflict, but every moment of every day.
$170 (+ GST) for a 60 minute session
$255 (+GST) for a 90 minute session
*virtual and in-person available
Couple trauma centred trauma sensitive yoga therapy is also available and can be a valuable addition to talk therapy.
$80 (+GST) for a 75 minute session (movement only/no talk therapy)
Check out the Intimacy Retreat offering
Tiffani provides a safe and judgement free space in which one can explore themselves and their life patterns. I developed healthy coping strategies and introspective skills that help support a more intentional and balanced life for myself.
Trauma Centered Trauma Sensitive Yoga Therapy
"There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophy"
About Trauma Centered Trauma Sensitive Yoga Therapy
Most people have experienced some form of trauma, whether that be a specific traumatic event, abuse (verbal, psychological, physical), a car accident, bullying/harassment, neglect, discrimination, the loss of a loved one, betrayal. The list can go on and on. Trauma is subjective to every person's life experience and relative to their situation. And no one trauma is the same or reverberates in a person's life or body the same. However, some traumas are more challenging to move through due the type and impact, a person's trauma history, epigenetics and life experiences.
Research and science have come to show the effects of trauma on the mind and body. In addition to difficult thoughts and memories, trauma is experienced as intolerable sensations in the body. These unbearable feelings can get stuck or held in the body and be overwhelming when activated, usually by something unexpected in the environment or in relationship to another. Unresolved trauma can be a barrier to living a life of ease. Yoga helps in reclaiming your body so these experiences cease in triggering and haunting you. Dr. Bessel Van Der Kolk, author of The Body Keeps Score, has come to know through his research that yoga is the most effective and sustainable way to treat trauma. Trauma centered trauma sensitive yoga therapy (TCTSY) takes into account the works of Dr. Stephen Porges who originated the Polyvagal Theory (PVT). Porges identified a biological order of human response that is active in all human experience and he coined the term neuroception to describe the way our autonomic nervous system responds to assess safety. This response happens for all of us automatically, without thought. Those who have experienced trauma can have a "confused" autonomic nervous system, meaning it can assess for safety in ordinary, innocuous situations and cause a constant heightened state of arousal. Since the body responds reflexively based on this PVT, healing from trauma demands an awareness and attunement to the physical self to understand, attend to and reorganize the response to cues in the environment that might set off a trauma response.
Trauma Centered Trauma Sensitive Yoga Therapy (TCTSY) supports this awareness building and offers body-based tools to attend to the trauma held in the body with sensitivity to the possibility of re-traumatization.
TCTSY integrates understanding and consideration of the pervasive nature of trauma (the impact physiologically and psychologically) and aims to promote safety to cultivate awareness of the body; to build mind-body connection; to increase self-regulation skills. TCTSY promotes environments of healing and recovery. The use of TCTSY in therapy can facilitate management, reduction and elimination of symptoms and foster a greater sense of embodied ease.
TCTSY is designed for those with Complex trauma (ie. ongoing/repetitive trauma experienced in relationships). However, it can be effective in treating PTSD (ie. distressing events) and Trauma in general. Working with and resolution of trauma requires a specialized approach. Tiffani is a Clinical Traumatologist and Trauma Centered Trauma Sensitive Yoga Therapy Facilitator, and her approach is to attend to the deep pathways of the brain and body through a combination of talk and yoga (movement) therapies. This integrative approach to resolving trauma is experiential, evidence-based and holistic, and can lead to sustainable change.
TCTSY may be covered by extended medical benefits. Contact Tiffani to determine.
Trauma Centered Trauma Sensitive Yoga Therapy (TCTSY) session:
$215 (+GST) for a 90 minute session
*session includes talk counselling and yoga therapy
$55 (+GST) for 50 minute TCTSY session
*movement therapy only