20 Minute Initial Video Consultation - Free
Online Sessions - $40-100/hour
Acupuncture & Bodywork Sessions - $70 -140
(90 minute initial session, 60 minute subsequent)
Monthly Treatment Package - $250
(4 weekly treatments)
Sliding Scale means you pay what works for you within that range, no questions asked.
I take payment by cash, cheque, e-transfer and credit card.
I issue a receipt with registration # to be submitted to insurers for reimbursement.
Acupuncture is an ancient healing system, involving the insertion of thin, sterile, disposable needles into various points on the body. These needles stimulate a biochemical response to facilitate the healing of many disorders, including pain, insomnia, digestive and reproductive problems - as well as stress, fatigue, anxiety and other mood dysfunctions… with virtually no negative side effects! Acupuncture is one of the oldest medical therapies in the world and is proven to be exceptionally safe.
In terms of theory, the intent of acupuncture is to move energy or "Qi" throughout the body, smoothing it where it may be stuck, strengthening it when it may be weak, and returning our bodies to a homeostatic balance. However, the most amazing thing about acupuncture is that it's simply a way of reminding a body how to do what it already knows – to heal itself. A large part of this is done by regulating the nervous system - by bringing bodies out of fight/flight/freeze states and into rejuvenating rest and restore states. Sessions become a practice for the body - as the nervous system learns to down-regulate and calm during treatments, it is better able to bring this capacity into everyday life also.
I often begin sessions with gentle inquiry and somatic exploration to draw forth your own inner, body-based wisdom. On the table, I incorporate gentle touch and bodywork to facilitate relaxation, settle the nervous system, and unwind pain or tension. I might also offer herbal, dietary or supplementation suggestions, or breathwork/movement/inquiry practices for you to try at home.
Everything but the needles and touch, essentially. Usually includes some form of somatic introspection, giving voice to exactly what's up in your body. And we might use questions to draw forth some dialogue here, pursuing inquiry with our wisest inner guide.
Our focus might be on more tangible self-care, chatting nutrition and herbal or lifestyle supports. Sometimes we're enlisting support from and connection with the wider-than-human natural world, or working with ritual or ceremony.
Accessibility is a priority for me - if my sliding scale isn't within reach, do contact me and we'll figure something out.
Mental Health Peer Support
Currently, I'm offering peer support via online video calls. I have lived experience of depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, mania, psychosis and postpartum mental illness. And through all of these experiences, I have become so very passionate about the concept of peer support.
Folks with mental unwellness need more than psychiatrists who pathologize and counsellors who sympathise . We need support from those who've actually been there. Those who don't just understand that depression can be deadly, that anxiety can be crippling, that psychosis can literally turn your life upside-down; but who know it - know it intimately, know it personally and deeply. We need support, but more important still, we need to see the people who have been through similar challenges and come out the other side relatively intact.
Together, we dive into the embodied inner terrain. We give voice to the body's wisdom, we connect with its wellness and wholeness. We hold space for the emotions and experiences trying to get our attention. And together we discover supportive practices and resources that work best for you.
This may or may not be a fit for someone in acute crisis, an introductory consult is recommended. Accessibility is a priority for me - if my sliding scale isn't within reach, do contact me and we'll figure something out.
Community Acupuncture involves patients receiving treatment together in a communal space. We allow time for a one-on-one consultation, and then have people to rest with the needles for as long as they need. There are many benefits to these types of treatments, including the magnification of therapeutic effect when people receive acupuncture together, and the reduction of isolation - which in itself, can strengthen a person’s resistance to disease.
Community Acupuncture also increases affordability and accessibility by allowing people to come as often as needed to get well and stay well. Acupuncture is a process, and most people require a course of treatments to see results, not just a single session. Community Acupuncture is set up to facilitate this process so that you may come in as often as needed to get better and stay better.