Therapy for sex workers

offering teletherapy worldwide through secure video or in person in ottawa

my approach

My approach is guided by my values and ethics. As a social-justice informed therapist, I recognize how structures such as patriarchy, capitalism, whorephobia, sexism, racism, and ableism affect our day-to-day lives. I believe our distress has biological, psychological, and social roots, and I take time to make sure I understand all the different layers of your experience. My goal is to make sure you feel seen and heard in your experience, and to guide you as you achieve your goals.

I use a variety of different approaches in my work, including cognitive behavioural therapy, psychodynamic therapy, emotion(ally)-focused therapy, feminist narrative therapy, family therapy, motivational interviewing, and attachment-based and mentalization therapies. The approach I use will depend on the specific issue(s) you would like to work on. For example, if you’ve experienced complex traumas, I will not use cognitive behavioural therapy. Rather, I will use psychodynamic approaches with a focus on creating safety for you. If you’re experiencing anxiety, I may work with you to develop emotion regulation techniques used in mindfulness-based cognitive behavioural therapy.

Depending on the length of therapy, I may use different approaches at different times.

 

How does it work?

I offer therapy services at a private mental health clinic in downtown Ottawa, or worldwide through SecureVideo, which is a platform that offers end-to-end encryption for its users. End-to-end encryption means our video cannot be hacked, and our session will be secure. While I take notes, I never include information that could put either of us at risk. For example, I may write that we discussed “family dynamics” but will not go into the details. I will never disclose your sex work in my notes.

My rate is $125 + HST per session and I offer an initial free 20-30 minute consultation to see if we are a good fit. We accept all major insurance companies including ManuLife, SunLife, and Green Shield Canada. Pease note that most insurance companies require a referral from your doctor in order to access benefits. 

I offer sliding-scale services for lower-income sex workers that need to pay for their own services at $90 per session (including HST), on a case-by-case basis.

If you are a member of Ottawa Independent Companions, you may be able to access subsidized therapy with me. Please get in touch with a member of committee, for more information. 

do you see couples or people in monogamous, non-monogamous, or poly relationships?

Yes. If you’re a sex worker interested in my services with your partner(s), please get in touch with me. I welcome all attachment relationships in my practice, including those in monogamous, non-monogamous or polyamorous relationships.

how do we get started?

Please contact me through any of my social media accounts and/or by e-mail, which is located on the “Me Contacter” page.

To maintain my own confidentiality, I cannot share where I work, my work e-mail address, or other information here. However, if you’re a sex worker, I will gladly share this information with you privately so you can read my profile, learn about where I work, and make an informed decision about your care.