Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) Music Therapist,
MMT, MTA, RP (Q)
Holly provides counselling and music psychotherapy to kids, teens and adults facing mental health challenges. This includes anxiety, depression, grief, eating disorders, trauma, and substance use.
Holly is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) as well as a Music Therapist Accredited with the Canadian Association of Music Therapists. Holly provides counselling and music psychotherapy to kids, teens and adults facing mental health challenges. This includes anxiety, depression, grief, eating disorders, trauma, and substance use. Holly has provided acute care and support to children and adolescents at SickKids and Grand River Hospital as well as adults in inpatient mental health care at Homewood Health Centre.
The process of engaging in therapy looks different for every one of us. Holly strives to honour these differences by collaborating with each client to ensure the time spent in sessions is tailored to who you are and what you’re hoping to achieve. Holly supports people by creating a safe, warm, and non-judgemental space where you can feel comfortable in sharing your challenges, expressing your emotions, and exploring the intricacies of your experiences.
Holly is passionate about the incorporation of expressive arts therapies in verbal psychotherapy and counselling to create a treatment plan that best fits the needs of each person. This could include exercises like song writing as a means of expression or playing an instrument to experience a sense of presence and mindfulness. The use of music looks different with every session. For some, using music therapeutically resonates quite strongly, whereas others may prefer to process their experiences verbally.
The amount of music integrated into the therapeutic process is ultimately decided by each individual Holly works with. Holly practices under the umbrella of person-centered, trauma-informed care, drawing from humanism, anti-oppressive practice, and a strength-based approach. She uses multiple therapeutic modalities incorporating techniques from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Expressive Arts Therapies and Solution-Focused Therapy.
Holly places emphasis on the importance of the therapeutic relationship, authenticity in the therapeutic space, and collaborative goal-setting. She values kindness, safety, curiosity, authenticity, evidence-based techniques and a holistic approach to wellness and mental health care.